Safety In An Apartment Block
The Melbourne landscape is changing. Especially for suburbs along the train lines we are seeing less and less development and renovation of houses and more and more development of high-density apartment blocks. Once a homeowner needed to negotiate with the neighbours and the occasional street party, now it is all body corporate and association meetings. Living in an apartment block brings with its own challenges, and just as we learnt to secure not only our homes but also the yards around them we must also ensure that while the apartment is safe the whole block provides security.
Even before looking at a block, you should research the crime statistics in the area. You can speak to the local police or use the Crime Statistics Agency website (https://www.crimestatistics.vic.gov.au/). If you have the opportunity, speak to other tenants/apartment owners to get the best picture of the block and the other people who live there.
Always request to visit the block after dark. This is important to get an understanding of the effectiveness of the lighting within the building. A dark corridor can be scary to negotiate and make living in the block less pleasant.
High-density apartment blocks often utilize underground parking to lessen the impact of parking around the local streets. These provide security for our cars but we also want to know that access is controlled to ensure personal safety at all times of the day or night. Look at whether the car park is brightly lit and makes use of CCTV systems that have a wide coverage.
It is important to know how access is gained both to the car park and the building itself. Is it coded or keyed, and how many people have access to these? Is there a method of access if someone has forgotten a code or key? Does the building have a concierge service or is the entry unmanned?
When looking at the apartment consider the security of all the entry points – windows and doors. If the apartment has already been lived in, enquire about the locks and whether they have been changed (especially if renting). If you are buying it may be worth looking at changing the locks after moving in, as it is hard to know how many keys may have gone missing or if all existing keys have been returned. Windows should be checked for any sign of tampering. All windows should have locks, especially if the apartment is on the ground floor.
At MonJon we take all security issues into consideration. MonJon is one of Melbourne’s leading providers of concierge services. If an apartment has a MonJon concierge it’s a secure apartment block.