Why do you need cameras in Aparment or Condominium complexes?
For decades, the most desirable residential buildings were those with visible security systems, liveried door staffs, concierges, elevator operators, keyless locks, state-of-the-art intercom systems and video cameras. Over the course of the last five years, as our war on terrorism has unfolded, these additional security measures have become the norm for all residential structures, and are no longer strictly the domain of high-end complexes.It is very important for owners and managers of condominiums, apartment complexes and all such multifamily residential buildings to take note that their target market will be looking at safety and security considerations when evaluating their property. Potential residents will greatly appreciate seeing a complete security system with features such as surveillance and access control. It may spell the difference between gaining and losing tenants. A video surveillance system can:
- Catch Thieves/Vandals
- Protect Families
- Deter Robbery
- Monitor Apartment building activity
- Ensure Peace of Mind of Tenants
The same system can be used not just for common areas but also for individual residential units in the complex where it can be further bolstered by other security measures such as window glass break detectors. Surveillance is another powerful security feature that is both a crime deterrent and a possible crime solver. The presence of obvious video surveillance cameras in common areas inside and outside a residential complex will by itself discourage criminal elements. It is also important to have hidden video surveillance cameras that cannot be easily detected and avoided or tampered with. It is best when surveillance cameras are positioned strategically so as to cover all areas in the complex. Ongoing monitoring of video surveillance camera footage 24 hours a day, seven days a week is paramount. Any sign of danger should be immediately reported to the authorities.
Safety of the residents
Video surveillance at entrance points such as the main door or parking structure will capture any intruder or criminal who attempts to enter the complex. Security staff monitoring the feed will see this and take the necessary steps to prevent any illegal activity that might take place.Aside from continuous monitoring of area, the footage should also be recorded and archived for future reference. In many cases, such footage can prove to be of primary importance in identifying and prosecuting criminals.
Prevents theft and robbery
A properly installed surveillance camera can immediately detect any suspicious behavior and any intruders may be caught even before commiting their crimes. Prominently installed video cameras which are clearly visible to the visitors will scare thieves, burglars and other criminals before making any attempt of robbery or theft in the apartment complex.
In addition to access control and surveillance, a complete security system should also be configured for integration with other safety functions such as fire safety and emergency support.