Another two months has passed, and I checked again
to see the status of the cameras. On the last check, a month ago,
one camera in in Building 1 was not operational. On this check a
different camera in Building 1 was not operational. The security
officer working in Building 2 would not let me check the screens,
so I cannot say for sure what the status of those cameras is. Director
Fran Marino was walking by at the time, and rather than facilitate,
she simply advised the guard to advise me to get permission from
Many thanks to GB for helping to collect data
for this investigation.
It's been nearly two months since the incident in building 3, and
we checked to see whether the problems with our security cameras
have been resolved. There is evidence of some new equipment, and
some cameras that were not working are working now.... But others
that were working are not working now. Indeed, it turns out
that there are still as many as seven inoperative cameras in our
buildings (a security guard expressed uncertainty as to whether
certain blank screens were due to the system configuration or malfunctioning
I had a coincidental run-in with Mr. Stanley Friedland while I
was checking the cameras in building 3, and he stressed "make
sure you tell them that they're being repaired!" A follow-up
with Mr. Faerman of Rudd Realty resulted in the forecast: "I
can approximate completion of all buildings by March 6, 2006".
An incident occurred in Building 3 on December 19th, in which a
trespassing youth attempted to rob a shareholder of a cellphone.
In the end, the robbery was unsuccessful, but in the ensuing investigation
it was discovered that the security camera that was supposed to
be recording the scene was not operating. we followed up with this
the next day to discover that out of the approximately sixty security
cameras deployed throughout our buildings (each elevator, building
entrances, mail areas, laundry rooms), at least fourteen cameras
and one monitor were inoperative. Security staff were not specific,
but suggested that many cameras had been inoperative for quite some
During this investigation, however, we learned that Management
was responding rapidly to the incident, and that cameral repairs
and replacements were in progress. A new survery a few days later
showed that only seven cameras were still inoperative. Jeogre Faerman
of our management company confirmed that security questions were
being addressed, saying:
A company is in our employ to service our closed circuit monitors
and cameras, throughout the complex. We are presently experiencing
problems with some cameras and are awaiting information prior
to conducting repairs or replacement. Some problems may be attributed
to damaged traveling cables secured under the elevators. An inspection
is being coordinated with the elevator service company. We will
be working towards identifying camera locations and security concerns
on a master plan for all buildings. We hope this process will
enable us to better our efforts.
We intend on implementing a system whereby the Security Supervisor
performs visual inspections of all monitors (all buildings) and
doors to identify existing problems at the start of each shift.
This will enable us to respond more promptly and minimize “down”
time of repairs.
Mr. Faerman's prompt response to these issues — and to our
inquiry — is greatly appreciated. We'll keep you posted.