Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Integrated Security Options

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Integrated Security Options

Article excerpt

Industry reports show that today's apartment residents are more sophisticated about precautionary measures available and are asking for the addition of inunit monitored intrusion alarms in their apartment homes. Therefore multifamily property owners must understand the issues regarding monitored alarms versus local alarms.

Some owners consider local alarms because they are less costly or because the perceived value is equal to that of monitored alarms. However, local alarms are only noisemakers. They alert everyone in the immediate vicinity that an apartment has been inappropriately accessed. But they do not alert the person that needs to be alerted-someone from the monitoring center-who can inquire on the resident and, if necessary, dispatch emergency response agencies.

Residents are the first to respond when a local alarm goes off and can easily become subjected to a dangerous situation. Offering local "noisemaker" alarms is like asking your residents to monitor your prop erty. When a monitored alarm is activated by an intruder, the monitoring center is alerted and the resident is called, or the proper authorities are dispatched. This lowers the liability of innocent residents becoming involved in dangerous situations and reduces the response time in an emergency.

Keep in mind that service doesn't end with the installation of a monitored alarm. An owner can help reduce liability to his or her residents by ensuring that if alarms are offered, residents must be provided with accurate, easy-tounderstand instructions. …

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