Security risks increase exponentially during the holiday seasons for high-rise buildings. Many residents travel for the holidays, move to warmer weather during the winter months, or have an influx of guests and family members in and out. These factors make it easy for intruders to make it into the building, especially if there are no procedures in place to track the many people and deliveries in and out of the building.

Here are some tips to improve security in your building this holiday season:
  • Report any malfunctions for locks on any exterior doors to the community manager immediately. Building security and mitigating potential losses are extremely important and considered an emergency. Don’t hesitate to call management after-hours if building security compromised. Obviously, if it is a matter that involves police intervention, call 911 first.
  • Common areas of your building are safer when they are well attended to. The areas should be well lit, clean, and secure to deter criminals.
  • Do not leave your condo door unlocked, even when you’re in the unit itself. Check the peephole before opening the door for anyone.
  • Any windows accessible from the ground level should have adequate locking mechanisms, depending on the area.
  • Consider using a light timer when you’re away on vacation, to give your unit the appearance of being lived-in.
  • If your home will be vacant for a long period of time, notify management so they aware of the time frame your unit will be vacant.
  • If you see something suspicious, don’t shrug it off. Let building security or your community manager know as soon as possible.
  • Every high-rise condo’s front desk should store packages in a locked, secure location. The holiday season brings in an abundance of packages and having procedures for check-ins and check-outs of each package will help deter losses. At FirstService Residential properties, our door staff log each package within FirstService Residential Connect™ and track all movements of the package, as well as, who checked the package in and out.
  • Don’t be lax about building security rules. Corporation rules and regulations are in place for the community’s safety and security. All building visitors should be tracked and logged. All building and unit contractors should have their business information provided to management so they can make sure certain insurance and license requirements are being met.  

The only way to maintain a safe community is for all residents to participate and be involved. Reminders and communications assist all parties in working together for the common goal of maintaining a healthy community. 
Friday November 30, 2018