Category Archives: Crime Prevention

Look Closely

Criminal Background CheckBackground checks can protect your community, but the landscape is filled with legal and regulatory land mines. Beware what you scrutinize. Background checks can be complex, precarious and occasionally contradictory. But many community associations conduct a variety of investigations when hiring employees, considering prospective tenants...
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Keeping Watch

The eyes and ears of community volunteers are needed to help keep neighborhoods safe.  But what’s the boards role?   

After finding his home ransacked in 2004, Art Hanson tallied the losses.  Thieves had broken into a basement window and stolen laptops, cameras, even a piggy bank from the family’s home. 

“As upsetting as that was, what really got under my skin was the fact that it was a persistent problem in my neighborhood,” he says.

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Sizing up Safety

Despite entrance gates, security patrols and neighborhood watch groups, community associations are not immune to crime. As the slow economy leads to layoffs and tightened personal budgets, desperate people may break the law.  Perhaps now may be the best time for an association to review its safety and the steps it can take to help prevent crime. 

“I think we’ll see an increase in crime with the number of homes that are vacant due to foreclosure,” says Melinda Johnson, CMCA a senior property manager. ” With banks posting notices of ownership…, criminals may begin to look for the right opportunity.” 

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