Multi Residential Accommodation

Poor security habits can put the whole building at risk.  It is the responsibility of all residents to take basic security precautions.

Most thieves are opportunists, searching for quick and easy entry and exit points.  Think like a thief and limit the possibilities for trespassers.

What are some simple measures you can do to contribute towards the safety and security of your building?

Know your neighbour

Because of the nature of multi residential living, it is to overlook the benefits of knowing your neighbour.

What are the benefits of knowing your neighbour?

  • can reduce crime in your building
  • can increase levels of participation among residents by:-
    • being aware
    • being friendly
    • caring about your neighbours
    • caring about where you live
  • increase levels of perceived safety and well being among those who live in your building
If you see something, say something

Take notes as not to forget.  If something is happening now, call Police on 131 444.  Alternatively, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if Police attendance is not required.

General security

  • Find out who your building manager or body corporate members are.
  • Enter their details into your phone for easy reference.
  • Find out what your building procedures are if an incident occurs.

Security tips

Visitor access - Do not let strangers follow you into the building.  Everyone should use their own security access.  Some buildings have intercom or possibly video surveillance.  Used property, these can be invaluable security tools to vet entry into your building.

  • If a stranger requests entry refer them to the building manager, supply them a phone contact, if possible.
  • If you are accessing your building and a stranger approaches for entry, do not allow them in.  If you are confident, ask them about the purpose of their visit and refer them to the building manager.
  • Legitimate visitors may still be potential offenders; avoid allowing them unsupervised access to communal areas of the building.
  • You are responsible for your visitors.  Make sure they behave in an appropriate manner when they are in the building.
  • Communal areas such as laundries, staircases and swimming pools require extra consideration from occupants.  Keyed or keypad access to these areas helps maintain the security of the building.  Close any communal doors that are open or unattended.  Do not prop doors open.  Do not lend keys to anyone.

Your unit - Living several floors up does not offer absolute security from intruders.  Poor security habits can allow an intruder easy access to your home.  Most burglaries occur because of unlocked doors or windows.

  • Deadlocks are the best form of locking mechanism but are only as effective as the weakest point such as door frames.
  • Locks should be "keyed alike" so that one key fits all locks.
  • Keep track of who has key access and arrange a locksmith to alter them if your unit is compromised.
  • Have a peephole in your door or other means to identify who is outside of your home.
  • Ensure there is good lighting outside of your home.  If globes are broken or have been removed arrange to have them replaced.
  • Clear your mailbox or arrange someone to do it for your if you are away for periods of time.

Balconies - Many high rise burglaries occur through open or unlocked balcony doors or windows.  Keep items that can be used to provide access to your unit or other units out of sight.  Remember, the whole building is at risk if an intruder gains access through a balcony.

Lighting - Can be a valuable deterrent.  Ideally, it should illuminate entry and exit points, fire exits, stairwells and other vulnerable areas.  Make sure the lighting:-

  • Is tamper proof.
  • Eliminates dark spots and covers key areas.
  • Is maintained regularly.

Garage and vehicle security - Garages and vehicles are common targets for thieves.  Remember, the whole building is at risk if an intruder gains access through a garage.

  • If your car park has an automatic door or barrier ensure that cars do not "caravan" behind you without using their own security access.
  • Take note of people who "force" their way behind you and supply these details to the manager or just record them in case an incident occurs.
  • Check that the garage door fully closes so that potential offenders can not sneak in.
  • Always lock your vehicle and remove any valuables including your garage door remote, if you have one.
  • Avoid storing excess belongings in garage areas.
  • If you have a bike or other expensive items, secure it to a permanent structure and make it difficult to be taken.
  • Note down the serial of your bike and engrave or UV mark it with your personal security code.

REMEMBER - The weakest link to your shared security is the occupier.  Active participation in reporting suspicious or criminal activity will make multi residential living a safer environment for everyone.