Wireless security leads to arrests
Theft in Canterbury is on the rise according to statistics released today (1 April) by Canterbury Police. In the 2013 year theft and related offences made up the highest proportion of recorded crime – 33 percent, followed by property damage related offences at 15 percent, unlawful entry and burglary at 14 percent.
District Commander Superintendent Gary Knowles says Police have put a huge effort into crime prevention and frontline response over the past 24 months. This has seen an overall decrease in recorded crime.
“The message for Canterbury residents is that our focus on prevention is working, and after the earthquake upheavals we are back on track in terms of keeping our communities safe,” he says.
Ross Galt Lock and Alarm are also seeing the positive benefits of prevention – particularly in the area of technology use to secure sites. Property owners and managers are looking to technology to prevent theft, property damage and unlawful entry, and getting positive results.
Ross Galt Electronic Security divisional manager Peter Erridge says that customised and high tech solutions used on to prominent earthquake damaged sites around the city have ended in several arrests in the recent weeks.
A large hotel site and a Colombo Street building, both under the management of the Carter Group had both been targeted repeatedly by squatters, thieves, vandals and incidents of arson. The installation of wireless technology to secure the premises has lead to arrests on both sites.
If someone gains entry to your building, they are committed, says Erridge. “If you can deter them or surprise them before they get in, there is a far greater chance they will disappear – as they are not yet fully committed to the crime. The other option proving popular is the detection of a property breach, allowing Police to be called to the scene.
In the case of the two sites, unique solutions were found for each. “With no power, we turned to wireless technology. An external beam, connected to a control panel alerted the system of a breach – this information was transmitted back to monitoring service, Triton Security by GPRS signal. In both cases, they called the Police, who apprehended intruders inside both buildings.
“In this post earthquake environment, if you are going to use electronic security solutions – be it alarms, cameras or external light beams, it really needs to be professionally monitored,” Erridge adds.
There are many security solutions, but the correct combinations are being installed across the city, specific to the site and budget. “With a wireless connection, security beams, movement detectors, well placed cameras and lights that turn on if the perimeter is breached and through video feed, we can instantly see what that breach is and if the police or security company needs to be called.”
There are also a number of different deterrents that can be used on the exterior of a premise, once a breech has occurred; you can have a staged series of security measures kick in – including alarms, lights, sirens, and voiced warnings that the intruder is being watched.
“Or in the case of the recent arrests – no external warnings were used, but the intruders tripped wireless security beams across windows, allowing the Police to be called and the intruders were then caught red handed,” Erridge adds.
“Your external line of defence is important – the more barriers you have between them and their target – the interior of your building, the less likely they are to gain entry.”
The Ross Galt Electronic Security division was created as a direct response to the earthquakes. The monitoring, rebuild and repair of business and commercial premises across the region is seeing increasing numbers of businesses integrate electronic security more seamlessly into the overall protection of their buildings, he says.