If you live in an apartment building, condominium or other shared building, you rightly have concerns over who is allowed to enter that property. The same holds true if you are staying at a hotel, work in an office or live in a gated community. If the owner or manager of the property you spend time in does not carefully control access points, people with dangerous intent can gain access and put you and your loved ones at risk. How can property owners secure their buildings?
Harnessing security technology
An article on buildings.com discusses the Three Ds of building security: Deter, Detect and Document. From motion detectors to surveillance cameras, security technology offers a variety of means to detect and overcome access threats. The mere presence of a modern security system, if its features are visible to would-be intruders, can keep bad actors away.
Putting up gates
Any barrier to entry adds a level of deterrence against criminal activity. Building owners must carefully analyze all potential points of entry, including terraces, back yards and underground parking garages. Security gates and other physical barriers send would-be criminals a valuable message: Entering this property is more trouble than it’s worth.
Replacing faulty locks
If an entry door has a known problem with its lock, the building owner is responsible for promptly repairing or replacing it. If a building or other property is known for having faulty locks, it will become an attractive target for those with criminal intent.
Reacting quickly to security breaches
Property owners and managers must address security vulnerabilities as soon as possible. This includes:
- Lost keys, fobs or access cards
- Malfunctioning electronic security systems
- Faulty gates
- Inadequate lighting
For victims of robberies, assaults and other criminal activity, there is an added layer of betrayal knowing that a building owner’s negligence contributed to the crime. Victims in such situations can take comfort that they enjoy the same legal protections as anyone who has suffered a personal injury caused by negligence or wrongdoing.