It was just before 3:00 PM in Boston on 15 April, 2013. Hundreds of people are gathered to watch the annual Boston Marathon. The crowd was ecstatic as some of the first athletes to finish the race were nearing the finish line.
Within seconds, the first bomb exploded a few meters from the finish line. The explosion was so powerful it knocked down a couple of runners who were about to cross the finish line. It also threw spectators to the ground and shattered windows on the surrounding buildings.
Within seconds, the second bomb exploded with equal force, causing more devastation and causing the already shaken crowd to panic even more.
The aftermath of both blasts left a gruesome scene of gore and terror, leaving three dead and over 140 injured. But humanity never relented. Out of the evil came human nature’s finest moment when men and women risked their own lives just to save others and provide courage to the terrified.
Watch the story here.
America and the whole world are now knocking on legislation’s door to expedite justice. People are now also crying for more stringent security measures in the streets to ensure that nothing like the terrible attack in Boston on Monday would ever happen anywhere again.
The need for more ‘eyes’ in the streets
Despite the huge number of videos on Monday’s Boston explosion that spread on the Internet, there was very little evidence to go around to pinpoint who planted those bombs in the scene.
The incident has all the more reminded legislation to set up more security camera systems such as CCTV cameras that are capable of capturing wide angle videos. Security cameras that are strategically placed in the streets will not only deter crimes; they could also be used to pinpoint perpetrators.
Monday’s incident has also put the authorities on the spotlight for failing to implement tighter security measures during a crowded event. Many are asking why police and security personnel visibility was noticeably low during the event.
The Americans are now calling legislation and businesses for more security camera systems to be installed around every city to thwart anything similar to Monday’s incident from ever happening again.
With very few videos to go around to spot suspects or anything that could point to the culprits, the authorities have been blind-sided, perhaps causing the investigation to be more challenging than it should.
Here in Sydney, people are now questioning whether it’s time to beef up security measures by installing more security camera systems and CCTV cameras around key areas of the city.
Do you think that the government should step up efforts to tighten security in Sydney even more following Monday’s incident in Boston? Should more CCTV cameras and other surveillance equipment be mandatorily installed in commercial centres?
Have your say by leaving a comment below.
Are you able to sleep peacefully at night? Worrying about the safety and protection of your family? Just recently I’ve read the news and I found about a 29-year-old man that has been charged with murder, following the death of a 26-year-old woman who was shot in the head on Sunday night, in a townhouse south of Brisbane. She was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, but eventually died while being treated by the doctors.
The 29-year-old flatmate was helping the police with their questions and inquiries about the incident.
Superintendent Hutchinson said that many of the neighbours heard the gunshot but did not want to go into specific details.
The police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the killing or knows anything about it to come forward. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Evidence shows that majority of criminals and robbers choose houses that don’t have a home security system, of course who would want to rob a house which is secured, it’s pretty obvious. There are over 2 million burglaries occuring every year, and thousands of dollars are being robbed from innocent homes. The good thing about today’s technology is, you can protect your family and your home from these kind of opportunistic people.
Always remember the value of anyone’s life and aim to protect the most important asset a person can have in his/her life time, your family. I know these kinds of events are unexpected so I recommend everyone to be prepared all the time. So, I’m going to share here some tips on how we can avoid these kinds of incidents:
1.) Never share your personal details (home address, D-O-B, Full name….)
2.) Never forget to lock your gate/doors in your home.
3.) Always leave at least 1 light open on a night time.
4.) Consider having a dog that can guard your house and make some noise in case someone invades your home.
5.) Have a CCTV/Security System or Alarm installed.
6.) Put 000 on your speed dial in case you feel unsafe in your home.
There are unlimited ways to protect your family and yourself from nasty criminals. Install a high quality home security system, think about getting a dog and follow some of the tips I have mentioned and I’m sure you’ll be safer.
Always keep safe and if you want to share your story, comment below.
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Are security systems a deterrent to crime? You might want to ask Jane, an Inner-Melbourne resident who realized that her home had been broken into again when she noticed that the blinds were blowing in the wind as she arrived home.
The same thing had happened twice in previous years, and she dreaded the totality of the inconvenience this situation was going to cause her. Along with determining whatever it was the burglars stole from her home, now she would have to face long waits for the police, her real estate agent, and people to come fix things that had been broken.
Jane is not unlike other people in Australia who have had their homes invaded by nefarious individuals, and she understands that there must be something done to prevent such crimes. While most people know there will always be opportunistic individuals in society just looking for a chance to take what is not theirs, many also know there must be something they can do to keep from being the next victim.
Seasonal Factors to Crime
Law enforcement authorities in Sydney will tell you there are some seasonal factors that set some residents up for burglaries.
During spring and summer months, many people choose to open windows and doors to let in the cool breeze to reduce the heat in their homes. These are also the times when people take holidays, leaving their homes more vulnerable to invasion.
Along with the factors that seem to be an open invitation for criminals to walk right in and make themselves at home, it is common knowledge these days that societies are simply declining in personal responsibility on the behalf of others. Too many people have an entitlement mentality, which in some ways impacts their desire to take what belongs to someone else.
Turning to Home Security Systems
With all of that said, many people are turning to security systems as a deterrent to criminal behavior in their neighborhoods.
