The layout of your homeowners association is an important part of ensuring safety for your community. Therefore, it’s smart to schedule a safety walkthrough so you have a plan in place for any emergencies. Your HOA can either perform the walkthrough yourselves, through a homeowners association management company, of with your local police.
If your local police precinct offers a police liaison program, they should be able to give your homeowners safety talks and facilitate neighborhood watches, which often includes safety walkthroughs.
The Safety Walkthrough Process
Walkthroughs typically happen at night and include your board members and HOA management company. It’s important for several members to be there, but make sure it’s not too many to be distracting.
Once your police liaison meets you on the property, the walkthrough will begin and they’ll help in identifying areas of interest or concern. Some of the review areas could include:
- Lighting, to see if there are any gaps in coverage that could allow for hiding areas for a potential criminal or attacker.
- High-traffic places where there could be a hazard as people come in and out quickly.
- Access controls, to make sure the exits and entrances of your buildings are maintained properly.
- Amenities that could be possibility abused after hours.
A walkthrough is beneficial because it helps you see areas of concern that you can then act on and improve. Every homeowners association can gain something from this process, so it’s highly recommended. You’ll want to plan this around every two years to make sure the safety of your community is secured.
If your police liaison doesn’t offer this service, you can hire your HOA management company to do it for you. Cedar Management Group can help with your walkthrough and work with your local police department if it’s an option.