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.
What you can do:
- 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 windows locks
- 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
- Where possible, keep your bicycle in a locked storage area 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
In a multi-residential complex, a lapse in security of communal areas, including garages, compromises the security of the whole building.
Many high-rise break-ins occur through open or unlocked balcony doors – living several floors up doesn't offer security from intruders.
Poor security habits can allow an intruder easy access to your home. External doors and screens to balconies should be locked when the unit is unmonitored.
Due to the nature of multi-residential living it is easy to underestimate the benefits of knowing 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.
You can find more useful tips about home security here.
Police also encourage you to consider joining your local Neighbourhood Watch Group.