Choosing Home Security

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Designing A Security System For A Residential High-Rise

Maureen Olson

A residential high-rise poses unique challenges to keeping residents safe. To adequately protect both property and residents, you will need to design multiple layers of security to fully cover all aspects of the building.

Limit Access

The best way to keep residents safe is to limit access to the building and encourage residents to maintain the limits you put in place. Digital methods of accessing the building are generally better than using a simple lock and key method, as keys can be easily copied. You may want to set up a method where tenants can access the building in multiple ways, just in case any single method fails. Keycards allow tenants to use their badges to open the doors within the high-rise. Alternative methods could be using a QR code on a smartphone to unlock the door. Another advantage of using keycards and/or QR codes is you can have a record of when a particular person enters and leaves the building if this information is useful later.

Surveillance Cameras

Surveillance cameras are critical for the safety of residents in a high-rise. You will need to consider the type of camera system that is appropriate for your needs. A wireless system is ideal because it will be reliant on a WiFi network in the building and recordings can go straight to a cloud-based storage system. Storing recordings on the cloud will give you virtually unlimited room to keep the recordings in case they are needed by law enforcement at a later date.

The positioning of the cameras will be important to increase the chances of catching footage that may be important later. You will want at least one camera to cover the lobby. Cameras should be located at major entrance/exit points. For example, you will want a camera covering who gets on and off the elevator on each floor and for each door in the stairwell. Cameras that cover the entire hallway will allow you to see where people go once they enter or exit the stairwell or elevators. Adding cameras around the perimeter of the building will be necessary to cover all aspects of the building.

Security Guard

Having a security guard on the first floor adds an additional layer of security. You need a way for residents to receive food and package deliveries without giving out any access codes. The door to the lobby can be open at all times, and you can have a security guard monitoring the area. Deliveries can be left in the lobby for residents to retrieve. Additionally, if a package requires a signature, the security guard can accept the package. The security guard can also monitor the building's cameras and intervene or call law enforcement when needed.

A residential high-rise poses substantial security risks because it can be difficult to monitor all aspects of the building simultaneously. Creating layers of security will give you the best chance at keeping the building and residents safe. Contact a residential surveillance installation service to learn more.  


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When I started making moves to create a safer home, I wasn't sure what I was up against. I knew that my home wasn't entirely safe because of some threats we had had to the area. I started thinking about what the biggest threats were to our home, considering everything from the type of burglaries that typically occured in our areas to the kinds of threats our home was most vulnerable to, and it became apparent to me that I needed to do a little more digging. I realized that I needed to talk to local law enforcement, so that's what I did. They gave me great tips for how to prevent accidents, and I've included that advice on this security blog.