Don’t give thieves an easy en­try

Whitsunday Times - - DOMAIN -

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.”

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