Poor processes, rather than poor security products are the biggest downfall in property security, and with crime on the rise, it’s time owners corporations in the Territory moved one step ahead of the game. Darwin Police have stated that many break-ins to homes seems to be people focusing on your keys and trying to steal your motor vehicle. More often than not we walk in the door and drop our keys on the table or bench, often just a couple of steps from the door.
The advice put forward by motoring groups is to treat your keys like cash, and apartment and unit managers in the Territory need to start immediately communicating this to their community. Like everything, security measures must match the needs of the strata community. There are numerous quality and effective security measures that have added value to owners’ property as wells a peace of mind that they are living in a secure environment.
In contrast Ace has observed properties with no security features at all and others with expensive security systems that have been poorly installed and bring no actual safety benefits to the strata community. Any security technology and initiatives must match the needs of a strata community. Ultimately even the most advanced and modern security system may have a weakness.
Ace is advising strata communities to have a clear blueprint for dealing with security concerns. Communities should look to have an adaptive approach rather than reactive approach when it comes to apartment security.
On a day to day basis, regularly clearing mail from letterboxes, ensuring padlocks are locked, and having some sort of monitoring like CCTV are just some of the ways owners corporations can uphold community security. On a much simpler lever however, community engagement is often one of the most effective methods to combat crime and there are some simple initiatives that strata communities can undertake.
Contact your local police department and see how they are being proactive in reducing crime in your area, as many of the concepts the police are attempting can be trialled in a strata community. Local councils can also be contacted to seek their opinion on relevant crime prevention policies in your area.
Be active in your social media pages, these pages may include important information on what to do in an emergency and warning of possible crime in your strata community.
Organise a sub-committee focusing on crime prevention in your strata community, the committee can target central issues that are causing crime in your area. For example, a community plagued by drunken loiterers may decide that it is in the community’s best interests to invest in a private security guard on weekends.
Look out for your neighbours and report any suspicious behaviour to authorities; after all crime on your neighbour’s property may also be a crime on your property when living in a strata property, so be vigilant and proactive in reducing crime.
This article is not intended to be personal advice and you should not rely on it as a substitute for any form of advice.Ace Body Corporate Management offers this newsletter to clients to assist in updating them on company and industry news. The content within this newsletter is of a generic nature and may not be applicable to all owners corporations. Ace Body Corporate Management attempts to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information for our clients, however we strongly recommend that individuals and committees seek further advice before acting on any information in this newsletter.