You might think that people in high-rise condos such as this one feel completely safe, but not so. These large buildings are installing more and more security cameras. One high-rise condo board president said her building has fourteen cameras; another said hers now has twenty-eight. Two big fears are safety in indoor garages and the problem of unknown visitors who gain entry into a building following unit owners close behind appearing to be accompanying them.
Attorney Kim explained that condo boards are not generally liable for crimes that occur in the common areas or otherwise, with the possible exception of associations that expressly state that they are responsible for security and explicitly “undertake” to provide it. Otherwise, Mr. Kim, said, boards should make it clear that the association is not responsible for everybody’s safety from criminal activities in the building.
Mr. Kim warned that security cameras sometimes provide a “false sense of security”. He said that in his own condo association where he’s an owner, over the years there have been two occasions when incidents occurred and the recorded tapes might have been useful, but the cameras were not working and were therefore useless.
The discussion left a person wondering: can any amount of security, door staff, or security cameras match the safety of people in a community, including a condo high rise, getting acquainted with each other, learning to recognize each other as residents who trust each other and get along OK?
Isn’t this good-morning-how-are-you safety the cheapest and the most effective kind ever invented?