Moorings development raises security bar

THE $57 million Moorings development in North Fremantle has raised the bar for security levels in the Perth property market according to project director Andrew Lang.

The riverside luxury apartment complex, developed by the Lester Group, will feature high-tech security devices ranging from passive infra-red motion sensors and piezo alarms to an ensuite equipped as a safe area in the event of a home invasion.

Mr Lang said that the need to concentrate on very high security standards was an unfortunate sign of the times.

“This development is catering for an affluent segment of society,” Mr Lang said.

“Increasingly, people in this socio-economic grouping are placing security high on their list of requirements, and the challenge has been to provide them with peace of mind without creating a ‘fortress’ mentality,” he said.

The security control begins from the moment tenants enter the property.

To enter the car park, tenants need to access a proximity card reader with their personal, four-button proximity card designed to be held on a keychain.

“We call it a card but it’s more a magic wand that’s simply pointed at the reader,” electrical contractor Ian Mawdsley said.

Residents will have their own roller-doors which they can raise remotely using the proximity card.

Both the entry to the lift lobby and the lift itself are also activated by the proximity card.

Inside the apartments, break glass alarms that work on pitch are in front of every paned door and window.

If an intruder continues into the premises, passive infra-red motion sensors will detect movement and activate another alarm, which can be linked to a security company.

In the event of a home invasion, the occupants can lock themselves in a specially designed secure area and press two duress buttons to raise the alarm.

A telephone connection adjacent to the toilet gives even greater security. Duress buttons are also placed in the second bedroom and in the kitchen.

“Closed circuit television records motion in common areas onto a hard disk drive and this is saved as an encrypted computer file, which means it can be used in legal cases,” he said.

Mr Mawdsley said the interior Oscar security system allows occupiers to record a typical week of household activity for use when on holidays.

Anyone watching the property would therefore not know the owners were away.

The development, situated on the old Pier 21 site, is due for

completion in August.

Of thirteen apartments in Stage 1, four sales valued at more than $5.5 million have already been made.

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