Crime & Security
Dealing with disruptive residents ranks high on the list of thorny problems community associations—and their management companies—can encounter. You’ve probably heard your fair share of complaints about people violating parking rules or failing to clean up after their pets, but you’ve hopefully never dealt with anything close to the multi-year reign of terror conducted by…
It’s important for members in your community to feel safe. After all, one of the draws of many associations is security. It’s common for communities to have security personnel or, at the least, take practical measures to mitigate crime like installing adequate lighting in common areas and gates at entrances that only members can open. Nevertheless, petty and serious crimes have been reported in planned communities and condominium buildings. This can shake the confidence of members.
How you handle the aftermath of a serious crime when it occurs at your community will determine how safe your members feel in the future, as well as answer questions it might raise, such as whether the association's insurance policy will cover related lawsuits, and the degree to which the association may be held responsible for the crime—as well as any future crimes.
The Alarm Association of Florida recommends six safety and security tips that can help you keep your community crime free:
Tip #1: Avoid having trees or hedges that block doors or windows.
Tip #2: Install motion detector lights for the property's perimeter and areas that are typically dark at night.
Tip #3: Periodically update locks for doors in common areas or other areas of the property where criminals could hide.
Tip #4: Beware of cheap security cameras and alarm systems sold door-to-door or online.