The Queensland Police have produced a great resource providing advice about security for strata title properties. These tips and recommendations are a great start to reducing the risk of break-ins.
When it comes to high-rise residential buildings and apartments, security is essential. The majority of break-ins are opportunistic, especially when there is evidence of quick and easy entry and unsecured valuables are visible.
Some tips for reducing risk include:
Having good individual routines and habits is essential in safeguarding all residents.
Identify management’s role and function in your building and have relevant phone numbers saved in your phone.
Ensure you are aware of building evacuation and safety procedures.
Close any communal doors that are open and unattended.
Avoid lending keys to anyone, even if they are someone you trust.
Make sure you have properly fitted deadlocks and window locks, with locks ‘keyed alike’ which fit all doors and windows.
Always keep your balcony screen doors locked, even when you are home and it is night time.
Avoid storing excess belongings and valuables in garage areas and lock-up garages.
Keep your bicycle in a locked storage area where possible and consider removing the wheel or seat when not in use.
Take a photograph of your bicycle, including the serial number and save it in your records.
Secure bicycles and motorcycles if possible, to something solid in the absence of a locked storage area. Use additional security measures for motorcycles.
Remove all valuables (including garage remotes) and personal items when leaving your car unattended or ensure they are out of sight.
Always lock your car, including the boot, and remember to fully close all windows.
Secure your registration plates with anti-theft screws.
Check the garage door closes completely each time you enter and exit, so that potential offenders cannot sneak in.
(Multi-residential living security, www.police.qld.gov.au)
You can download the complete brochure here.