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Useful Ideas for Starting a Neighborhood Crime Watch Program

  Communities all over the United States have formed their own protection brigades against crime. These Neighborhood Watch Programs are designed to cut down on crime by having members of the community patrolling the streets. Fully supported by the National Sheriffs' Association, Neighborhood Watch Programs have been protecting our streets for over four decades. Communities that are experiencing a sudden surge of crime will often band together to form a Neighborhood Watch program. If you are considering starting a neighborhood watch program in your community, here are a few tips to help get it off the ground:   1. Plan Your First Meeting This is important to ascertain the level of interest in a Neighborhood Watch program from other community members. Include as many community members as possible, including renters, teenagers and local businesses. Successful Neighborhood Watch programs rely on members from all parts of the community.   2. Pick

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Four Important Tenant Management Tips For Property Managers

Whether you are a property manager for an apartment complex, condominium complex or for a number of private and commercial properties, your job is not an easy one. Especially when it comes to dealing with the renters. Here you are dealing with a slew of multiple personalities, including that of the property owner. To help simplify your job while at the same time being better at managing tenants, take a look at these tenant management tips: Finding Tenants This should be at the top of your list because, well without tenants you'll be out of a job. When you have a space to fill in the property first make sure that it is presentable. Throw on a fresh coat of paint, clean the carpet and fix the leak at the faucet. Once it looks good you can start placing ads, but consider the type of tenant that is interested in

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Tips For Landlords on Improving Security in Your Apartment Complex

Apartment building living has security issues that are not present for homeowners. Complexes are often the target of crime, as it is assumed that the tenants inside are mostly seniors or single women. As a landlord it is in your best interest to keep your building as secure as possible. Not only to help keep the tenants and their belongings safe, but also to protect yourself against any liability if an unfortunate robbery or attack was to occur. Securing the Building Strengthen the Perimeter: Starting from the outside make your building as unattractive to undesirables as possible. This means having adequate lighting around the entire building. Also check ground floor entry points and make sure that they are fastened with additional locking devices. Fire escapes can be a potential hazard as well, so be sure that they are inaccessible from the ground. The Lobby Check-point: There should be a system

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Landlord Tips: Creating a Sense of Community Inside of Your Apartment Complex

A community by definition means a social group who share a common locality. As a landlord it is to your benefit to promote the social side of your community. This helps to build strong ties that bind the residents together and keeps your rental turnover low. The Decline of Community Technology has had a strong negative impact on physical communities all over the world. People have become more accustomed to building strong ties online, while forgetting about the person living right next door. You can use this trend to your building's advantage by setting up a social network page where your tenants can begin to get to know one another in an environment they are already comfortable with.  Signs of a Strong Community When you enter an apartment complex you can tell almost immediately when the residents are cohesive. In a community, the residents smile and greet each other and

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Property Management Companies Send Community Notifications

DialMyCalls.com helps property management companies, storage unit facilities and homeowners associations send out hundreds to thousands of community alerts or rent reminders in a matter of seconds. Managing several properties, HOA's, storage unit facilities and any other time of residential or commercial property can be a daunting task. DialMyCalls helps alleviate the hassle of contacting hundreds to thousands of employees, residents and tenants with our completely web-based notification system – record and send a message out to your entire contact list in a matter of seconds. Property management companies can utilize our system to send out boil water alerts, community notifications, severe weather alerts, event reminders, and several other types of automated messages via voice and text – keep all of your employees and the entire community in the loop! A storage unit facility can have thousands of tenants utilizing the property at once which would take ages to call

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