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Does Your HOA Board Have a Policy for Home Security Systems?

We know you want to feel safe at home and you should. Maybe you have tried trimming foliage, increasing exterior lighting and are considering installing a home security system to feel more secure. Before you invest in a high-tech home

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HOA fines traffic offenders; videotapes residents (FL)

Charles Rivers and Rachael Bagby both say their homeowners’ association fined them for rolling through a stop sign.  “I admit it, I ran the stop sign,” said Bagby. “I’m not perfect, I’m human.”  “You know at the end of the

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Cyber Security for your Community Association

It is always a good idea to maintain security both as individuals and as HOA and condo associations. In this technological age, people are more vulnerable and susceptible to being hacked. Just as you would lock your doors and protect

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Package Theft in your Community

While worse during the holiday season, package theft is a year-round concern for anyone who shops online. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, there are people who drive around communities looking for unattended boxes sitting on porches. If you or anyone you

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Condo community hit by a ‘random, horrible situation’ (MA)

There were a lot of tears and hugs last night at a standing-room only, emotion-packed meeting for the tight-knit residents of a luxury South Boston condo complex where two beloved doctors were murdered Friday night.  About 200 residents from the

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HOA president: thieves ‘preying’ on residents at senior communities (CA)

The latest example of a crime targeting a senior community in the North County ended with a confrontation and a possible break.  On Saturday afternoon, Charlotte Van Buren and her husband spotted two youths coming from a neighbor’s home with

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Suspected killer of Boston doctors formerly worked security in condo, filled bag with jewelry before shootout (MA)

The 30-year-old Chelsea man shot Friday by police while inside the South Boston penthouse condominium of two slain doctors formerly worked for a security firm used by the complex, Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney John Pappas said.  Bampumim Teixeira appeared

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Basic Condo Association Cybersecurity

Hackers and malware are everywhere. Whether you’re a small business being taken advantage of with ransomware, or even the U.S. government sitting on sensitive information of staff with security clearances, you’re at risk. Condo Associations and Homeowners Associations are potentially

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Interest in community patrols grows even as funding wanes (AK)

The trouble usually happens in the night: Prowlers slip between parked cars, thieves strike and suspicious vehicles linger in parking lots and quiet residential neighborhoods.  For months now, Eagle River residents have noticed what seems like a surge in local

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Package Theft in your Community

While worse during the holiday season, package theft is a year-round concern for anyone who shops online. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, there are people who drive around communities looking for unattended boxes sitting on porches. If you or anyone you

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Men posing as plumbers rob woman in Pompano Beach condo (FL)

Clair Casale said she was conned Wednesday by two men who showed up at her Pompano Beach condo posing as plumbers.  The men told her they were sent to make repairs.    Read the article……………

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West Ashley homeowners say suspects with guns attempt to break into cars (SC)

A West Ashley neighborhood is on high alert after several home surveillance cameras captured some attempted car break-ins showing the suspects holding guns.  It happened in the Hunt Club neighborhood off Bees Ferry Road Monday morning.  A member of the

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Thousands of condo owners at risk as thieves bypass entry-phone systems with default passcodes

Joe Rae lives in a complex that has been hit by burglars who didn’t need a crowbar or any other tools of the trade to break into the building. Instead, it appears all they had was a default passcode for

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Desert Shores residents want HOA to spend on security, not big money cosmetic upgrades (NV)

A Las Vegas community is worried about crime, and the people say their homeowners association is apparently looking to spend six figures on cosmetic upgrades instead of security.  Neighbors in the Desert Shores community near Buffalo Drive and Smoke Ranch

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Thieves Make Off With $168K From Condo Office (FL)

Two thieves wearing white hoodies stole $168,000 in checks and money orders from a condominium property manager’s office.  “Detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department, Kendall District have released video surveillance footage of a commercial burglary at a condominium property management’s

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Neighborhood installs lighting to deter mail theft (NM)

After a baffling rash of mailbox thefts across Albuquerque, one west-side homeowners’ association decided to start hitting back.  The neighborhood is using a weapon anyone can buy. It is the tool home security experts often say is one of the

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How Should Boards Handle the Reporting of a Crime?

A burglar slipped into a Hudson Heights co-op as a shareholder was leaving the building, then proceeded to steal a laundry cart and some packages. The theft was reported to police, but it took the co-op board almost two weeks

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Is it legal for a condo owner to install a security camera?

