Businesses warned to be secure
ONE of the Coffs Coast's leading security consultants says the increased security presence at financial institutions across the region is the best move banks and credit unions could have made.
Warrick Jackson, owner of K&W Security Consultants, said both business and home owners should make the fact their security measures were in place plain to see.
"The more obvious it is that there are effective security measures in place the greater the deterrent value," Mr Jackson said.
The best way to do this is with warning stickers and signs.
With more than 30 years' experience as an electrician/electronic security technician and consultant behind him, Mr Jackson said there were a few principles that everyone should follow when it came to security.
He said the best place to start was with the basics.
"Keep valuables locked away and out of sight, make sure windows, doors, etc., are shut and locked when not in use," Mr Jackson said.
"If security devices such as window locks, electronic alarm systems or closed-circuit TV systems are in place, ensure they are in good condition, fully operational and/or well maintained."
The run of armed hold-ups in the area over the past month moved Mr Jackson to offer the following advice.
"If confronted by an offender, either in a break-in situation or even worse, a hold-up event, do not panic, follow their requests," he said.
"No personal goods or valuables are worth risking injury or your life."
Mr Jackson also made a request that everyone play their part in the safety of the community by being security conscious.
"Note suspicious persons and/or actions, be aware of strange vehicles or activities in the area," he said.
"Communicate with other neighbours or business owners on security issues and/or concerns and report any genuine concern to the police."