Neighbour hood Security Solution Ideas for Current Times – Zone (Logic, Creation, Execution And Maintenance)


When looking at securing a neighbour hood it would be most persons dream that none is necessary, however in the long run those whom have been at risk, had people at risk or naturally would want some measures in place.

Now all this is well and good. However reality will drive many behaviors and deliveries of that need or want. If improperly applied it could cause discomfort and even a hostile environment. Therefore is it best to apply logic and legal means.

One of those measures that should be adopted is measuring and defining zones of risks and vulnerabilities. The naming or grading conventions can differ from application to application, however it is best to be one measure adopted by one community that is common. Where in doubt then apply known standards.

Let’s take the above neighbourhood map as an example. It is located in a popular neighbourhood.  Profile of residence is middle to upper middle class based on the current measure of that classification. The risk profile is relatively high which can be determined by many factors such as income level, apathy, lack of knowledge of the neighbours (who they are, what they are, how many of them), a imagined level of wealth (based on cars, dressing and other factors), and much more.

Methods to address

With that in mind some of their thoughts around how to approach their potential risks are to have a few measures in place. And where these measures are placed will depend on their view on zoning their risks.

When zoning their risk profile, with an area that large it may be possibly impossible to agree on the methods and locations, however they do have options on how they address their zoning.

They could go with an overall tiered hierarchy zone, segregated zoning or isolated zoning.

But assume that they go with a tiered hierarchy zone these would be the zone profile suggestions.

Level Red Zone (1 or 5) (Priority Zone)

High Risk zone, normally the ingress and egress of any community as well as high population areas. Contrary to the thoughts that busy place will not have a high risk profile, facts have shown that these areas people tend to be a little distracted, hence the guard is lower. As such incidences do tend to occur there.

Level Orange Zone (2 or 4) (After urgent Zone)

Normally attentiveness to these zones could provide precursor information as to when a potential risk is about to happen. Especially when you adopt a Observe (Whats happening), Gather (evidence) and Act (based on facts) rather than illegal obstructions and actions.

Very useful to be designated as space or locations prior to ingress and egress to the neighbourhood. The space surrounding popular spots and outside risky space.

This will give lead up and lead out information to firm up the evidence towards an illegal actions or risk to the community. As such actions or requests for action from the relevant designated authorities or excercise of legal citizens rights is easier deployed with lower risk and higher success.

Level Yellow Zone(3 or 3) (The middle ground Zone)

Lower risk zones but can quickly escalate sections. Where opportunist may take a role of going with the flow of potential, either due to negligence or even plain apathy.

apathy (A good indicator to a neighbourhoods level of inclusion and getting along is by the level of cleanliness (garbage or leaves strewn all over is an indicator of low cooperation level hence high opportunity for theft/fire and other dangerous actions), Illegal extensions and blockages with barriers (more so if unmanned or automated without visual records and sensor triggers). These such areas will indicate that a reliance on outside help or hired help is as far as they will go. Hence you may safely create mischief and have low accountability.

Hence it is important that a neighbourhood follows the laws and indicates by its behavior and not by wanton disregard of the law with justification of self risk (especially with no data to back it up).

Level Green Zone (4 or 2) (The fringes of risk Zone)

Normally hardly anything happens if ever and most times it is totally devoid of real risks. The level of compliance by the residence is high in regards to law and neighborliness.

It is part of an extension between the important zones like red and yellow. Normally the continuity of a road,  a dead end road, and within the deep portion of the popular location but person could not do anything of importance without at least being observed or recorded that they were there hence a potential deviant.

This zone would be a nice to have coverage but cost and reach of resources could stretch it against the benefits of coverage.  Often forgotten segment till it ranks up when some events occur.

Level Blue Zone (5 or 1) Nice to cover but is covered at a distance without high visibility by other zones

This zone is the completion zone. It is where if put in place gives total coverage as well as multi angle/track view of the location to be secured. When this level of zones are achieved very little is missed in the neighbourhood.


