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Cyber Security Part Two: Board Member Tips for Keeping Your Community Association Safe

In part one of this two-part series, we discussed the importance of cyber security to your community association and the steps that residents can take to protect themselves and their association. In this article, we look at your board’s responsibility

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Cyber Security Part One: How Community Residents Can Protect Their Tech

Like it or not, we have become very dependent on our technology. Whether it’s a cell phone, tablet or computer, our devices enable us to stay connected, conduct business and access information anywhere, anytime. Yet as convenient as these devices

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The Pros and Cons of Living in Gated Communities

The 2001 American Housing Survey reported that 4+ million homes in America are in a gated community. Considering the growing popularity of gated communities and the passing of over 15 years, we can only assume that several more have been

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After Shooting, Police Urge University Commons To Hire Private Security (IL)

In response to outrage over a recent shooting, Chicago Police are urging University Commons neighbors to consider hiring private security to patrol the development’s 900 units.  Concerned about an October shooting that damaged a sprinkler and waste line inside of

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Improving Cyber Security for Your HOA

You may think that only big businesses with millions of dollars are at risk for a cyber hack, but that isn’t the case. Cyber criminals know that smaller companies, including HOAs, don’t have the money or sophistication to have impenetrable

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$10.1 Million Settlement in Negligent Security Case Involving Father Paralyzed in Shooting (FL)

The homeowners association, property manager, and other related entities at a Miami townhome community have agreed to pay more than $10 million dollars to 22-year-old Bryan Perez and his infant son to settle a negligent security lawsuit.  On August 18th

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Security in Kunia neighborhood stopped day before shooting (HI)

The Village Park area is normally patrolled by a security guard, but that stopped just a day before the shooting happened.  KHON2 first reported that the Village Park Homeowners Association stopped security and landscaping services on Friday due to lack

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Is hiring security guard best way to combat break-ins and burglaries?

Q: We are a medium-sized homeowners association that contains several condominium associations. All are governed by the homeowners board of directors. There have been several incidents in the past year in which strangers were seen wandering through our grounds. There

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Indemnity Provisions can leave Associations holding the bag for someone else’s wrongdoing!

A recent Broward County negligent security lawsuit filed on August 31st raises issues about who should pay the consequences when a security breach results in a resident’s death. In this case, a community with an entrance feature protected by a

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In one Bexar County neighborhood, debate over armed patrols intensifies (TX)

A handful of residents concerned about a rash of car burglaries at The Oaks at Cobblestone, a gated subdivision outside of Loop 1604 at Culebra Road, formed armed patrols last week intended to keep the neighborhood safe.  The approach was

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4 detained after reports of rifle-wielding gunmen atop South Beach condo (FL)

According to Miami Beach Police, a 911 caller reported he saw the armed subjects on top of the Del Rio Condominiums at 11th Street and Collins Avenue, at around 2 p.m. The caller said he saw the two men holding

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LIGHTS … CAMERA … LEGAL ACTION! Do Associations Increase Their Liability by Providing Security Measures?

Many owners in common interest communities might assume that when their association takes steps to increase security – such as installing street lights, security gates, surveillance cameras, etc. – they are providing additional protection to the owners who live in

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Sun City Grand board stops surveillance camera study (AZ)

Sun City Grand will not pursue surveillance cameras at its four exits following a decision by the community association board at its Aug. 11 meeting.  This was the second hearing on the proposal put together by community association staff and

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Gated Communities Sued For Negligent Security

Deaths resulting from unauthorized persons gaining access in gated communities have recently reached the headlines in Florida. Not surprisingly, the incidents resulted lawsuits against residential communities that marketed themselves as protecting residents through enforced gate and screening procedures. The lawsuits

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Home Safe Home: How to Handle the Aftermath of a Crime in Your Co-op or Condo

Man is but a flawed creature, cursed by his very nature to succumb to his own worst impulses. And one of those impulses might lead to criminal activity. Unfortunately, crime is an inevitability, even in a fairly secure condominium or

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Robot Security Guards in Condo Associations

Safety and security is a serious topic. First and foremost, you need a good security plan. Typically there are numerous improvements you can make to your property before you elect to hire traditional security guards. While not appropriate for many

