Every day when we turn on the news, we hear about crime. Whether you live in the City of Chicago, in the suburbs, or outside of Illinois, there is crime. What is particularly startling is the crime that is committed in areas where people believe they are safe—at work, at school, even in their homes. This makes one managing a multi-family community stop and ask, “Are we safe?” “Are we doing enough to prevent a crime?” A board of directors is charged to administer and manage the property within the association. It is only empowered to enforce the restrictions within the community instruments. That is, neither management nor the board of directors is intended to replace the police or other authorities who are responsible for preventing and detecting crime and maintaining public order. Yet, there are steps that can be taken by management and the board of directors to help minimize the risk of crime.
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