Q: Can an owner install a security camera to monitor his entrance area in a condo complex and can the board approve this as an agenda item    Read the Q&A……………

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HOA buys personal alarms for kids following attempted abduction (FL)

A community is coming together to protect their children, by providing personal alarms and self -defense courses.  Mike Metzger owns Championship Martial Arts, and he is now turning fear into action for little girls in the East Orange County neighborhood

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Lawsuit underway after man beaten in his own condo by naked man on drugs (FL)

…..He’s hired a lawyer to sue building managment for not doing enough to keep its residents safe.  “One failiure, after another failure, aafter another failure,” said Brevda of the fail-safes inside the building. “The residents pay a considerable amount of

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Lake Charleston (FL) homeowners ask HOA for security cameras in neighborhoods after attempted abductions

The father of a 10-year-old who was almost abducted is asking his community’s HOA board for security cameras around the development.  There are nights when David Harman keeps replaying February 13th in his mind. The day his son was almost

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Maryville man accused of flooding Knoxville building (TN)

A Maryville man was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing, public intoxication and vandalism in downtown Knoxville.  According to police, 44-year-old Chadwick Carruthers was arrested after he was found early Saturday morning hiding in a fire escape at 602 S.

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Some residents in N.O. East subdivison say police aren’t investigating rash of break-ins (LA)

Homeowners in the Lake Carmel subdivision say several break-ins have happened in their neighborhood and police are not investigating.  “We have nothing. We don’t have patrol cars,” says Ronald Walker, Vice President of the Eastern New Orleans Homeowners Association.  Ronald

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Saratoga: HOAs can operate neighborhood security cameras (CA)

Neighborhood surveillance cameras operated by bona fide homeowners associations for security purposes can operate in public rights-of-way with an encroachment permit, city attorney Richard Taylor told the city council at a recent meeting.  Cameras, like the two already installed as

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Burglars strike gated community in northwest Las Vegas (NV)

“We’re going to look at how to make the entrance and exit gates more vandal proof so you can’t get in,” said Bill Sandeen, the president of the HOA which oversees the subdivision.    Read the article……….

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Electronic Spying, Satellite Surveillance & Drones

Science fiction! Actually not. Over the last several years, technology available to the homeowners association has exponentially grown. Drones have become the proverbial “Soup de Jour.” An increasing numbers of homeowners associations use drones to inspect common areas, architectural improvements,

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Security guard shoots, kills man in Chesapeake’s River Walk neighborhood, police say (VA)

A 60-year-old man died after he was shot last night half a mile away from his home in the River Walk neighborhood, according to police.  Officers found Jiansheng Chen, 60, with gunshot wounds just after 11 p.m. Thursday, according to

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Jacksonville neighborhood’s anti-crime initiative shows thieves in the act (FL)

One local neighborhood’s efforts to stop crime captured a car break-in as it happened.  A teenager appears to wave to a surveillance camera before he rummages through a car parked in a driveway. Three other teens can be seen keeping

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After 40 years, Avondale security arrangement ends (OH)

For decades, Avondale residents knew someone was watching out for them.  Now, a longstanding policing practice has been called into question and the community is looking for alternatives.  Last month, the Stark County Sheriff’s office put an end to an

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Surveillance and the Law: Maintaining Safety While Respecting Privacy

Secure. The word has many meanings. According to Google definitions it can mean “to fix or attach something to something else. It can mean to protect against threats or make safe. Or it can mean to feel free from fear

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Neighborhood Watch: Maintain Your Community’s Safety, Safely

Everyone is right to be concerned with the safety of their communities, whether they live in an area highly susceptible to crime or a sleepy Mayberry-esque hamlet. Condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowners’ associations are no exception; in fact, the communal nature

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Surveillance Technology: How Much Does Your Building Really Need?

Gone are the days of windowless rooms filled with bulky recording equipment, multiple flickering screens, and file cabinets full of disks containing endless hours of footage. The state of the art in surveillance equipment today is all about pixels, thumb

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Privacy prompts Riva Trace decision (FL)

Riva Trace resident Barry Cox captured the picture that tells a thousand words.  On his cell phone, Cox has a photo of a moving truck traveling through the gate adjacent to his house, where Meeting Street and San Miguel Cove

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Traffic Calming in HOAs, Neighborhoods and Residential Areas

The Community Associations Institute estimates that over 25 million American homes are governed by Homeowner Associations (HOAs), which work to protect home values and contribute to the overall quality of life in their neighborhoods. Speeding in residential areas—the most common

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Palm Valley Phase I residents vote to ban some sex offenders (AZ)

Level II and III sex offenders are being banished from one Goodyear community after residents voted Dec. 2 to keep them out.  Residents voted 185 to 32 in favor of an amendment to Palm Valley Phase I’s declaration of covenants,

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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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