In any community association, whether it’s an HOA or a condo association, security is an issue you can’t ignore. The safety of the residents is your responsibility, and threats can come from anywhere. When it comes to security, it’s not a one-size fits all operation. Security measures that work well a small condominium may not work well in a large neighborhood of homeowners. There are a lot of decisions to make and steps to take toward keeping a community secure and it’s important to take resident safety seriously.
We’ve put together a list of 5 tips for putting together an effective community safety plan:
- Assess Area: The first step is research. Find out the potential for crime or danger in your area and determine potential risks and threats. Prevention is key to security, and prevention is much easier when you know what you’re up against.
- Assign Responsibilities: It’s not enough to say that you’re going to improve the security in your association; you need to assign specific roles and ensure that everyone is clear on their responsibilities. Being organized is the best way to make sure everything runs smoothly, so figure out who is going to be responsible for researching, implementing, maintaining and evaluating your safety plan.
- Determine Homeowner Needs: Send out a survey to residents in order to better understand what they expect in terms of safety and security. Find out what they are most worried about, and ask when they feel safest. Understanding their wants and needs can go a long way in making sure they feel secure in their home.
- Background Checks and Screening: It is essential to perform background and screening checks before hiring any personnel or accepting any new residents. Even with a great security plan in place, things can happen, and by ensuring you have quality staff and residents, you can reduce the likelihood of potential risks. Use a trusted company like Sentinel Background Checks to ensure that you feel secure in your hiring and tenant choices, and the residents in the building will feel more secure as a result.
- Continuous Evaluation: Just as circumstances and the world around us change, so should your security techniques and practices. What worked last year may not be the most effective solution this year, so you need to be sure that the security and safety plan is continuously re-evaluated.
When it comes to the safety and security of your residents, don’t take any chances. As a property manager or community association leader, you must do everything you can to ensure that your residents are, and feel, safe in their homes. Assess your needs and develop your safety plan to match your area and the residents in it. Safe residents are happy residents and happy residents make for a great community, so get serious about safety.
By: PeytonBolin, PL