Home Secure Home Technology Offers New Levels of Protection

 It’s not surprising that residents are more willing to invest in security for their  home sweet home than they might be for other expenditures. Even in today’s difficult economy, providers say there’s little disagreement about choosing the latest and the greatest system—live or alarmed—that associations can afford.  

 High-end technology is popular, within reason. The manager of an urban complex  of multifamily buildings, set in a challenging environment, has far different  concerns than the person responsible for safety in a suburban enclave of single  or attached residences, so security depends upon a variety of issues. Providers  need to establish the most cost-effective combination of security measures at  each location, balancing resident preferences with safety.  

 These days, in-home cameras monitor activity, and phones control entries, lights  and appliances. It’s easy to look like you’re home when you’re not. But how do managers decide which technology works best for the entire  area? There are no rules—deciding takes consultation with experts, site inspection and discussion with  residents.  

 Delay Doesn’t Pay

 Robert Kravets, president of Realty Corp. of Boston, says waiting until there’s an incident, possibly serious, is not the way to start. Most properties don’t need major security beyond door locks, lights, etc., but there are exceptions.  “We have one property that’s extremely security-conscious; they have all kinds of (electronic) stuff and  have for 30 years. We’ve had security evaluations done by security people, alarm companies. They used  to have incidents there all the time, and they haven’t had them for a really long time now. That’s partially because the makeup of the area around the property changed, and  because we have a tight system there.”  

 These clients initially thought technology would replace the cost of live  security personnel. “After seven years, it turned out it could not be done,” Kravets says. People depend upon security guards to be there, regardless. “They want another person around to run and check things out. You need someone to  say ‘Help is on the way,’ or keep them warm from trauma. You can’t do that through surveillance.”  

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