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  • Posted By Scott
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  • Feb 24, 2018

At 3D Security Services, we are believers in education and certification. As with any intellectual endeavour, review is critical. I had the opportunity to be reading Timothy D. Gilles’ excellent text book “How to Develop and Implement a Security Master Plan”, and one of the sentences jumped out at me as very relevant to the condominium security field. In the opening chapter, Mr. Gilles discusses that while those in the Security Field are very

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  • Feb 06, 2018

It comes as a considerable surprise to most condo managers and board members that those three magic words printed on your master keys: DO NOT COPY....is only a suggestion. Bottom line is that those words are a request to all locksmiths to abide by your direction/wishes in this matter. Hard as this may be to believe, there are no laws or rules in Ontario that prevent the locksmith from duplicating condominium keys without proper authorization.

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  • Oct 10, 2017

In psychology, there is a learning model called the “Four Stages of Competence” or the “Conscious Competence Ladder”. Basically, there are four steps to this ladder, and it is interesting how they relate to Condominium Security, especially the first two. The four steps are: 1. Unconscious Incompetence, 2. Conscious Incompetence, 3. Conscious Competence, 4. Unconscious Competence. Before proceeding, it must be stated that the term “Incompet

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  • Posted By Scott
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  • Aug 18, 2017

One of the many questions that we get asked during our security presentations or audits is about security vs. privacy concerns, especially how it relates to security cameras. We have to qualify the following article with the statement that we are not lawyers and are not in the position to provide legal advice in this (or any other) matter - we will leave that to our smarter, lawyer friends who are so generous with their likes, shares and re-tweets.

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  • Posted By Scott
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  • Jul 24, 2017

CPTED is an acronym for Crime Prevention through Environmental Design. The purpose of implementing CPTED principles into the design of the facility is to reduce the opportunities for crime that are inherent in the design of the condominium or neighbourhood. CPTED has a proven record of being properly researched and utilized successfully on an international basis. It also has a history of increasing responsible and positive use of the property while a

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  • Posted By Scott
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  • Jul 01, 2017

When it comes to implementing security solutions, a lot of facilities (including condominiums) are hesitant to upgrade their existing systems to newer ones. The common feeling is that they are concerned that as soon as they put in a new security device, it will become obsolete in a short span of time. They feel that this will mean that they have wasted their money on a useless system.

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  • May 06, 2017

One of the objections that we often hear when a facility contemplates security upgrades is a fear that the measures will make the residents feel like they are in prison. However, when properly planned and executed, the implementation of a security system will reassure the residents rather than alarm them. As mentioned in Myth #2, there are many different ways that security measures can be incorporated into the Physical Protection System (PPS). To reca

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  • Apr 24, 2017

Robert Ringer, in his book Winning through Intimidation, speaks very articulately on the subject of the “expert from afar” syndrome. Basically, the concept is that sometimes internal advice can fall on deaf ears, but when that same advice is espoused by an external source, it receives all sorts of credibility and applause. Over our 20 years with condominium management, we have seen this theory in action multiple times.

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  • Mar 16, 2017

In our last blog, we started to describe the “Piñata-style” of addressing security concerns. In this style (or lack of style), security decisions are made randomly and without any long term consideration for integration and functionality. We describe it in this manner because it seems like the building is flailing away, blindly, at an elusive goal, hoping to a make contact.

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  • Mar 09, 2017

In order to plan and implement effective protection for a facility, one must be a forward-focused visionary with an excellent memory. Although that may sound like a contradiction, proper facility security planning must incorporate aspects from both the future, and the past, of the building.

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  • Mar 05, 2017

As we have previously discussed, Condominium and Building Facilities have many expenses that must compete for their limited dollars. This can result in items that do not show an immediate return, though are still very important, being placed lower down on the list of priorities for the building.

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  • Posted By Scott
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  • Feb 11, 2017

As mentioned previously, Condominium Security usually relays on 2 aspects: Video Surveillance and Access Control. Condominiums are using Fobs and/or remote controls (collectively known as access control devices) to control entry to the building for several reasons: They are more secure as they provide information on who accessed the common element with a date/time stamp. In the event of a security incident, this information may be very important.

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  • Posted By Scott
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  • Jan 28, 2017

There are facts and myths in every industry and the Security/Condominium field is no exception. One of the most common justifications for a lack of action is often “it has never happened before, so why do we need to worry about it.”

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  • Dec 20, 2016

If there is one Great Consistent in the Condominium industry, it is the fact that condominium board members and property managers are under intense, crushing pressure to keep costs down. This can cause conflict when there is a difference of opinion between board members when it comes to spending money. Occasionally, you will get a personality on the Board that is opposed to spending money on pure principle (regardless of the argument for...

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  • Posted By Scott
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  • Nov 29, 2016

There are many benefits to living in a condominium. Part of the attraction seems to be the fact that condominium corporations elect a Board of Directors to ensure that the owners’ investment (their condo) is well looked after. This can range from producing annual budgets, ensuring long term investments are free from risk, renewing snow removal contractors and/or replacing the roof (just to name a few).

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  • Posted By Scott
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  • Oct 04, 2016

For most Condominiums, the major components of the Security Solution include access control (key for a few older condominiums, but mostly fobs for the newer ones) and the security video system. The access control system is used to Delay (and restrict) access to the building, where the camera system (hereafter referred to as VSS or Video Surveillance system) is used to Detect any unwanted intrusion to the property.

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  • Oct 02, 2016

Welcome to the final section of our 3-part blog series on Condominium Security. Previously, we spoke about the other two topics which were Education and Integration. This blog will be discussing Implementation of the Condominium Security Solution.

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  • Posted By Scott
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  • Aug 26, 2016

August is Condominium Security month at 3D Security Services. We would like to welcome everyone to the second part of our 3-part blog series to help both Condominium Managers and the Board of Director with security awareness within their condominium buildings. As we mentioned in the last blog, the three topics that we will be discussing are Education, Integration and Implementation.

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  • Posted By Scott
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  • Aug 15, 2016

August is Condominium Security month at 3D Security Services,. We would like to welcome everyone to our 3-part blog series to help both Condominium Managers and Board of Director Members with security awareness within their buildings. As we mentioned in the last blog, the three topics that we will be discussing are Education, Integration and Implementation.

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  • Posted By Scott
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  • Aug 07, 2016

As you may be aware, our core business at 3D Security Services is the supplying of security expertise (in audits, assessments, presentations and project management) to the Property Manager’s of Condominium Corporations as well as the Board of Directors that run these facilities. Our combination of practical experience, industry-education and professional designations (in Condominium Management, Physical Security and Project Management) uniquely pos

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  • Jul 22, 2016

In our experience, this rings particularly true when discussing the Physical Security System (PSS) in a property (like a condominium) where the system is not replaced but expanded over the years. This cycle starts at the beginning when a system is put in place. When a developer commissions a facility, there is usually not an abundance of planning that is put into the PSS. Usually, their preferred contractor is awarded the contract and directed to pu

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  • Jul 15, 2016

Recently, 3D Security Services has been commissioned to undertake the assessment of security systems of many Ottawa condominiums. When completing these assessments, we are reviewing and evaluating the PSS (Physical Security System) in order to identify vulnerabilities as well as providing recommendations to make the system more effective. As part of the review process, we examine and test various aspects of the PSS, just some of them being the CCTV..