Thursday, December 08, 2005


In view of the "helplessness" of the condo management and security with respect to the recent spate of break-ins, some proactive neighbours are taking things into hand by banding together to form a neighbourhood watch.

Whilst I applaud them for their community spirit and volunteerism, I can't help but opine that surely there must be a more effective way than this?

Why should we risk our own safety to patrol the corridors at ungodly hours when we are footing monthly maintenance fees which covers security expenses? Will it not be more effective to "manage and monitor" rather than to "personally execute" ...after all the security guards are trained (I hope) to respond effectively should a situation turn nasty.

Plus, it should be noted that the break-ins all occured in the afternoons/ evenings...when most of us are away at despite that trend, is it worth patrolling when the culprits daren't or have no plans to strike?

Perhaps, by partaking in the watch, some feel better at having exerted some kind of effort in safeguarding their homes.

To me, I feel it is more important that everyone around chips in on simple things like:
a) being responsible for the security of your own home - upgrade your locks, install cctvs if you feel the need to
b) get to know your neighbours
c) be alert and cautious always
d) report suspicious individuals/events to security pronto

Insignificant measures of much lesser glory as opposed to a grand-scale "neighbourhood watch" - but nevertheless, I still believe, would be more effective. The KISS concept comes to mind.

I, for one, have no intention of taking up a second job at zilch pay to walk the quiet hallways of my condo in the wee hours of the night.


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