Of course, that brings into the conversations thoughts of whether this is a cost effective solution for some. Each individual will be required to answer that question for themselves according to their own personal considerations.
We want to protect the valuables inside our homes but most importantly, we want to protect our families.
If we are looking at cost effectiveness in terms of personal security, Newhams Security can provide a free security evaluation for you and give you a customized home security system plan that fits your budget.
If you want to know more about the real cost of security systems for your home or business, call us at 1300 133 343.
A couple was tied up while their home was raided, before their car was stolen and torched. The 30-year-old man and 27-year-old woman were tied together in the bedroom of their home at Munno Para West during the home invasion. Police said three men — two armed with guns — forced their way into the Chellaston Road home, threatening the two occupants and demanding a key to a gun safe. While the couple was bound together the alleged offenders stole three firearms, including a rifle and a shotgun. The trio — described as being of Aboriginal appearance and wearing dark clothing — also stole the white VS Holden Commodore sedan, which was parked in the driveway. The vehicle was found burnt out in the reserve near Kinkaid Road in Elizabeth East the following morning. Police advise that deadlocks on doors, key locks on windows and a monitoredsecurity alarm can assist in home crime prevention.
A man and a woman were tied up at gunpoint during a violent home invasion on the Gold Coast. Two men armed with a gun, knife and baseball bat forced their way into De Haviland Avenue home in Benowa. They tied up the 42-year-old man and 41-year-old woman, threatened the couple and struck the man with the baseball bat. The alleged offenders then stole cash and electrical goods. Police were attempting to determine whether the couple knew their attackers. Police advise that securing your home can significantly lower the risk of you and your family becoming victims of crime. All perimeter doors to your home should be of solid construction and fitted with quality deadlock sets to restrict unauthorised access. They also suggest monitored burglar alarms are worth considering. At least three quotes should be obtained from licensed security companies. Anyone with information about the Gold Coast attack is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.
A 63-year-old man has been assaulted during a home invasion at his Redfern apartment. The man opened his door after he heard someone knocking. The assailant pushed his way into the unit before allegedly assaulting him, threatening him and fleeing with a sum of cash. The alleged attacker was described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, 25 to 27 years of age, 168cm tall with a slim build. He was wearing blue jeans and covered his face with a tea towel. The 63-year-old did not require medical attention. Police warn that by securing your home you significantly lower the risk of you and your family becoming victims of crime. A monitored alarm system is among the options advised to reduce risk. Police from Redfern Local Area Command were investigating the incident. Anyone with any information was asked to contact Redfern Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A reduction in the number of licensed premises in Melbourne is one step that could be taken to address nighttime violence in the city, according to Victoria Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Rod Wilson. There are 1600 venues licensed to serve alcohol, 350 of which are open into the early hours of the morning. While most hotels adopt security measures such as CCTV surveillance, Mr Wilson said he believed there were simply too many venues and not enough patrons. “A lot of clubs are really well-managed, but other clubs aren’t so well-managed. It’s a very competitive market and I think a lot of clubs that are feeling a bit of economic heat are more likely to serve an underage or intoxicated person because they really need that cash flow,” he said. Mr Wilson said operators of some premises may be tempted to operate unscrupulously in order to make a profit.
A man who was shot by police following a car chase has now been charged over a series of armed robberies. The 34-year-old was shot after a car chase from Aratula to Killarney in south-east Queensland in July. He was allegedly carrying a firearm during the incident, in which he was shot in the leg and arm. Following the incident, he was under police guard in hospital. The man will now face court, accused of committing numerous armed robbery offences in several Brisbane suburbs. Charges will include common assault, stealing and acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm. Meanwhile, the Queensland Police Service’s Ethical Standards Command is investigating the shooting incident. Police would not release details or reveal whether there was CCTV footage of the incident.
Police are investigating armed attacks on two hotels and a busy post office in Sydney’s west and inner west that occurred within hours of each other. Three men wearing balaclavas and armed with a shotgun and a knife entered the Emerton post office in Sydney’s west, threatening staff and customers before stealing cash. The trio fled in a silver Holden Commodore. Police will examine whether the attack is linked to one earlier that day in which three men robbed a hotel in nearby Plumpton. Also on August 2, three men armed with knives and a pistol forced their way into the bottle shop at the Newington Inn in Petersham. They forced an employee to hand over cash before locking him in a vehicle. The men then broke into the hotel and stole more cash before fleeing in a stolen gold Jeep Cherokee. Two robbers covered their face with cloths while the third was wearing a balaclava to avoid detection by video surveillance systems and witnesses.
A man wielding a large knife allegedly threatened service station attendants in two separate incidents in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs on the same night. In the first incident, the man allegedly entered a Liberty service station in Para Hills West just after midnight. He threatened a staff member, who refused to hand over money, before fleeing empty handed. Just before 1am, a man armed with a large knife entered a Caltex service station at Gilles Plains. He threatened staff, demanding money, and fled with cash. The man used a black cloth or bandanna to hide his face from CCTV systems. Police patrols, with the help of sniffer dogs, were unable to track the offender on either occasion. In both incidents the offender was described as a man with tanned skin, 165cm-175cm tall, with a slim build, and wearing a black hooded jumper with a Nike motif, black track pants and sneakers.