HOA private security raid by IN State Police

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities What can go wrong when homeowners’ associations (HOAs) rely on private security guards to “police” their exclusive communities? How about an HOA private security raid by Indiana State Police? Earlier this month, Indiana’s Attorney General ordered an investigation of private security officers at Lakes of Four Seasons . LOFS is a gated community of 7,300 residents in Northwest Indiana. The private community, originally established in 1966, surrounds an 18-hole golf Continue ReadingHOA private security raid by IN State Police

Virginia family of shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit against HOA, Security company, and guard

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last week, attorney John R. Fletcher, Tavss Fletcher, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of The Estate of Jiansheng Chen. You may recall that Chen was fatally shot 5 times by a City Wide security guard, Jonathan Cromwell, on the night of January 26, 2017. Chen’s family says he was in his vehicle parked, playing Pokémon Go, on common property near the clubhouse of River Walk Association, when Continue ReadingVirginia family of shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit against HOA, Security company, and guard

HOAville embraces License Plate Reader cameras

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   In September 2018, the manufacturer of security cameras with license plate readers started promoting his startup business. At the time, I sounded the alarm about Flock Safety’s plan to market the cameras to HOAs. (Competitors are sure to follow) In that post, I addressed several potential problems with handing over license plate data to a handful of board members of HOA-governed communities. Now that the business is off Continue ReadingHOAville embraces License Plate Reader cameras

Privacy not guaranteed to HOA residents

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How much privacy are you willing to give up, in exchange for better security or more open access to HOA records? It’s an important question facing millions of residents of association-governed common interest communities. Today’s posts includes several important points for concerned homeowners and residents to consider. HOAs fighting crime Prevention of crime is one important issue for many private communities, especially if HOAs maintain private roads and gated entries. Continue ReadingPrivacy not guaranteed to HOA residents