How to Start a Neighborhood Watch in Your HOA

Establishing a neighborhood watch allows community members to work together to prevent vandalism and crime. While it takes a bit of time to establish such an organization, it is definitely worth the effort. Neighborhood watches make communities safer, and they help build strong relationships between neighbors. If you are thinking about starting a neighborhood watch in your HOA, here are the steps you need to take.

How to Establish a Neighborhood Watch in an HOA

When starting a neighborhood watch, begin by considering what areas would benefit most from such an organization and determining what homeowners would be willing to volunteer their time to the cause. Plan a presentation to discuss implementing a neighborhood watch.

Once you’ve determined that such an organization would benefit your community, contact your local Sherriff’s Office to schedule speakers and plan an in-depth presentation. Send out invitations for this event at least two weeks prior to the meeting. Encourage all community members to attend, even if they are not personally interested in volunteering.

Sketch out a neighborhood map to use during the presentation. Pinpoint specific areas of concern, and get feedback from homeowners. During the presentation, provide possible plans of action. Make volunteers aware of how to report unusual activity and establish a communication network. Work with law enforcement officials to learn more about how to prevent crime within the community.

With all the information in place, the neighborhood watch can begin the task of keeping an eye on the neighborhood. Be sure to plan regular meetings and outings to maintain interest in the organization. Let volunteers know that their time and efforts are appreciated, and address any concerns that may arise promptly.
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Decreasing Crime in HOAs

A neighborhood watch is a great method of decreasing crime in HOAs. If crime and vandalism are a serious problem in your community, working with a HOA management company may help you improve safety and security and keep would-be criminals at bay. To learn more about how a property management company can help make your neighborhood safer, contact us today.

With viruses, malware and hackers always lurking in the shadows, condominium and homeowner’s associations need to take steps to boost their online security.  In the technological age, everyone is susceptible. Just like you lock your doors and windows to stay safe in the real world, you need to take steps to secure your association.

Here are a few ways to improve cybersecurity in your association.

  • Change passwords often. Staying safe in the digital age means having strong passwords and changing them frequently. Update your passwords every few months, and make big changes as opposed to small changes like altering capitalization.
  • Don’t use the same password for multiple systems/sites. When you use the same password for everything, a hacker only needs to crack one password to have access to all of your accounts. Choose different passwords for everything, and use a secure password saving program to keep track of them all.
  • Keep your antivirus software updated. New viruses hit the web daily. Keeping your antivirus software up-to-date is the best way to ensure that you will be protected if someone launches an attack on your computer.
  • Be aware of phishing scams. Hackers commonly send phishing scams via email to obtain your password or install malicious software on your computer. Do not open files or click links from unknown senders. Be wary of files and links coming from people if you know if they seem
  • Pay attention to who has access. Sensitive information should be accessible to as few people as possible. Keep track of who has access, and remember to change passwords if someone who once had access no longer needs it.
  • Back up your data. Always back up your sensitive data. This ensures that you will still have access to the information you need in the event of a breach.

Are you concerned about your association’s safety online? Working with a professional property management company can help. Contact us today to learn how we can help your condominium association or HOA prevent cyberattacks and stay save online.


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