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Burglar flooded three floors of Duluth condo building (MN)

Police said they found severe damage to a sink in the condo, which apparently caused the flooding. Officers also found open food and alcohol containers, indicating that Warren may have been living in the residence for some time. The unit’s

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Community members wary of gate ordinance despite reassurance (OH)

Homeowners Associations (HOA) representing gated communities in Avon Lake remain uneasy about penalties a new ordinance has laid out for improperly functioning gates.  The penalties associated with the ordinance include 30 days of possible jail time and fines, which city

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Wrongful Death Suit Against Association Illustrates Perils of Negligent Security, Screening

The filing of a double wrongful death lawsuit against the property owners’ association for the exclusive Yacht and Country Club of Stuart gated community is drawing the attention of many community association attorneys, property managers and directors. The case appears

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Board Members Beware: Condo Associations Are Attractive Targets for Cyber-thieves

Cyber-thefts are becoming more frequent, more sophisticated and more costly. This isn’t news to anyone who surfs the Internet, reads newspapers (I’m told I’m not the only one who still does that) and watches television news. But if you think

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How Property Managers can Fight Terrorism

“It won’t happen here.” That’s surely something uttered by property managers every time another incidence of terrorism occurs. However, the target of terrorists is maddeningly difficult to predict; we’ve seen attacks in shopping centers, movie theaters, schools, offices and even

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Pasco (FL) doubles up on deputy dispatches; cost to neighborhoods rises

After shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is mandating his deputies work in pairs when they answer calls for service.  There won’t be two officers per car, but the change, at least temporarily,

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Condo Owners Want Security: Are Associations Required to Provide It?

When a gunman opened fire on patrons at an Orlando nightclub a few weeks ago, killing and injuring more than 100, commentators grappled initially with the horror of the act. But they also speculated about the obligation of the nightclub

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How To: Start a Neighborhood Watch Program in Your Community

Starting a neighborhood watch program is a great way to better know those around you and contribute something that everyone will benefit from: a safer neighborhood. Though some areas may already have a watch program in place, those looking to

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Community Safety and Security: What Your HOA Needs to Know

Everyone wants to feel safe and secure when they’re in their home or community, but it “takes a village,” so to speak, to ensure homeowners have peace of mind when it comes to the security of themselves and their families.

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‘My privacy has been shattered’: Break-ins blindside seniors in Laguna Woods (CA)

Barbara Lee moved from her home in Huntington Beach to Laguna Woods 10 years ago because she heard it was one of the safest communities in south Orange County.  So she was shocked to discover that eight homes tented for

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Conducting a Police Safety Walkthrough in a Condo Association

Part of ensuring a safe community includes having a good understanding your Association’s physical layout. A walkthrough is key to devising an effective security plan. There are a few ways you can perform a walkthrough – on your own, through

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Condo-friendly security tips

Security is an issue no matter where you live or in what, and condominiums are no exception. From Weiser Lock Corp., the lock manufacturer, come some ways to be safe in your condo building.  It should go without saying, but be

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Oak Forest (TX) residents pleased with private security

The Oak Forest Homeowners Association first signed a $125,000 yearly contract with SEAL in 2013, which residents have renewed each year through voluntary contributions made in addition to their annual homeowners association dues.  Collections for the 2017 SEAL contract ended

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Laguna Woods: High-tech security for low-crime community

Year after year, crime statistics consistently rank Laguna Woods among the five safest cities in California.  And Laguna Woods Village, a gated community that’s home to about 18,000 people aged 55 and over, is even safer.  Suspected transgressions in the

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Security Cameras and HOA Policy – Prepare before assuming the role as big brother

Security cameras in your HOA can be a handy security tool, but if they’re not managed properly, they can end up being more of a headache (and a liability). Before your HOA installs them, make sure your board drafts a

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HOA Security: How Safe is Your Community?

