By Philip Shea, Associate Editor
Before satisfying the more ancillary needs and desires your residents may have, providing adequate security is a priority that cannot be overlooked. The ability of residents to return home without apprehension is perhaps the most valuable product a manager can provide, and a simple range of products can achieve this with great effect.
In addition to providing security to the outside of a resident’s unit, there might also be a need for interior security for individual bedrooms or storage areas. A Smartcode Lever from Kwikset is the perfect solution to this need, coming fully equipped with a keypad and traditional lock, as well as Kwikset’s unique Home Connect technology—allowing residents to lock or unlock their doors via a mobile device and keep track of who accesses these respective spaces. This state-of-the-art device comes with a one-year electronics warranty (www.kwikset.com).
Electronic locks are becoming an increasingly popular product in multifamily, as they provide a level of versatility and flexibility that traditional locks cannot. Schlage’s FE210F is a computer-managed, iButton®-operated lock that allows owners and managers to easily change access times and houses reporting capabilities that include date- and time-stamped access information. The lock can also be rekeyed via Schlage’s SMS Express software when residents move out (www.schlage.com).
For a wide-range, comprehensive solution to your property’s security needs, SAFLOK’s System 6000™ is a package that deserves fair attention. This state-of-the-art product incorporates a Windows-based access audit system that monitors the use and ownership of resident keycards, while also integrating point-of-sale (POS) and other third-party applications. If versatility is what you value, look no further than this (www.kabamultihousing.com).
In addition to providing security for the overall community, each resident needs peace of mind with regard to his/her own space. The SimpliSafe Apartment Security System is an all-in-one package equipped with a keypad alarm system, motion sensors, entry sensors, a panic button and keychain remote. This product will no doubt leave tenants with the impression that their community values their safety (www.simplisafe.com).
One of the most vulnerable areas for residents and visitors alike lies not inside a building, but on the outside. Parking lots are common hotspots for theft and even more serious crimes, and providing security in such an area is paramount to giving your residents a sense of safety and calm overall. An emergency phone tower from Rath Security is a great way to achieve this, as it provides an emergency communication system as well as optional features such as camera surveillance and a speakerphone. The 9-foot tower is weather-resistant, solar-powered and comes with a two-year warranty
One of the cornerstones of security for any property in modern times is video and audio surveillance, and Peace of Mind (POM) Technologies LLC provides state-of-the-art equipment to satisfy this need, as well as a host of supplemental technologies. From whole-apartment video to intercom systems and access control, this company has everything to help you achieve comprehensive and reliable surveillance (www.pom-tec.com).