This month, Haruki T. from Vancouver writes: I’ve noticed that not all of my neighbours are as diligent about security as they could be and I think we could do a better job. Could you provide some tips on how we can work together to maintain a safe community?

Thanks for your message, Haruki – You are absolutely right – maintaining security in our buildings is a shared responsibility. While our onsite security personnel and equipment are there to monitor our properties and report on any criminal activity,  a secure building is about the collective efforts of everyone involved. Here are some helpful tips and reminders that can help everyone contribute to a safer living environment:

  • Get to know your neighbours. A community that knows each other is more likely to look out for one another.
  • Always ensure that doors, especially communal ones, are locked when not in use. If you notice a lock is broken, report it to management immediately.
  • If you notice any burnt-out bulbs in common areas – notify us, a well-lit area can deter potential intruders.
  • Prevent strangers from entering the building. Avoid propping open a door or allowing someone you don’t recognize to ‘piggyback’ when you enter.
  • Protect personal belongings. Even in a trusted environment, it’s important to take precautions with your valuables.
  • If you’re expecting a package or food delivery, be sure to set alerts on your phone to inform you when it’s been delivered and promptly retrieve it.
  • Follow community rules. They are usually in place for the safety and well-being of all residents.
  • See something, say something: If you notice concerning or suspicious activity, please contact us at 1-833-330-7030 and/or 911
  • If you feel threatened or your safety is at risk do not hesitate – call 911.

Let us know if you have any further questions or concerns about your safety, We’re here to help!