Rebates for home security systems launch to tackle growing safety concerns

Sarah IsonNorth West Telegraph
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long, along with the rest of the council, hopes more residents will invest in home security devices with the rollout of a subsidy scheme.
Camera IconCity of Karratha Mayor Peter Long, along with the rest of the council, hopes more residents will invest in home security devices with the rollout of a subsidy scheme. Credit: Alicia Perera

Serious safety concerns brewing in Karratha over the past months are being taken up by local government, as a proposed security subsidy scheme has officially launched for residents to have 50 per cent of costs for security systems covered.

An emergency crime meeting called by the community in October saw about 100 residents airing concerns about the rise of crime and need for greater safety.

Several attendees recounted being burgled or robbed and others said public anger was reaching the point of possible vigilante action.

More police officers, private security patrols and rebates for home security equipment were all called for.

The City of Karratha moved quickly to establish rebates under the Safer Communities Partnership, and approved the security subsidy scheme in December.

The scheme is now officially in place and residents are able to claim 50 per cent of costs for installing CCTV, alarm systems or sensor lighting, purchased after March 1.

Mayor Peter Long told Pilbara News last yearlocal government was committed to helping prevent crimes.

“Community safety is a shared responsibility and a priority for council,” he said.

“In response to community concerns, council has endorsed a scheme, which allows eligible residents to claim up to $200 towards the cost of installing security.

“Products available under the scheme will further assist with crime prevention and may assist police to identify and prosecute offenders.”

Applications for subsidies can only be made after products have been installed after March 1 and each property is limited to one application.

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