Security Technology A Look at the Latest for Co-ops, Condos and HOAs

While it’s true that over the last two decades, New York City has become a much safer place to call home, that doesn’t mean that security concerns don’t still exist—especially for those living in co-ops, condos or HOAs. While security guards or gates and doormen are a good place to start for providing a sense of security, thanks to recent technological advancements, there are now a multitude of other ways for co-op and condo-dwellers to protect themselves and their property.

Covering the Bases

“It’s easy to do a return on investment and compare the cost of physical security vs. electronic,” says Christopher J. Wetzel, executive vice president of Intertech Security, headquartered in Pittsburgh and providing services nationally, “and the latter has proven to be cheaper. If electronics are deployed properly and you’re using the right technology, there’s consistency you will get day in and day out that you might not get if you rely strictly on the human element.” That being said, Wetzel says he feels that some presence of both is really the ultimate safeguard—a physical presence of some kind backed up with video and technology systems.

Janett McMillan, director of sales and marketing for ADT Security, a national company, says the more exclusive the community is, the higher the expectation for a comprehensive security program.

“Managers of residential buildings and developments are looking to full-service providers like ADT Security to assess their security needs for residences, buildings, property and common areas and present options and recommendations,” she says. “Increased crime is a significant factor. The association must be proactive and have the proper layers of protection in place to prevent the community from becoming a target.”

What’s Available?

According to McMillan, there are a number of options available, including residential and community-owned security systems, closed-circuit television (CCTV), access control, perimeter protection and panic alarms. More affordable options are available for cameras and video for monitoring gate entries, common areas and buildings


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