Bundaberg security businesses say they’re busier than ever as more residents look to protect their homes.
Close to 160 thefts or unlawful entries have been recorded in the region in the past month.
Owner of Don’t Touch Security Erich Rath has a three week backlog to install CCTV cameras.
“They’re [residents are] worried about the escalating theft and the fact that someone in their street has been broken into,” he says.
“I’ve had a couple now that have called up and said there’s violence in their street and they just want to make sure they’re covered.
“Violence is the other thing that’s on the up and up.”
Mr Rath says the tech gives people greater peace of mind, able to use their phone or TV to check out unusual behaviour.
“If they hear a noise or something they can just flick to another channel and view what’s happening outside straight away so they don’t have to go outside, they feel more safe and secure inside their house.”
The cameras are also crucial for police investigations if an incident does occur.
“Had an incident the other day where I had to go and burn some footage for the police,” Mr Rath says.
“The young lad covered his face, but didn’t cover any of his tattoos so police were able to identify him from his tattoos.”
Companies are also sending out more guards to construction sites in response to growing thefts around industrial areas and from work vehicles.