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2013 December Hidden Dangers

In South Florida, buying a co-op or a condo goes something like this: Your realtor takes you to see your dream home. You put in an offer—along with a bunch of other people. After a few nerve-wracking offer/counter-offers, yours is finally …

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2012 December Who Watches the Watchmen?

 Back in the 1980s, McGruff the Crime Dog taught children and parents alike to “Take a bite out of crime.” The tough but affable, anthropomorphic bloodhound was created by the Ad Council  for the National Crime Prevention Council and used …

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2012 December A Private Matter

 The issue of intellectual property and an individual’s right to privacy has become a greater concern since more and more people  conduct their lives online—whether for banking, social media or dating. While the aforementioned generally  h…

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2012 December Staying Safe

For most people, nothing is more important than knowing that they and their families are safe and secure in the place they call home. Boards, management and security firms all must work together seamlessly and cohesively to create that…

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2012 December Too Hot to Handle

 The discovery of fire is considered a major turning point in man's evolution  from cave dweller to outer space explorer. Control of fire allowed early man  warmth for his habitat, a way to cook his meals, and light for his  surroundings. …

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2011 December Creating a Safe Community

Too often a condominium community takes a hard look at its security only after the damage is done. “Our business is an event-driven business,” says Andres Vidales, district manager for ADT Security Services in the Miami/Fort L…

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2011 December At-Risk Residents

Meet the residents of the fictional Manor Woods condominium. Mrs. Jones loves her unit. She’s been living there for 30 years and while she’s still independent, she walks and talks a little slower than she used to. Next door, David was i…

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2011 December Keeping an Eye Out

 It’s often said that safety starts at home—and while many HOAs spend lots of money on sophisticated security and access  control systems to protect residents and property, others opt for lower-tech  solutions to neighborhood security and …

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2011 December Hurricane Action Planning

As Hurricane Wilma churned across southeast Florida on October 24, 2005, four maverick residents of a coastal Pompano Beach condominium under a mandatory evacuation order opted to stay. They brought along some booze, broke into the off…

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2011 December Securing Your Premises

 Despite what film noir and gritty nocturnal crime dramas would have us believe,  sunny venues and beach vistas are as fertile grounds for criminal activity as  dark alleys and deserted piers—especially those typically referred to as “whit…

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