Sharmila is rather insistent that I say something about what a number of residents are concerned about the past two days; you may find that the boom gates at the precinct’s entrance are up and there is, horror of horrors, no guard.
Well, is this really such a bad thing?
Upon the recommendation of the security officials from DRB-Hicom, the guard who normally mans the post at the precinct entrance is now made to go on his bike, literally.
We’ve had our fair share of disagreement over this. I am from the camp that agrees with this move although I would like to see that the card readers be installed so there is some form of access control. Frankly, the guard does nothing but press the button. I overcome this irritation with the thought that the mere presence of someone in uniform should offer some deterrence effect. And the poor job being done at the boat house is always a concern. You may well ask what deterrence value there is since we’ve had had four reported break-ins, almost at will.
GCD did verbally promise in the middle of last year that they will look into installing the readers at the precincts after the implementation of the access cards that we now use. The Committee still feels this is still an important need.
The first line of defense at the boat house is the most important. If it leaks here there is potential trouble. What happened? Everything that shouldn’t be – waving through visitors and allowing residents to use the visitors’ lane. These residents are unaware that the proper usage of lanes is an important aspect of access management. They do so because they are inconsiderate or because they have not applied for the access card, usually because they are owing GCD.
We have pressed GCD for the installation of a card reader with CCTV at the precinct’s entrance and exit. There are benefits. This can lead to the redeployment of the guard at this post to do something else that is useful. For example we could have a manned ‘Gate A’ so residents can go to the shop lots. We can’t buy a cup of coffee without having to travel a fair distance. Few would want to set up shop at a place where the prime customer base is shut out. Yet, if we ever get to read the rationale for the shop lots in GCD’s master plan for this development, I dare say it will be full of the “what a wonderful complement the shop units will be for the homeowners” variety. It is now not a pretty sight with many of the units farther in stripped of the shutters.
With the card reader, visitors can only get into the precinct with a temporary card issued at the boat house. That means get down to register like during the good old days when it was said that “Glenmarie Cove is guarded like Fort Knox”. Not Fort Knocked. Residents who do not have the card will have to do the same as well or they will not be able to go to their homes or exit unless they call the guard house each and every time. What if they were to force the gates open or ram the boom. In that case, the CCTV will provide the evidence for damage claims and to facilitate police reports by the security company. This can be a useful deterrent against non payment of dues.
Let’s have some good feedback.