Safety is a top priority for many homeowners. They want to know that that both their family and their property are protected. While the HOA does take steps to keep communities safe, there are ways that homeowners can contribute as well. In a statement to the press, Kuester Management Group offers tips for how homeowners can be more vigilant and promote safety.
“Everyone wants to live in a community where they feel safe, and by working together, homeowners and HOAs can make that happen,” says Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group. “Becoming more informed and being alert to potential risks and how to improve safety can go a long way. Summer can be a prime time for crime to occur because many people go on vacation or leave their windows and doors open.”
Kuester advises homeowners to make preparations in advance if they know they will be out of town on vacation. Asking a friend or neighbor to pick up their mail can reduce the appearance that no one is home. It also ensures that someone is checking in on their property every day or two. Set interior lights on timers so the house does not remain dark for extended periods of time, and always remember to set the alarm system if one is installed.
“If you know you will be away, ask a neighbor you trust to keep an eye on things for you,” says Kuester. “This can ease your worry and also lets them know to be aware of any suspicious activity. If you do notice anything out of the ordinary occurring, contact the police so that they can investigate. Also let your HOA know about suspicious or criminal activity so that they can alert other homeowners to be on the lookout.”
Kuester encourages homeowners to always lock their car doors as well as the doors and windows in their home to deter potential thieves. “Even if you’re only stepping away for a few minutes, it’s better to be safe and take a moment to lock up,” he says.
In addition, homeowners should let their HOA know about any safety risks they notice on community property as well. This could include broken or damaged equipment, trees or shrubbery that are blocking pathways, burnt out lights, and other potential hazards. Working with the HOA, homeowners can ensure these issues do not get overlooked and are brought to attention.
“Stay alert,” says Kuester, “and take steps to keep your home, your family, and your neighborhood safer. Speak up and let the HOA know about any concerns you may have so that way you can work together to resolve them.”
Kuester Management Group, a division of Kuester Companies, works to protect property values and enhance the quality of life in each of its managed communities. Providing a full range of association management services, Kuester Management Group has worked to foster strong, resilient, and unified communities across North and South Carolina. The company is proud to offer on-site property managers, all zealous for building strong communities meant to stand the test of time.
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