From Building Security: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design
James W. Harris
Former Vice President, Property Management
National Multi Housing Council/National Apartment Association
Joint Legislative Program
There is no good reason why we should fear the future, but there is every reason why we should face it seriously, neither hiding from ourselves the gravity of the problems before us, nor fearing to approach these problems with the unbending, unflinching purpose to solve them aright.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858 1919)
Inaugural Address, 6th U.S. president 1905
Building owners, real estate professionals, and apartment management executives reviewed and adjusted their property operating procedures and security features after September 11, 2001. New York City apartments in Lower Manhattan, adjacent to the World Trade Center, were not the only properties affected by the attacks that day. Subsequent warnings from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (May 2002) and the Department of Homeland Security (February 2003) identifying apartments as possible soft targets, or even staging grounds, for terrorist attacks made security a higher priority for all apartment properties.
This chapter provides a series of optional checklists of specific operating considerations found in management guidance issued by the National Multi Housing Council/National Apartment Association Joint Legislative Program (NMHC/NAA JLP). These operating considerations are an optional resource only and do not constitute a standard of care for industry operations owners and fi rms may accept, reject, or improve on individual considerations listed here at their discretion (Tables 11.1 to 11.8).
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