Combating vandalism

Vandalism has been an issue with both condominiums and homeowners associations for as long as there have been condos and HOAs.  I recall, quite vividly, the continued vandalism to a community pool that was so out of control that eventually the homeowners association closed the pool down, essentially deconstructed the entire area.  That endeavor ended up costing the association close to $10,000-in 1998.  What could have prevented this continued vandalism to the common areas?

Some communities have researched the possibility of installing closed circuit video monitoring but the cost and constant monitoring required made it prohibitive.  But with significant improvements in technology, installing closed circuit video monitoring is more attractive than ever to control maintenance and repair costs related to vandalism.

Closed circuit cameras can now video record on demand, when a motion is detected.  With these smaller, less cumbersome cameras with built-in communication devices you can create a significant deterrent to would be vandals and possibly recoup some of the damage costs if someone can determine who the vandal is.  If your cameras are monitored, talk-down technology enables the monitoring service to talk to the vandals to let them know police have been dispatched to the area.

The cost associated with new CCTV technology is no longer the deterrent it once was.  Considering the costs associated with night time security and training personnel on your particular communities procedures for your amenities, CCTV could be a viable option.  Vandalism can cost an association several thousands dollars each year and diminish the aesthetics of your common areas and the community as a whole.  If your Board of Directors has been hesitant in the past to engage in this type of security, maybe its time to reconsider.

If managing your community is becoming a burden to you, contact the association management professionals at Property Management Systems, Inc.  With over twenty years of association management experience in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, PMSI can make your community a pleasant place to live again.  Give us a call today.

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