Home Safety and Security
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Topics covered include: whether smoke alarms are installed, whether the dwelling has security features such as deadlocks on doors, security screens, a burglar alarm and whether the household experienced a break-in or attempted break-in. For households which have experienced a break-in or attempted break-in, the survey collects information about the security features of the dwelling at the time of the incident and the characteristics of the break-in or attempted break-in such as point of entry, time of day, day of week.
Ensuring Western Australians are safe and secure in their homes is a key priority for the Western Australian government. The government is therefore interested in undertaking research into the safety measures householders take to protect themselves and their homes from fire and emergencies; and the security features that householders install to protect their homes from household property crime.
This information will assist the government to develop safety programs, particularly targeting specific types of households at greatest risk in emergencies and to set and promote minimum security standards for public and private housing to reduce the incidence of household property crime.
The HSS survey was conducted as a supplement to the ABS Monthly Population Survey (MPS) in October 2004. It was conducted on a subset of the full sample of private dwellings in WA that were included in the MPS. It covered all persons who were usual residents of private dwellings except:
Coverage rules were applied to ensure that each person was associated with only one dwelling, and hence had only one chance of selection in the survey.
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Data will be available in the publication Home Safety and Security, Western Australia (ABS Cat No. 4526.5.55.001). Additional data will be available on request as a chargeable service.
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