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Home Security Precautions, New South Wales
 
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    NAME OF ORGANISATION
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW

    The Home Security Precautions survey is a one-off survey conducted in October 1999 as a supplement to the Monthly Population Survey. The survey provides information on aspects of Home Security in NSW households and it aims to present information which identifies the extent of responsibility households take for their own safety.

    Topics covered include: the presence and use of a range of home security devices; reasons for installing home security items; estimated expenditure on home security; and for households with no security for their home, reasons for not obtaining security.

    PURPOSE

    The purpose of the survey is to investigate the extent of, and motivation for, usage of security precautions by households. Crime reduction is a key priority of NSW Police Service with approximately 10% of resources dedicated to this. Information obtained from this survey would be used to analyse the extent of responsibility households take for their own security and the effect of socio-economic differences on the level of security precautions taken.

    Only one schedule will be completed for each household selected. Information pertaining to that household will be collected from any responsible adult aged 18 years and over. Key areas of interest include:

    • demographic information such as type of dwelling and nature of occupancy;
    • presence and use of a range of household security devices;
    • reasons for installing household security items;
    • estimated expenditure on household security precautions.

    SCOPE

    Scope: All households in private dwellings in NSW

    Coverage: Standard Labour Force coverage rules

    The following are exclusions on coverage for the labour force:

    • visitors to the household;
    • members of the permanent defence forces;
    • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from censuses and surveys;
    • overseas residents in Australia; and
    • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependents) stationed in Australia; and
    • residents of non-private dwellings such as hospitals and motels.

    Information was collected by either face-to-face or telephone interview from one responsible adult per household. This survey was conducted using seven-eighths of the full sample of private dwellings in New South Wales that were included in the MPS.

    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework

    The collection was conducted as a supplement to the ABS Monthly Population Survey (MPS) in October 1999. Information was collected from households in private dwellings throughout New South Wales. As well as the standard MPS output, information collected includes:

    Demographic

    • Type of household, e.g. person living alone, married couple only, etc.
    • Geographic - Statistical Regions in NSW

    Dwelling characteristics

    • Type of dwelling
    • Nature of occupancy
    • Whether dwelling is at street level (flats only)

    Home Security Items Blocks of Flats/apartments

    Whether block of flats has:

    • Intercom System
    • Key/ Swipecard entry to the whole building
    • Permanent on-site security guard

    Home Security Items Separate houses, row or terrace houses, townhouses

    Whether dwelling has:

    • Sensor lights
    • Locked gates

    Home Security Items All dwellings

    Whether dwelling has:

    Security screen door(s) or deadlock(s)

    • Key operated window locks
    • Lockable security shutters on windows
    • Bars or grilles on windows
    • Burglar alarm
    • Watchdog/guard dog

    Amount household has spent on home security in the 12 months to Oct 99

    • Up to $99
    • $100 to $499
    • $500 to $999
    • $1000 or more

    Level of home security present

    • All entrances protected
    • Some entrances protected
    • No entrances protected

    Importance of existing security in the households decision to live in the dwelling

    • A major factor
    • A factor
    • Not a factor

    Whether Household installed security items after moving into the dwelling

    • All and Main reason(s) for installing home security
    • All and Main reason(s) for not installing home security

    Main outputs

    Publication: Home Security Precautions, New South Wales (ABS Cat No. 5416.1)

    Classifications

    Standard Classifications are used for Labour Force variables and the following have been used for household security data items.

    Dwelling characteristics

    • Type of dwelling
    • Nature of occupancy
    • Whether dwelling is at street level (flats only)

    Home Security Items Blocks of Flats/apartments

    Whether block of flats has:

    • Intercom System
    • Key/ Swipecard entry to the whole building
    • Permanent on-site security guard

    Home Security Items Separate houses, row or terrace houses, townhouses

    Whether dwelling has:

    • Sensor lights
    • Locked gates

    Home Security Items All dwellings

    Whether dwelling has:

    • Security screen door(s) or deadlock(s)
    • Key operated window locks
    • Lockable security shutters on windows
    • Bars or grilles on windows
    • Burglar alarm
    • Watchdog/guard dog

    Amount household has spent on home security in the 12 months to Oct 99

    • Up to $99
    • $100 to $499
    • $500 to $999
    • $1000 or more

    Level of home security present

    • All entrances protected
    • Some entrances protected
    • No entrances protected

    Importance of existing security in the households decision to live in the dwelling

    • A major factor
    • A factor
    • Not a factor

    Whether Household installed security items after moving into the dwelling

    • All and Main reason(s) for installing home security
    • All and Main reason(s) for not installing home security

    Other concepts (summary)

    Not Applicable

    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    New South Wales
    Major Statistical Region

    Comments and/or Other Regions

    Not applicable

    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    Once Only

    Frequency comments

    At this stage it is not planned to run another Home Security Precautions survey.

    COLLECTION HISTORY

    One-off state supplementary survey

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments

    Data is available in the publication Home Security Precautions, New South Wales (ABS Cat No. 4516.1). Customised data services are available to clients on request.


    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    04/11/2002 02:52 PM



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