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  • Condo Voice
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  • March 2018

Properly Maintained Condominiums are Less Likely to be Targets of Crime. (CPTED is an acronym for Crime Prevention through Environmental Design). As many may know, CPTED is an acro- nym for Crime Prevention through En- vironmental Design. CPTED Concepts are known and have been utilized for the past 50 years for the purpose of reducing opportunities for crime. This concept also has a history of increasing responsible and positive use of the property while at the same time decreasing the likelihood of criminal behaviour. Implementing CPTED can be defined as follows: Provides the opportunity to reduce crime within the condominium....




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  • Condo Business
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  • March 2018

Two recent events in Toronto have called into question the security of master keys in condo buildings. In one case, a Riverdale condo is facing a bill of $30,000 to $40,000 to re-key its building after its master key was snatched from its re safety box and used to steal a bike secured in a storage locker, according to a CBC news report. In the other case, a locksmith company in Toronto has been advertising that it will copy security locks for condo owners. In addition, a quick check of Google reveals several chat forums in Toronto and the U.S. where condo owners are advising each other of potential locksmiths that will ignore the instructions, 'DO NOT DUPLICATE,' emblazoned on these keys. These owners are also comparing notes on how to approach the locksmith for the best results.....




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  • Condo Business
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  • November 2017

Tail-gating is when an unauthorized person follows a resident into a condo building to bypass security. Traditional remedies for this issue include security awareness education for the residents as well as detailed signage. However, this continues to be a problem for condo corporations, because even if the authorized condo resident notices that someone is following them, rarely do they feel comfortable confronting the person. And recent innovations in delivery services may raise additional security concerns, placing renewed importance on access control. Uber has faced an uphill battle when it comes to security acceptance. One of the most cited criticisms (by their competitors) of Uber's transportation system is the lack of registration of the drivers. Now condo corporations may face a new security challenge as Uber enters into food delivery industry. One issue that may arise is the fact that the people delivering the food are not employed of the franchise that is delivering food....




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  • SP&T News
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  • September 2017

As technology and knowledge advance, clients are expecting more and more from their security installers and certified dealers. Part of that reliance stems from the fact that they are looking to their security providers to stay current on security trends and be familiar with recognized security theory/principles. The security dealer who is able to present his/her security recommendations in a cognizant and professional manner, referencing established security principles, is bound to stand out from the masses. One of the Security Principles that security providers would be advised to implement into their proposals/recommendations is that of Layered Protection. Layered Protection or Defence in Depth is a security concept where assets are protected by rings of security measures. In the center of the rings is the protected or critical asset. As you progress from outer to the sequential inner rings, at each layer, the security measures get more stringent. The reasoning behind this concept is illustrated as follows....




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  • Condo Business
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  • August 2017

"Security is always too much until the day that it is not enough". This quote, coined by former FBI director William H. Webster, perfectly summarizes the physical security industry. The irony of this fact is that a well- functioning security solution is transparent to the end-user. It is only if the security system fails that it comes to the attention of management. For this reason, both developers and condominium boards have shown some reluctance to invest in high-end security methods. There are many good reasons for this hesitation. Previously any security system over and above a camera system (referred to as a video surveillance system or VSS) has been seen as an upgrade due to the cost of the equipment and of running cables. Recent advances in the equipment have made VSS, and other technologies, much more useful and affordable to condominiums....




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  • Condo Contact
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  • August 2017

CPTED is an acronym for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. The purpose of implementing CPTED principles into the design of the condominium is to reduce the opportunities for crime that are inherent in the design of condominiums or their neighborhoods. 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 at the same time decreasing the likelihood of criminal behavior. The goal of implementing CPTED can be defined as follows....




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  • Canadian Security, The Publication for Professional Security Management
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  • May/Jun 2017

Condominiums are a different type of animal when it comes to security management, and this is definitely apparent when discussing security requirements and upgrades. This article is prepared using the Ontario Condominium Act (herein referred to as ACT) as a primary reference, but security professionals will note a similarity to other provincial legislations as well. To start off, condominiums are built by developers with the primary purpose of selling the units to individual owners or investors. When these investors purchase the units, they become proportional owners of the building. Unlike a rental building, where the developer maintains the ownership of the building and then rents units to realize revenue on a monthly basis, the condominium developer has a short term relationship with the building. Their goal is to sell the units, get out, and then move on to the next project.




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  • Condobusiness
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  • Mar/Apr 2017

Within the condominium industry, there has recently been concern about third-party suppliers that are duplicating fobs for owners. Most worrisome would be the lack of control that the condominium corporation can now exercise over the access within the facility. Condominium corporations use fobs to control entry to their buildings for several reasons. Fobs provide information on who accessed the common element with a date and time stamp, which may be important in the event of a security incident.




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  • Condominium Manager Magazine
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  • Mar 2017

It is often repeated that property managers wear many hats as they service the facilities and the owners within the corporation. this is also valid when it comes to safeguarding the assets and the residents of the building. Condominium security has evolved over the years - historically, it was a simple matter of ensuring that all door closures functioned, the locks were working, and that there was a fresh (daily) tape in the CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) system. Modern times have shown a significant evolution in the security solutions that are available to condominiums...




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  • Reprinted from Condo Contact Magazine
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  • Dec 2016

Condominium security has undergone many changes over recent years. Previously, security within a condominium building was simple matter of ensuring that all the doors were locked and that the daily VHS tapes were changed in the CCTV (Close Circuit Television) system. The topic has become far more complex with the advancement of technology in security equipment. It is important to kepp up with these changes in technology as it is not the only thing who is becoming more sophisticatedl: so are the criminals targetting our buildings. We are currently seeing an unpredecented rise in petty theft and damange incidents within condominium communities.