Many HOAs have issues with taking additional precautions to ensure the safety of their residents. HOAs need to consider carefully what additional benefits they are offering to their residents about safety. Failure to have plans in place about resident safety is a mistake that many HOAs make. If your HOA board is considering how to prevent crime in your neighborhood and increase resident safety, consider the information presented below:
10 Tips On How To Lessen Crimes In Your Neighborhood
1. Maintain Sufficient Lighting
If a neighborhood does not have enough lighting at night, it increases the likelihood that crimes will be committed there. HOAs need to be sure that there are enough light fixtures evenly placed around the neighborhood so that is never pitch black there. Also, HOAs need to be sure that light fixtures are regularly repaired in common areas of the neighborhood. If residents feel that these basic items are not being maintained, they will question whether their HOA is utilizing their member dues effectively. Neighborhood safety and crime prevention should be the top priority of your neighborhood.
2. Have Strict Landscaping Regulations
Crime is not the only issue that risks the safety of residents within your community. If landscaping is not properly maintained, it may cause additional liabilities to your residents. Your HOA board needs to draft landscaping regulations and distribute those regulations to the residents within your community. By doing so, it will greatly improve the safety standards of your community.
3. Have Periodic Security Walkthroughs
Inspecting the safety of your community should be a duty that your HOA either hires security professionals for or divides up amongst its board members. Depending on the size of your community, it may be appropriate to outsource this service to a vendor to make your residents feel safe. Also, in terms of safety violations in landscaping or construction, regular inspections should take place so that you can cite residents that may be violating HOA regulations.
4. Establish a Close Community
One of the common elements of the most successful communities in establishing a close community. Today, it is uncommon for neighbors to be as friendly as they once were. This burden falls upon the HOA to be sure that there is room in the budget for social events that will enable neighbors to be friendly to one another. By having a close community, it will be easier to establish protocols to keep the neighborhood safe.
5. Organize a Neighborhood Watch
Having a neighborhood watch is an excellent way to not only get your residents involved in the community but to also deal with common safety issues that tend to arise within communities. It is usually best to start your community neighborhood watch at the beginning of the year to enable residents to plan their schedules accordingly to be able to participate.
6. Establish Safety Protocols for the Holiday Season
An important reality that communities have to be aware of is that there are robberies during the Holiday Season where thieves think that many people travel. It is wise for your HOA to consider this information and devise a safety plan to benefit the safety of the homes of your residents. By doing so, it will help to prevent the many robberies that tend to occur during the Holiday Season.
7. Have Your Rules Easy to Access for Residents
Many HOAs assume that residents will automatically follow their regulations. Certain regulations are important for the overall safety of the community. Residents need to be regularly reminded of regulations and any changes to regulations. At times, residents may relocate to and from your community. As a result, HOAs need to be considering how they are going to make their safety regulations accessible to residents to avoid potential accidents.
8. Know the Legal Rights of Your HOA
Your HOA may be susceptible to lawsuits at times. Your HOA must have a clear understanding of what its legal obligations are and how to deal with any potential lawsuits that may be brought by residents. If a member of your HOA board has legal experience, then it is wise to consult them on the various legal risks that your HOA is susceptible to. However, if you do not have any members of your HOA board that have legal experience, it is wise to seek outside counsel so that you can be aware of your risks and do everything that you can for your HOA to mitigate those risks with your residents.
9. Have an Informative Digital Newsletter
To keep your community safer, your HOA should invest in having a digital monthly newsletter about various important events that are occurring in your community. For example, if there have been local crimes in your area, then it is important to make your residents aware of these crimes. By having tips in your newsletter to have pertinent tips about how to maintain safety, your residents will be better prepared on how to keep their families and other members of your community safe.
10. Have Periodic Events
If your HOA has a social calendar, it is quite easy to integrate safety talks into the events that you are already hosting. This will be an easy way for you to reach more residents that you need to inform about various new safety regulations or recent crimes that have occurred either within your community or in the area where your community is located. Keeping your residents informed is paramount. It will cause your residents to respect your HOA more and also encourage a close community amongst your residents.
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