North Brisbane Police Encourages Chermside, Other Nearby Suburbs Residents to Review Home Security

The incidence of residential break-ins, where intruders enter through fly screens and unlocked or open doors, has increased, according to North Brisbane Police. These types of offences have lately taken place in the suburbs of Hamilton, Geebung, Fitzgibbon, Chermside, Newmarket, and Nudgee.

In North Brisbane’s suburbs, fly screens were cut or otherwise destroyed to gain entry on nine separate occasions in July, according to North Brisbane Police intelligence checks.

Unlike insect screens, which are only intended to keep insects out, security screen products are made to keep both people and insects out. They are also exempt from Australian security regulations.

Hence, the Queensland Police Service is encouraging residents to assess their home security with the below layered approach.

How to conduct a home security assessment

A simple and effective way to review your home security is to start from the outside and work inwards, using a layered approach. For most homes, including multi-residential buildings, units and townhouses, there are six layers that can be used to identify existing and desirable security.

  • Layer one: External perimeter
  • Layer two: External walls and access
  • Layer three: Internal walls
  • Layer four: Internal areas
  • Layer five: Property
  • Layer six: People

Reviewing your home security using a layered approach is a straightforward way to apply the key home security principles.

The video below demonstrates how you can apply the layered approach to your own home.

If you have information for the police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at or call 131 444.

You may also report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at

Published 11-August-2023