Take these simple steps to help keep your homeowners association community safe and secure.
You know the saying: the best defense is a good offense. The same applies to the safety and security of your homeowners association community. Gates, alarms, guards—these are all great measures for deterring would-be thieves and other ne’er-do-wells. But there are other ways to keep such unwanted individuals from even making that first attempt.
Develop a safety and security policy. In it, create a process for an annual review of current and new security systems. Determine what types of security measures you’ll include and the budget you’ll dedicate to maintaining them.
Create a safety committee. This group should be responsible for regularly walking the property to identity possible security issues—lights that need replacing, hedges that need trimming, doors or gates that don’t close properly and so on.
Establish relationships with local law enforcement. Invite police officers who patrol your area to come speak at board meetings. Identify a community liaison within the police department as your main point of contact for security issues, and check in occasionally. You don’t want your first contact with law enforcement to be the result of an incident.
Meet your neighbors. Developing a sense of community helps everyone. Neighbors on friendly terms are more likely to watch out for one another, report suspicious activity and be more aware of what’s going on in their community. Plan community events where neighbors can get to know one another.
Remind homeowners about security.