HOAs should do research before starting a "watch" group

05/28/2013 | Charlotte Observer (N.C.), The

Neighborhood watch programs are widely believed to reduce crime and strengthen communities, but before an HOA creates such an organization, it should explore potential liability issues, writes attorney Kimberly Sullivan. Examine governing documents to determine whether the HOA has the authority to form such a group, review the insurance policy for items related to a neighborhood watch group, and, if a watch is implemented, conduct regular training sessions for volunteers.

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