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From our heritage as Sheriffs we have developed our property services for the benefit of our community so they have a one-stop shop of protection.

As a property manager, you can sometimes find yourself in a soup. You could land in a situation that compromises your physical safety. There have been incidents where property managers have been attacked or assaulted or perhaps have been victimized at some point. Because of the ongoing threats that are present today, every property manager’s safety and security should be a primary focus.

A residential property manager must take his or her responsibilities seriously. Residents pay a lot of money to live in your rental home or apartment complex, and they want to be able to enjoy their stay. There are several aspects to that satisfaction, including:

  • The property must run smoothly.
  • The grounds and buildings must also look nice.

While it is crucial to maintain the place looking nice, the most important aspect of a property manager’s job is to make it safe. Nobody wants to live in a neighbourhood where they are afraid of criminals or even their neighbours. When it comes to property security, management should not cut corners.

Let’s look at some of the things property managers can do to protect the safety of their tenants, including a deeper dive into their overall responsibilities, the necessity of access control, and how video surveillance systems can help.

What is a Property Manager’s Responsibility?

Property managers handle day to day operations of a rental property. They handle:

  • Ensuring the security and proper running of all parts of the property, from the buildings and lighting to the safety of the staff, residents, and guests.
  • Accepting rent payments, plus allocating funds to keep the property maintained and staff paid.
  • Facilitating maintenance requests to prioritize jobs based on severity or how long a request has been in the queue.
  • Ensuring residents’ needs are met and their rights are not being infringed upon, including removing vehicles that are parked in residents’ paid spots.
  • Providing exceptional customer service to keep each family happy in their home.

He or she wants to keep the rental in a nice, living state so that renters will want to extend their leases when they come up for renewal. This approach is not without its drawbacks, but the ultimate purpose is to protect an owner’s real estate investment.

Problems That May Arise in Rental Properties

Several issues could sweep in at apartment complexes and other rentals that managers would need to deal with. Some examples of property security issues are:

#Theft and burglary

Residents want to know that their things are safe in and around their homes and that they don’t have to worry about robbers entering their areas, therefore these may be the most concerning issues.

#Assault

This relates to the staff’s, residents’, guests’, and other visitors’ safety. All parties and clients will be kept physically safe thanks to background checks and continuous surveillance.

#Vandalism

Graffiti, shattered windows, and other negative effects would detract from the general appearance of the property, as well as risk causing harm to residents’ possessions if the vandalism occurred on their automobiles.

#Loitering

Unauthorized people loitering about can make residents feel uneasy and steal them of their peace of mind. Seeing people on the property who don’t live there or belong there, for example, can easily drive elderly or young children away, making them hesitant of residing in your building.

It’s critical to be able to recognise problems and come up with solutions to keep properties secure if you want to give your residents the kind of care they deserve. Installing property security systems will help to keep your premises safe from threats and ensure that your clients are never in danger.

10 Tips for Keeping a Residential Property Secure

There are numerous things that a property’s leader can undertake to ensure that it is kept secure. Here are ten ideas for keeping properties safe for residents and visitors.

  1. Properly screen potential tenants

Proper screening of the applicants is one of the simplest ways to ensure your property is secured. Background and criminal checks are a simple approach for property managers to ensure that no criminals are living on the premises.

  1. Communicate with residents

It’s critical to communicate with residents on a regular basis to keep them informed about what’s going on with the facilities. This can involve alerting them when contractors will be on the premises to perform construction or other tasks, so they will not be alarmed if they see those folks.

  1. Install security camera solutions

Managers and other members of the property crew are unable to maintain a constant watch on what is going on. Security cameras can help with security since they can see things that people cannot. A camera can also be used to film occurrences as they happen, revealing important facts about what happened and possibly even capturing the criminals in the act.

  1. Install live CCTV monitoring in parking lots

Another technique to keep property security up is to use CCTV cameras for video surveillance. CCTV in parking lots can be very beneficial because this is where many crimes involving vehicle thefts or homeowners being attacked while entering their units occur. Having security guards keeping a watch on the CCTV feeds might assist you in preventing crime in real-time.

  1. Install advanced access control systems

One of the most effective ways to keep a property secure is to install access control at the entrances. This type of security solution keeps those who are not permitted from entering and exiting the premises out, allowing residents to safely enter their homes while having peace of mind that trespassers will not be present.

  1. Utilize an alarm system

The total impact of using an alarm as part of a system to keep a check on your facilities can be increased. These security services should include a variety of options, including a security officer and/or security guard tasked with roaming the premises to keep an eye on what’s going on and responding if an alert goes off.

  1. Install deadbolt locks on all doors

Installing deadbolts on all of your buildings’ apartment doors is a simple approach to improve security. After all, deadbolt locks are more durable and secure than conventional locks, and they can help make the entire site safer for inhabitants by discouraging burglars and vandals.

  1. Keep common areas secure

It’s critical to keep common areas secure, which could include a gym, laundry facilities, and swimming pools. Making such spaces accessible solely to residents and not to visitors helps to protect people and property while also preventing unnecessary harm.

  1. Install fire and other safety protocols

To keep their occupants and buildings safe, properties should have a thorough fire safety system. Carbon monoxide detectors and other safety equipment should also be fitted.

  1. Utilize motion sensors

Intruders can be deterred by using sensors that track movements on the outside of buildings. When motion is detected, the sensors can trigger lighting, drawing attention to trespassers or scaring them away.

The security of their residents, staff, and property is possibly the most critical duty that property managers have. To keep the site safe against theft, violence, property damage, and other crimes, a range of security measures might be implemented. Security professionals’ experience, as well as surveillance cameras and other video monitoring, will keep your premises and inhabitants safe.

Summing-up

If you’re a property manager or a letting agent in search of professional security consultants, look no further than Shergroup to cover the security for your property.

Our team will visit your site, do a thorough risk assessment of your site, and design a tailored security plan to keep your operations running smoothly. Give us a call today to speak with an expert about any property security questions you might have or for tips on selecting the right monitoring systems for your situation.

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