For Immediate Release

Home security is an important issue for all Australians and smart design can help maximise the benefit of security measures, according to Archicentre Australia, the national architect’s advisory service.

“It is an unfortunate aspect of society today that security is high on the list of ‘must haves’ for almost every home occupant,” says Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev, “but it is now definitely a necessity.”

He says clever designs implemented by architects can minimise the risks and maximise the effectiveness of security systems.

“Forty or fifty years ago the majority of Australian residents paid little attention to security at home as there was minimal risk of break-ins or thefts and home invasions were not given a thought.

“Doors and windows were usually left open or unlocked and residents could rely on neighbours to keep an eye on their properties if they went to the shops or for a walk.

“Whilst neighbourhood vigilance is still to be encouraged, by and large this is not the case today as larger populations, increased urbanisation, people living closer together and the drugs culture are among the factors that have led to increased residential crimes.”

Peter Georgiev says the trend towards more open plan living, larger windows and increased residential density have provided greater opportunity for thieves to target other people’s property.

“The quality of security systems has greatly improved, and so has the cost of installing and operating these systems but few people consider combining these with design elements that can be implemented by engaging with an architect.

“Design elements can enhance foreground transparency while controlling visibility of a home’s interior from the street and other public places like parks and commercial premises – thereby inherently enhancing the effectiveness of security measures; and can facilitate use of more secure building materials. By way of example, courtyards often provide this ability to maintain transparency within the site while presenting a well zoned front that makes appropriate noises at the façade while maintain simple gestures such as open porches that control movement in and out of a site – thereby enhancing visual control from both the street and from within the home.

“This can be done without compromising livability – such as energy efficiency and sustainability.”

Peter Georgiev says the design elements can be implemented before construction of a new dwelling as well as during the planning of extensions or refurbishments. Ask an Archicentre Architect about these matters when seeking a Feasibility Design service.


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Peter Georgiev, Director

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