Now this is another element of our safer neighbourhood in an open concept article. It is not said that risk will be eliminated. But if more measures are understood, developed and deployed with knowledge, open neighbourhood could become safer than locked down neighbourhoods. And it definately will increase the inclusiveness of the residents within the community.

Create friends not animosity within your neighbourhood.

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Neighbour hood Security Solution Ideas for Current Times – What can be done

To go forward with bettering your neighbourhood and its security it has to be more than just robbery but also any loss due to fire and the need for quick unobstructed access of ambulances, fire engines and police response vehicles.

So how will you go about creating that?

Going with the three intertwined sections of :

  1. Tools
  2. Monitoring
  3. Response

We will approach with a list of items that we can adapt and adopt to prepare for the improvement of the above 3 sections ability to deliver safer neighbourhoods.

The list which is not solely limited to the items listed are:

  1. Creating Zones
  2. Tools (Fixed and Mobile. Making them feature rich.)
  3. Inventory (Quantity, placement, lifespan, lifecycle)
  4. Strategies on Coverage Extension
  5. Strategies on Funding.
  6. Strategies on Work Force.
  7. Strategies on Process and Accountability.
  8. Strategies on other tools and the extension of those tools in terms of availability and accountability.
  9. Legal awareness.
  10. Training
  11. Last but not least the translation from strategies to working implemented activities.

In the following articles we will approach these topics in better detail and at times in brief to get you started on making your neighbour hood safer without antagonising your neighbours. Allowing at all time for those whom are driven, those whom wish to be left alone, those whom want safety but not willing to pay, want safety and willing to get involved all to coexist in the community, be it a closed community that has strata status right to open communities with individual titles.

Do not break the law to achieve what you call safety. You are only creating opportunity for the law breakers to proliferate.

Neighbour hood Security Solution Ideas for Current Times

Observe, Gather then Act 

Malaysia has many types of neighbourhoods to cater to the different styles of living from Kampung (Everyone is a friend) to Isolation(Everyone minds their business).

From Open Concept to Close Concepts (Gated, Gated and Guarded). Lateral living to vertical living. Even with these, there are many hybrids of those possibilities.

Generally most of our neighbourhoods were lateral in nature and security was provided for by the government via its police, medical and fire services by default.

There was once a community policing based on the Rukun Tetangga system. The options have now grown to paid private security.

An interesting thing in the general lateral community is that the roads and other facilities other than the actual house, is still a public domain. Security that is manned by foreign staffs has no use/function beyond observation (Jaga Mode). They are not allowed to perform a citizens arrest as in the case of locally staffed security services.

Security In Your Neighbourhood
Keeping it legalWhat Kind of dwelling do you live in

In choosing your security it depends on the neighbour hood the type of dwelling and the legal limitations that are in place.

In most circumstances anything within your purchased premise of choice or model gives you the most liberal of choices of security measures you may employ short of lethal weapons.

You may lock with as many locks. Only legal limitation may be the fire safety laws which with some compliance can still provide you the level you desire.

You may have as many guards with the legal licencing or without depending on the duties you deploy them for.

You may have as many grills or security doors as you desire in what ever grade and manner as you prefer. Once again only fire safety may require to guide how you deploy them and to the extent you deploy them.

Technology tools like burglar alarms, cctvs, electric fencing, and more.

Monitoring and response solutions. Individually managed or commercially assisted solutions. If it is solely for your purpose and the property that you own, the measures that you can deploy are normally more permissive providing you do not encroach on the liberties of others in your ommunity.

The amount of regulation applied on you will depend on your dependency and density of your surrounding location.

Example if you were an orchard in the wild where you hold the lease (termed or open) directly with the authorities (government) you could probably build a fort with all kinds of security measures employed.

However on another example where you have a strata ownership such as in multi storey buildings, some gated and guarded communities, you may have more restrictions and demands on you to participate. You licence to be creative may be severely limited. However some level of min guarantee is there to secure some of your needs and the rest can be negotiated for collective participation and deployment.

