Safety is a top concern for many people, homeowners included. People want to be able to enjoy their neighborhood and feel safe and protected. They want their kids to be able to ride their bikes and play outside. While it’s impossible to eliminate all risk, there are ways that HOA communities can be more proactive in curbing crime and illegal activity.
- Team Up with Local Law Enforcement
Make sure that the community has a strong relationship with local enforcement and knows who to call in the event of an emergency. It can be a great idea to set up meet-and-greet type events where officers who regularly patrol the area can come meet homeowners, answer questions, and make themselves known.
- Start a Neighborhood Watch
Encourage homeowners to be more vigilant and perhaps start a neighborhood watch. Everyone should be alert to what is going on around them, pay attention to their surroundings, and report anything suspicious that they observe. It’s important for neighbors to watch out for one another so they know that whether they are home or not, there are people looking out for their safety as well as the security of their home and property.
- Identify and Address Potential Hazards
Are there bushes or trees that are overgrown and provide a perfect hiding place or block the view of certain areas? Are streetlights burnt out or not in place at all? The HOA should periodically sweep the neighborhood to look for potential hazards and ensure bushes are trimmed and lights are replaced. Installing security systems and motion-sensor lights in common areas can help ward off crime as well.
- Install Speed Bumps
Speed bumps, speed humps, speed tables, and other such features can all be effective in slowing down traffic and raising awareness. If drivers routinely drive too fast, these can be worthwhile investments along problem areas. Having clearly visible speed limit signs and reminders to slow down and watch for children can help as well. Alert members to concerns about speeding as well and the dangers it can present to pedestrians, bike riders, animals, children, and others.
- Practice Pool Safety
Another area of concern can be the community pool. Ensure that all equipment is working properly and there are appropriate safety devices available such as life preservers. Some communities employ lifeguards, especially during peak summer hours, but others do not. This varies from one association to the next. The HOA may consider partnering with an outside vendor to make swim lessons, water safety, or CPR courses available to members. Have pool rules clearly posted as well.
The HOA can also be proactive by providing regular updates via email, newsletter, social media, and other means reminding homeowners of safety precautions and strategies so they can be part of the solution. It is essential that everyone works together to create a safer, more enjoyable environment for all. For more support in implementing safety precautions and improving communication, contact Kuester today.