Community Insider Winter 2017 - Page 16

Let ’ s Be Direct : Don ’ t Call It Security

BY LUIS E . VENTURA , ESQ .

In Shakespeare ’ s Romeo and Juliet , Juliet sweetly asks , “ What ’ s in a name ? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet .” ( Act 2 , Scene 2 .) Were Juliet the community manager for Fair Verona Community Owners Association , she might well say , “ What ’ s in a name ? That which we call ‘ limited community monitoring ’, by another name , might help get us sued .” That ‘ other name ,’ is “ security .” Let us be direct : do not call it security . Just stop it .

We commonly refer to the person who walks or drives through the development as the “ security guard ”; after all , he or she works for the “ security company .” The concern is that the word “ security ,” brings to mind the notion of being secure , but this is not what associations intend by contracting for limited community monitoring . Thus , the better practice is to use a more accurate term . If the “ security company ” is really just providing a parking supervision service to check for inappropriately parked cars , then call it “ parking monitoring ,” “ parking supervision .,” If the “ security guard ” – please , hold the mini-fog horn sounds until the end – has been contracted to merely serve as a set of eyes , then refer to it as “ limited community monitoring .”
Repeatedly using “ security ” feeds into a mistaken belief that the association provides a secure environment . This is normally not the case . Even within a gated community , the gate normally provides
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