Gated community concept of housing has increasingly become a trend in the up-market niche in private housing development in Kenya. This has been aggravated by tremendous growing in demand due to the improvement of security due collective efforts by the residents and lifestyle changes in residential area. It is a great attraction especially for middle class people who buy property in urban areas. Real estate developers have put in place basic physical security structures such fence, gates, lighting and to some extent surveillance system. However most of the gated communities or nyumba kumi initiatives have remained at the initial level of security even though safety and security risks continue to change. For instance most of the houses do not have firefighting system which has seen many home owners loss their lifetime investment through fire.
Physical security structures should be supported by security programmes which should include awareness programmes, incident reporting systems, confidential reporting systems, emergency response plans, security risk analysis and resilience building programmes. Security survey which is generally a detailed on-site examination and analysis of a premises or operation to ascertain the effectiveness and condition of existing protective measures and activities, to identify exposures in relation to current and projected risk, to identify vulnerabilities, and to make appropriate recommendations to reduce risk is highly recommended at least once every year.
FEDAN comes in handy to offer the following solutions to address the safety and security needs of gated community:
a. Emergency Preparedness Planning.
b. Fire Safety Training to house managers (Nannies).
c. Supply of portable fire extinguishers.
d. Disaster and Emergency Training.
e. Inspection, Servicing and refilling of fire extinguishers.
f. Supply, installation and commissioning of fire suppression system.
g. Installation of fire alarm system.
h. Security Awareness Training.
i. Counter-terrorism Awareness Training.
j. Installation of anti-terrorism barriers.
k. Security Survey, Evaluation and Risk Analysis.
l. First Aid Training to house managers (Nannies).
m. Physical Security Design based on the threat – Design Basis Threat (DBT).
n. Conduct Emergency Drills.
o. We design and install integrated physical security which include perimeter fence, cctv surveillance, intruder detection and access control.
p. We offer remote facility surveillance through monitoring of cctv so that crimes can be prevented before they occur through early detection and activation of police.