Safe neighborhoods are desirable, a safe AND desirable community is what every HOA strives to accomplish and maintain. While everyone knows living in a safe community is important, it isn’t always as easy to know how to make and keep

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Helena (AL) homeowners discuss safety concerns

Residents of a Helena neighborhood held a meeting Sunday night to discuss crime concerns and how they can make their subdivision safer.  It was standing room only. The Timberlake Homeowners Association met with fifty Residents to discuss the possibility of

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Gated Communities: How Associations Can Reduce Liability for Neighborhood Crimes

Gated community associations are perceived as being safer communities, which attracts homeowners who are willing to pay a premium to feel safer in their homes. However, sometimes the expectation of having a high degree of security can backfire when a

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Parkade break and enter calls continue to plague apartment and condo residents in Edmonton

Police said Thursday during the past two years, officers have investigated more than 1,000 parkade break-and-enters.  “It’s not uncommon for officers to be investigating several parkade break-and-enters a day across our city,” said Const. Amanda Trenchard, with the crime prevention

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Sheriff wants license plate readers in subdivisions (GA)

The idea would put license plate readers at entrances to subdivisions in Rockdale County — southeast of Atlanta — in an effort to catch every car that enters a community. But with costs for the plate system reaching high into

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Action taken to fix broken lock at condo building where teen died: “We’re going to replace it again”

FOX6 News on Monday revealed the door to the condo building at 76th and Sheridan does not lock, and therefore, teenagers took over the basement.  On Tuesday, FOX6 News spoke with the building manager, as he was working to secure

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Are criminal background checks for new purchasers and renters in a community association discriminatory?

Most community associations screen potential purchasers and potential renters. In fact, when surveyed, many board members state that screening community occupants is one of their primary functions.  Read the article………….

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Home Security Tips for Condo Owners

It should go without saying but be mindful of others even when you’re inside your building. Pay attention when walking in stairwells, meet your neighbors and know the general layout of the building.   Read the article………….

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3 Tips to Dodge the Pitfalls of Poor HOA Security

Neighborhoods with HOAs are often very secure places in which to live. However, there are a lot of pitfalls that can affect your neighborhood’s security, making it more vulnerable. Check out these four tips to help keep your neighborhood safe.

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HOA Involvement in Keeping the Community Safe

There’s no doubt that having an active security program within your community is an attractive benefit to homeowners. Ensuring the safety of the homes and common areas is a priority that everyone can agree upon. For the association that is

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HOAs and Video Surveillance

These days, cameras are everywhere. On the street, in parking lots, in our phones, in businesses, in drones … the list is endless. Chances are if you’re doing something anywhere but inside your own home, you’re being recorded.   Read the

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Don’t Be The Next Trayvon Martin HOA!!!

We have all read about the horrible Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman shooting. It was a tragic day for everyone. But what most people never heard about was what happened to the Association. Zimmerman was the Association’s neighborhood watch leader

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Condo Association Security Plans

Condo Association security is a tough topic – as I’ve covered here and here. Although my Association is in a nice neighborhood, we’ve had our share of incidents, and each time it’s a bit jarring. Today I’ll be covering the

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Security Measures in Your HOA: Lights, Camera, Action!

A quandry that homeowner associations face is how implement security measures when a known violent resident exists. The board has a conundrum: Fail to inform residents about a violent resident who subsequently injures someone and the board is held responsible.

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5 Tips for a Successful HOA Neighborhood Watch

Crime is a concern and a risk in any homeowners association. But incorporating certain trusted systems, such as a neighborhood watch, can ensure that your community stays collectively alert and focused on safety. To both deter crime and increase safety,

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Condo Association Safety and Security 201

In the 101 edition of Condo Association Safety and Security, we covered the basics of how to ensure your Association is safe and secure. Today we’ll follow up on more advanced topics to help you have a secure and safe

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San Jose (CA) Residents Fight City to Install Gate for Safety

Gated communities exist in many parts of the Bay Area, offering limited access and greater security. But in San Jose, homeowners report that city hall is putting up roadblocks for a gate they say is needed after two residents were

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Local homeowner’s association takes a stand against mail theft (CA)

Residents in the Northwest Bakersfield community of Bellagio say this has been a problem for about a year now, and they’re frustrated. So they came up with their own solution to stop mail thefts in their neighborhood.  Read the article……….

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Homeowners paying for false sense of security in HOA (NV)

Home invasions. Smashed windows. Cars looted. Packages stolen off porches. Vandalism in the parks. That’s what residents are facing in one of our valley’s newest communities.   But now, they have a new fear: how the HOA is spending their money.

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