But in similar build ups where you have individual full titles which have no caveats for participation beyond standard municipal and governmental laws your creative licence for putting in place a solution suitable to your needs may be close to the orchard owner.

Security In Your Neighbourhood
Keeping it legal Understanding the security available

In neighbourhoods and communities that we have there already is a system of security deployed and made available from the government downwards applied to the appropriate areas.

They are funding generally from tax paying people and the natural resource funds that are available within a country.

Then there are individuals that either by designs of the government or in a private capacity that secure dedicated security services and measures.

Next there are communities with the relevant limited deployment security solutions in their communities. The most common as multi storey buildings for dwelling or commercial purposes.

Then there is the exclusive communities they too have controls in place but more lavishly provided as their deployment is limited and impact on surrounding community minimal. Less interference or hindrance to the general flow of everyday life.

Over the last decade or so with the middle class community growing due to effective education and opportunities, the crime level has also increased in proportion. Possible still in the same amount in percentage but the known level does seem to cause concerns to the communities in general. As such many have now opted for gated and guarded communities.

There are also a growing number of individuals in communities that are built on an open concept working at closing the access to people in general towards a closed community concept that was approved in a limited basis. There are also many more whom are doing without approvals on the basis “ITS OK TO BREAK THE LAW concept.”

And most deployments are built on the fears of the end users, rather than the facts or realities. This is normally good for the commercial provider and not always good for the end user (normally the community).

Many other statements of prevention rather than actual solution are also bandied around for the purpose of justifying the actions, which in their own are no better than the law breakers that they are attempting to protect themselves from.

In closed communities such as those with strata titles, the approvals on the closed communities have many considerations further than the fears of the community.

There are safety, maintenance, financial opportunity requirements (If a single person or groups of persons limit people in general from the benefits of possible benefits of a space, facility for their own exclusive benefits then a fee should be charged to be returned to the community via mediums or representative that are common greater than their immediate community. (area, municipality, state, country). This could be in a form of rental or taxes.

The removal of common benefits such as road maintenance, lights, drainage, sewerage, foliages, parks and more than normally come from common or central funding. And a requirement to pay for those services if they continue or have potential to benefit from common deployment or to secure alternative services to serve those functions. By doing so the revenues or budgets redeployed for common use can benefit the people in common rather than a specific community alone.

A Sample Of a Community within Malaysia. 

This is a lateral community with full titles (either leased hold or free hold). Some have strata titles where a community is based on a full Gated and Guarded Scheme where for legal ease the title is kept as a master title with “Subtitles” in the manner of strata titles are distributed to the group of stake holders for their individual ownership of the relevant properties.

As in the next couple of installments one topic will be zoning and the appropriate application of solutions and the suggestions on funding those solutions.

Security In Your Neighbourhood
Keeping it legalA brief picture of the security providers

The above is a brief view of the parties that provide our nation different levels of security.

Now this is not a comprehensive view of what is contained within our nation, but it gives you a simplified view of the main components. The articles that will follow in the coming weeks and months will have more elaborate information but not necessarily complete or totally comprehensive. Also to note the may be historical parties that have evolved and as things are of a moving target, the current at time written information may evolve further to contain newer activities and parties relevant to the times in question.

Again “A Nations Security and Well Being should be in the hands of its citizens and not foreigners.”

Security In Your Neighbourhood
Keeping it legalSecurity is not only…

Prevention against violence

But also on…

Loss by theft, fire or damage
Against fear
Help on health issues

And More…

Security In Your Neighbourhood
Keeping it legalAll Providers work with these in mind

When putting together security for your community. Ensure that it covers the three main entities. There are definitely more to consider and they can be categoriesed differently. But this is the start to your considerations.

To close the article for the moment, till the next installment. Keep in mind our suggestion…

Observe, Gather and Act.