When new trustees, unfamiliar with procedures, are elected they need to take up portfolios of responsibility. I composed the attached outline of the duties of the trustee/s responsible for maintaining the security of a complex. This might be useful for other schemes. The equipment and action steps might differ, but the outline of duties is quite comprehensive. Download Security duties - trustee
Tips on security measures by owners/tenants is captured in another post.
I recommend the following security measures to trustees for consideration:
· Maintaining contact with local SAPS, the sectional police forum and/or local neighbourhood watch.
· Continually to keep complex residents aware of their responsibilities for their own safety and the collective responsibility of the safety of the complex as a whole.
· Entry to the complex via a keypad/telephone link to residents and scheduled checks and maintenance of the gate motors and rails.
· An electric fence, regularly checked, with instead of alarm/s rather floodlights activated when triggered.
Our complex had barbed wire being cut to gain entry. We replaced barbed wire with bladed wire, which had been cut to gain entry. Spikes can be bend away or overcome by gloves and thick-soled shoes—personally stepped on spikes to repair lights—they are for show. We have had only false alarms in all the time we had our electric fence. If the fence is regularly checked and kept clear from vegetation and clean from dead insects or water absorbing materials caught in-between isolators and wires, there should not be false alarms. The wires cannot be pushed aside or cut, because the alarm would be activated. However, I believe floodlights would be better than alarms that are often ignored, because if a burglar suddenly finds him/herself in a well lid area, he/she would most likely run away. We had armed response for a while, but generally found the response time unsatisfactorily or at times not at all. We therefore discontinued the armed response services.
Revised 22 May 2010