I received so many positive comments on this idea, I plan on forwarding them to the SCA board and maybe we will get some interest there too. Below are a couple of the emails I received that I felt readers might find interesting.
I do believe cameras in our parking lots could be a worth while service for the SCA residents, but I have another couple of suggestions for consideration.
There are many SCA residents using wheelchairs, walkers, and canes to assist them in traversing the grounds and community buildings. I see people walking between the cars, attempting to reach the buildings safely. Unfortunately, people in cars don’t always see those walking so slowly or in wheelchairs, and my concern is someday someone is going to get hurt.
I have suggested there be more handicapped parking spaces close to the community buildings in order to provide less distance for the handicapped to walk or ride to the buildings and to help them arrive at their destination safely. When making this suggestion to Sandy Seddon, I was told all handicapped parking spaces must be almost perfectly level. SCA spent thousands of dollars on our parking lots last year, but I only saw an extra couple of handicapped spaces in front of the Independence building. It makes no sense to me that with all the grinding and re-pouring of asphalt, they could have made more level spaces for handicapped residents. We are, after all, a community of 50+, with many residents 70+ and even younger with physical disabilities causing them greater effort to get out of their vehicles and make their way to our buildings.
Another suggestion would be to add a couple of sidewalks like those in several parking lots for businesses in the area, including the Target parking lot on Sunridge and Horizon. Our sidewalks could be placed in front of parking spaces, where we can all get to the buildings more safely from our vehicles via sidewalks. The sidewalks would not need to be in every isle, but perhaps every one or two isles.
SCA provides so many amenities for our physically active residents. I believe more effort needs to be expended on amenities for the handicapped. Safer parking lots would be a good start!
A Concerned Resident,
I am in favor of cameras in the parking lot that are monitored. Yes.
We would all have to update our emergency contacts for the membership office, which reminds me to do that soon.
And we need more than just one…for those of us who are single. most of us have relatives who are out of state, and friends who do not answer their phones or check their texts regularly.
That is why we need at least 3 contacts to be included in the emergency contacts.
And of course, we need to update our vehicle’s license plate and description since we may have changed our vehicles. DARN IT, I have to do that with the membership office also.
Thank you for your devoted interest in keeping our community safe,
Linda Krause SCA Homeowner
Questions that need to be explored:
1: Who would monitor them? Nobody (just recording). A volunteer (7/24 or how much coverage?). 2: Paid staff? A third party?
3: Would they be active all the time or use motion detection?
4: Would they be recorded or just monitored?
5: How many are needed to avoid blind spots caused by vans, large SUVs , trucks, and trees?
Cost of the above?
As a member of Community Patrol (NOT called Security Patrol) I have long advocated for observation cameras throughout SCA with in-office volunteer monitors to supplement (and maybe even someday replace if we could use drones) the use of vehicles. I believe the solar project is still alive.
Great idea – spent so much money on paving and landscaping now it’s time to spend some money on something that helps the residence for both security and safety.