No matter where we live, we want to feel safe and secure in our homes. The home is a respite from a world that is occasionally unpredictable, sometimes challenging, and often hurried.
Condo security systems range from simple alarms to full fledged condo monitoring systems. No matter how advanced, though, there is something about a living, breathing person that outshines a condo security system every time.
Do-it-yourself condo security
First, the reality is that crime happens. No matter how many systems or people are in place, there is no guarantee of living in a crime-free community. However, there is a lot we can do to help reduce the risk.
One of the best things you can do to reduce crime in your condo community is to know your neighbors. There is a phrase, “eyes on the street” that implies crime is less likely to happen when there are people around. An active condo community itself is a great crime deterrent.
Other easy steps to reduce the risk of crime include locking your doors and windows when you are not home, have a neighbor check in on your condo when you are out of town, and setting a timer for lights and television so it looks like someone is home.
Smart condo technology makes do-it-yourself condo security even easier to implement. Smart systems are available to that will do anything from lock your doors for you, to automating lights, televisions, and curtains to make it look like you are home.
Hired-hand condo security
If you live in a large condo community or metropolitan area, you may have a security detail in place already. For condo neighborhoods, where multiple condo units are spread out over several streets, and maybe even a community center, condo security can function like a patrol unit. One or two security officers will patrol in a car, keeping an eye on the neighborhood.
A patrol like this can double as a way to keep tabs on maintenance issues, traffic flow, and maybe even referee a soccer game or two. In itself, this type of condo security acts as a crime deterrent simply by being present.
In metropolitan areas, or high rise condos, a security patrol will look much different. Security like this might be in the form of a front desk officer, and may double as a concierge, depending on your condo association needs and agreement with the security company.
In either case, if someone is keeping an eye on you and your property, make sure to treat them well. The occasional cup of coffee, or slice of homemade pie is a nice treat for someone watching people head out to the pool or a concert or dinner.
Who are my condo security guards?
Some security companies will only hire retired or off-duty police and military personel as security guards. In other cases, a security guard might be someone with a background of college courses in criminal justice.
A condo security guard may be armed or unarmed, too. Laws and procedures for this will vary depending on where you live, but it is a topic of discussion for your condo association if you are considering hiring a security patrol.
There are pros and cons to everything, of course. Your condo association will need to consider what kind of security works best for your particular situation.
All of this, from security system to security guard, works best when there is good communication. It just so happens that is what we do!
Do you need to talk to your condo association or property manager about security, or anything else? Contact us for a demonstration, and we’ll show you how we can facilitate communication throughout your condo association, from owners to property managers.
Does your condo community have a security officer? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments.