There isn’t a homeowner on the planet that isn’t concerned with the safety, security, and protection of their loved ones, their possessions, and their property – regardless of where they may live.
You could live smack dab in the middle of the most densely populated urban area imaginable or way out in the middle of the woods and you would still have real and tangible concern for keeping yourself and your loved ones as safe as possible while protecting your property as much as you can.
And while most of us go to reasonable lengths to try and best protect our property, when we have obstacles placed in front of us that may not allow us to leverage as much security as we may have on our own we get really frustrated – and it’s easy to see why.
Homeowners associations usually make for pretty good organizations when it comes to the safety, security, and protection of the neighborhood. However, from time to time they have pretty arcane and unreasonable rules or regulations about specific security solutions that can be rolled out in the neighborhood, and they can regularly make a number of major mistakes that might compromise your ability to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your home.
To better shine a light on this subject, here are three of the most common major mistakes that homeowners associations make on a routine basis that you want to bring to their attention and remedy ASAP.
Let’s dive right in and start patching holes in these security flaws!
Big Mistake #1 – Failure to properly conduct a security survey, audit, or assessment
It is impossible to protect against threats that you don’t understand or even recognize that they exist, which is probably the biggest problem that most homeowners associations struggle with when it comes to protecting the community.
It’s really, really easy to notice the most overt security flaws in any home or any community – the kind of flaws that are so immediately obvious that everyone bands together to resolve them almost right out of the gate – but it’s a lot more challenging to look for some of the more insidious but hidden or obscured security flaws that exist in every community and every home.
This is why conducting a proper security survey, audit, and assessment (and perhaps even hiring out to a firm that specializes in this kind of work) makes so much sense. It’s impossible to protect against threats that you don’t even know exist already, so shining light on the subject ahead of time is only going to help prepare everyone in the community at the same time.
A proper security survey or audit is going to help you better understand any flaws that exist right now but will also help you to come up with effective solutions that can be implemented ASAP.
Big Mistake #2 – Implementing the wrong security solutions across the board
Secondly, it’s important to make sure that the proper security solutions are being implemented in the proper situations while recognizing that there is no such thing as a one-size- fits-all solution to security.
Each and every single homeowner that is part of a homeowners association will have a number of different security flaws in a number of different security solutions already in place at their property, which is why blanket solutions designed by homeowners associations to “cover everyone” are rarely as effective as they are portrayed to be.
Instead, homeowners associations would be wise to take a more systematic and case-by- case kind of approach to home security, property security, and neighborhoods security alike.
Sure, these kinds of solutions take a little bit longer to implement because they have to be customized as much as possible while still fitting the needs of the community. But because of the more tailor-made solutions that are produced with this approach folks are able to remain better protected without just having the veil of security without the substance backing it up.
Homeowners associations that encourage homeowners to create their own security solution (within reason) are usually the ones that have the most success in this arena.
Big Mistake #3 – Not taking full advantage of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
Homeowners associations would do well to fall in line with the US Department of Justice and numerous law enforcement agencies all over America that have already spent billions of dollars studying and implementing the concepts and fundamentals of crime prevention that have been outlined by architect Oscar Newman in his book about crime prevention through environmental design.
This approach to crime prevention take advantage of five key different strategies – understanding the territory, taking advantage of natural surveillance practices, encouraging activity support throughout the community, controlling access as much as possible, and providing plenty of education so that everyone “crowd sources” community safety and the whole takes advantage of the services of the
A groundbreaking new approach to crime prevention, and one that is proven to be incredibly effective, this kind of approach leverages the natural resources that a community has to offer as well as the manpower resources available from one neighbor to another and combines them to produce a more efficient security net than would have been possible through technology alone.
By taking advantage of the resources that are already available in a homeowners association, including resources that may not be all that obvious at first, these kinds of organizations are able to dramatically improve the safety and security of the community without enforcing draconian rules or implementing security solutions that have no real chance of success in the real world.
At the end of the day, homeowners associations that pay close attention to the information provided in this quick guide are the kinds of homeowners associations that will enjoy success.
Homeowners the world over should be able to count on their property being they are safe place in the world, and they will be able to enjoy improve safety, security, and comfort when they avoid the three major mistakes that have been outlined above.