Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
THE City of Cockburn is offering local pensioners a senior’s security subsidy to help with the costs of staying safe at home.

Up to $200 can be claimed by eligible senior citizens each financial year to contribute to the installation of home security equipment.

In addition to the security subsidy, the City offers free workshops to inform residents of potential hazards or difficulties in the community.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said there were numerous security services offered by the council as part of an over-reaching strategy to ensure effective safety and well-being in Cockburn.

“The City of Cockburn provides several security options for all residents and it’s important we meet the needs of the seniors in our community,” he said.

“A large amount of time and energy goes into community safety and this subsidy is another way the city is helping our residents.

“Research indicates those who appear confident and take security precautions are less likely to be victims of crime and will even deter a criminal.”

A one-off $200 government security subsidy is also available with application forms at Australia Post.

The City of Cockburn also offers tips to help with local security:

• Remember, lock it or lose it.
• Never open your door to strangers, even if it sounds urgent.
• Keep your home visible from the street, prune back trees and bushes and have sensor lighting installed.
• Install a good quality security door that complies with the Australian Standards 2803.
• Fit external doors with deadlocks – preferably ones that use keys on both sides on a solid core door.
• Keylock all windows using a good quality locking system.
• A door view or peeper hole is good for identifying a visitor before allowing them entry.
• Do not hide keys under mats or flower pots because they are the first place a burglar will look.
• If you are going out, even for a short while, leave a light and radio on because it will appear as if someone is at home.

To make a claim for the City of Cockburn’s security subsidy, or for more information on security services, call (08) 9411 3641.

seniors subsidy.jpeg: Yangebup residents Ken and Nancy Barrett highlight the importance of security for seniors.

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City of Cockburn

The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 85,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9411 3551


Seniors in the City of Cockburn can get up to $200 each financial year for the installation of home security equipment


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