Safety is one of the attributes that makes HOA living attractive to residents. Not only does a safe community give its residents peace of mind, it also increases the financial worth of the overall community. With that in mind, taking steps to reduce and prevent neighborhood crime should be a top priority for an HOA. Security precautions like good lighting, clear signage, strategically-placed cameras, locks on common areas, gates, electronic access cards instead of keys, and hired security guards can help make an HOA more safe.
Here are five major ways that an HOA can help reduce and prevent crime in their community.
1. Well-Lit Areas
Not only does ample outdoor lighting at night help prevent accidental trip and fall injuries, it also helps to deter criminal activity. Most crimes are committed in poorly-lit areas where the criminals can better avoid being seen or caught in the act.
2. Clear Signage
Signs can be used throughout the community to communicate rules and guidelines regarding designated parking areas, use of amenities, noise restrictions and other important information for residents and visitors. Signs can also include information on who to call to report suspicious behavior in the community. Having this information posted clearly throughout the community also reduces misunderstandings, reduces unsafe activities, and makes it easier for the association to take action when an infraction has occurred.
3. Strategically-Placed Cameras
Just the mere presence of security cameras can help deter criminal activity. Residents typically don’t want to be recorded everywhere they go, but the HOA can place cameras in strategic areas of the community to help keep everyone safer. Parking areas, laundry or gym facilities and other areas where residents or their property may be vulnerable to theft or other crimes are great places to add additional security through the installation of cameras.
4. Locking Everything Up
Common areas such as laundry facilities, mailrooms, pools, workout facilities and clubhouses should always kept locked. Residents should have access via a key, or an electronic access system. Signs can also be placed around the community as a reminder to residents and guests to always keep cars and homes locked, which may also serve as a deterrent to criminals. Many crimes are committed out of convenience, so removing the convenience is an easy way to reduce the amount of crime.
5. Security Guards
Having a security guard present in the community is a great deterrent to crime, as well as a great relief for residents. A security guard can offer quick response to suspicious activity, and their mere presence is a deterrent to criminals. Residents can feel safe leaving their home for work or travel, as well as when walking through the community after dark when they know there is a security guard patrolling the community.
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