Condo Security Tips for the Holiday Season
Here are some tips to improve security in your building this holiday season:
- Report any malfunctions for locks on any exterior doors to the building 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 (report burnt out light bulbs promptly), clean, and secure to deter criminals.
- Even if you have locked building entrances 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, and possibly metal bars, 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 you are a snow bird, and 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 building manager know as soon as possible.
- Every 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. Association Rule 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. FirstService Residential properties track visitors and photos within FirstService Residential Connect and can be preapproved by each resident through the community’s website.
- Some people may become dangerously depressed during the holidays. Be cognizant of the people around you and intervene early if possible to deter a potentially violent situation from erupting. Some ways you can assist are by being a patient listener, reporting the matter, or guiding the individual towards appropriate counseling.