Don’t give thieves an easy entry
WHEN it comes to security, units and townhouses can be just as vulnerable as other residential homes, and poor security habits can put the whole complex at risk.
“Research suggests most break-ins are preventable, but it requires occupants to take a responsible approach to maintaining security in their building,” Neighbourhood Watch state coordinator Sergeant Steve Batterham said.
“Most offenders are opportunists, searching for quick, easy entry and exit points” - Real Estate Institute of Queensland Acting CEO Antonia Mercorella said proper management of visitor access tools could help avoid break-ins.
“Some apartment complexes have intercom systems, which when used properly, can be an invaluable security tool,” Ms Mercorella said.
“Intercom systems also act as a deterrent to offenders. If a stranger requests entry through the intercom system, don’t allow them access to the building; refer them to the manager instead.
“And, if you’re accessing the complex and a stranger approaches for entry, just don’t let them in.” Another simple way to protect your property when living in a unit or townhouse is to get to know your neighbour. “If you and your neighbour are aware of each other’s general habits, you can help prevent crime by being alert to anything out of the ordinary,” Sergeant Batterham said.
“The quick-thinking and fast-acting diligent neighbour who contacts police with information about suspicious incidents has helped averted many break-ins and deterred offenders.”