CCTV, alarms are hot property in the western suburbs

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The home security business is “booming” as demand skyrockets in Caroline Springs, Derrimut and Burnside, suburbs’ hit by a spate of home invasions, robberies and car-jackings, according to a local security specialist.

Derrimut CCTV camera and security alarm installer Rob Ribic said there has been a spike in demand for his business in recent months.

Ribic said locals are spending big money on security too, with one Caroline Springs family paying out $3500 recently.

He believes it is a direct response to home break-ins, armed robberies and carjackings in the area over recent months.

He said, “I’m living in the heart of it; I understand the fear”.

“My wife is scared; I have three children myself. It is a bit daunting.”

Ribic said the demand for extra security had come from three suburbs in particular.

He continued, “I’ve been doing a fair bit of late in Derrimut, Burnside and Caroline Springs”.

“I was doing maybe two to three [system installations] a month, an average week is now about two to three a week. It’s booming.”

Mr Ribic said modern-day technology allowed residents to view camera surveillance 24 hours a day through their mobile phones, TV or iPad.

Caroline Springs home security installer Anton said he had also noticed an increase in demand, especially for security cameras.

“There’s been a lot more people asking for cameras at their homes,” he said.

“People that have alarm systems doing nothing, they’re calling to service them and reprogram them. It’s … all over Melbourne.”

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