|Security policies and security infrastructure for parking lots or entire sites||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Kristin Dunkle (kdunklegmail.com)|
|Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 07:37:40 -0800 (PST)|
I'm writing seeking the voice of experience from other cohousing communities that may have experienced targeted property crime. I live at East Lake Commons near Atlanta, Georgia. We were established in 1998, I've been here since 2004. We are a 67 unit ( which I think still makes us the largest in the US) cohousing community, located in what some consider a pretty rough part of town. Our entire campus is fenced and has an entry gate*. We've recently experienced a rash of nighttime cash break-ins in the parking lot -- nearly 30 in the past month, usually with at least 5 cars per night hit on nights when it happens. We've taken a range of unsustainable crisis management steps including doing community member patrols and hiring overnight guards, and we've also been making coordinated reports to local police and having a volunteer liaison meet with detectives and make sure the case reports are linked, etc. And the plain fact of the matter is that we live in an "unincorporated" zone, not attached to any municipality, and our low local and property taxes mean that we get what we pay for in terms of policing. The police have been as helpful as they can, but they are severely overstretched and clear that murders, assaults, etc take priority. We have some reason to suspect that the perpetrators are drug addicts and/or youth gangs. We're moving from crisis management to trying to think systematically about short, medium, and long-term security management plans and having fruitful ideological and practical debates about strategies covering a vast range of options including better lighting, higher fences, security cameras, do-it-yourself detective work, better community outreach, etc etc etc. Our last crime wave 5 years ago involved an armed hold up and an attempted carjacking at the site entrance (both youth perpetrated), and it was solved through highly visible community patrolling. That hasn't worked this time, so we're experiencing increasing frustration. We are wondering if anyone out there can share your experience, policies, and/or details about your site infrastructure in terms of managing parking lot or whole site security in an economically diverse urban setting like this. What have you tried? How has it worked or not worked? What has the impact been on relationships within your community and between your community and your neighborhood? I am personally most interested in solutions that don't involve higher walls, bigger barricades or security cameras, but I will faithfully report back to our Security Task Group on whatever anyone has to share about their experiences. With gratitude, Kristin Dunkle East Lake Commons Cohousing, Atlanta, Georgia * The gate has been a source of serious contention over the years as it was added by the developer during construction without community consensus, but we've never been able to consent on removing it. It's one of our on-going hot-button issues.
Security policies and security infrastructure for parking lots or entire sites Kristin Dunkle, January 13 2011
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