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Why Security Systems Are More Than Just Alarms: A Look at NSW’s Immediate Needs Support Package

In New South Wales (NSW), the government has recently launched an Immediate Needs Support Package (INSP) to help victims of domestic abuse and other forms of violence. As a security and electrical installation business, we’ve seen an increase in people calling for security systems who are in this position. This is why it’s crucial to recognise that security systems are more than just alarms, and they can play an essential role in preventing violence from occurring in the first place.

What Is The Immediate Needs Support Package?

The INSP aims to provide financial assistance to those who have experienced violence and need help with immediate needs, such as accommodation, transport and security upgrades. One of the key features of the package is the provision of funding for security upgrades, including the installation of home security alarm systems.

But how exactly can security systems help prevent violence? Here are a few ways:

 

Deterrents

Security systems act as a visible deterrent to potential abusers. Knowing that there are cameras and alarms in place can discourage an abuser from attempting to enter the premises or from engaging in abusive behavior.

 

Monitoring

Security systems can also provide real-time monitoring, which can alert victims, neighbours or law enforcement to any suspicious or dangerous behavior.

 

Evidence

In the event that violence does occur, security footage and other evidence collected by security systems can be used to hold perpetrators accountable and support legal action.

 

Beyond the prevention of domestic violence, having home security alarm systems is also beneficial for the following reasons:

  • Increased property value, which makes it more attractive to potential buyers.
  • Improved insurance premiums as it reduces the risk of theft and damage to the property.
  • Peace of mind and helps you feel more secure and confident in your day-to-day lives.

 

Types Of Security Systems To Consider

When it comes to preventing domestic violence, having a comprehensive security system in place can make all the difference. There are many different types of security systems that can be installed in homes, each with their own unique features and benefits. These include the following:

  • Door and window locks: These are basic security systems that can help prevent unauthorised entry into a home. Among the types of locks available are deadbolts, latch bolts and jimmy-proof locks.
  • Security screens: These are mesh screens that are installed over doors and windows to provide an extra layer of protection against intruders. They are often made of high-strength steel or aluminum and can be custom-fitted to any door or window.
  • CCTV cameras: CCTV cameras can be installed both inside and outside a home, and they can record any activity that takes place in the area. CCTV cameras can be connected to a home security system and monitored remotely by a security company or the homeowner.
  • Motion sensors: Similar to CCTV cameras, these sensors can also be installed both inside and outside a home and can detect any movement. They can be connected to an alarm system and can alert the homeowner or security company if any movement is detected.
  • Smart home security systems: These are security systems that can be controlled remotely using a smartphone or tablet. They can include a range of security features, such as cameras, motion sensors and door and window locks, and can be customised to meet the specific needs of the homeowner.

 

Eligibility Requirements and Application For The INSP

To be eligible for the INSP in NSW, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a primary victim of domestic violence, which means you have experienced domestic or family violence, sexual assault or other violent crime in NSW
  • Be a resident of NSW
  • Be in urgent need of support to meet your basic needs
  • Be able to provide evidence of the violence, such as a police report, court order or letter from a support service or health professional.

 

The INSP covers a range of violent crimes, including domestic and family violence, sexual assault, physical assault and other violent crimes. In case you were not able to report the violence to the police, a medical report that shows how you have been affected by the violence or information from a government or non-government organisation that you reported the domestic violence will be needed.

 

To apply for the INSP, you must accomplish and sign the INSP Claim Form found here and email it to vsin@justice.nsw.gov.au along with the evidence required.

 

CGF Security & Electrical: Reliable and Smart Security Solutions

The INSP recognises the importance of having security systems at homes and is providing funding to help victims of violence install home security alarm systems. As a security and electrical installation business, we are committed to working with victims of domestic abuse to ensure that they have the right security systems in place to keep them safe. We understand that every situation is different and that different home security alarm systems may be required to meet the needs of each individual.

 

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse or violence, it’s important to reach out for help. The NSW government’s INSP is just one resource available, and there are many other organisations and support networks that can help. Together, we can work to prevent domestic violence and create a safer community for everyone.

For more details about our services, contact us today.

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