G4S protects gated Florida community

Company plays an intrinsic role at Addison Reserve

In the early 1920s, architect Addison Mizner envisioned Florida's Palm Beach as the perfect place to realize his vision that “the intersection of man and nature can benefit the former without harming the latter.” Decades later, in the late 1990s, development of the Addison Reserve community was inspired by Mizner's vision, featuring Mediterranean architecture that evokes “Old Florida” charm highlighted alongside the state's natural beauty including towering palms, stately oaks, flowering foliage and exotic grasses.

Security is a high priority at Addison Reserve, a member owned and operated community in Delray Beach, Florida, featuring first-class amenities and 717 luxury single-family homes situated on 653 meticulously landscaped acres. To paraphrase Addison Mizner, the intersection of security and lifestyle at the high-end community needs to benefit the former without harming the latter.

Addison Reserve residents value security and privacy. , Volunteers who are part of the homeowners’ association understand neighborhood expectations, needs and operational requirements are paramount to providing effective security. So it’s no surprise that security officers have become an intrinsic part of the community. The job requires sensitivity to privacy, the family home and neighborhood property. In addition to providing protection, security officers often have to serve as ambassadors to visitors and residents.

“Our challenge is to provide security without being intrusive, allowing residents and their guests to enjoy an elegant Florida lifestyle without feeling overly guarded,” said Ron Davis, President, Addison Reserve Master Property Owners Association. “Our vision has always been to develop effective safety and security programs, yet support our community atmosphere.”

A Range of Security Services

Members began arriving at Addison Reserve in 1996, and in May 2002, the community became owned and operated by members. Since the beginning, G4S Secure Solutions has provided a range of safety and security programs for the Addison Reserve community, including a combination of manpower, technology and innovation.

G4S security officers greet residents and guests at the gatehouses and serve as “ambassadors” to the community. Behind the scenes, and perhaps not as apparent to community residents, security officers also operate software called the G4S Visitor Control System (VCS), providing functions such as visitor access control, a detailed visitor and vehicle database and information on banned visitors. The system also handles incident management, facility inspection, ticketing and detailed reporting.

Security gates are manned 24-hours a day, and armed patrols and state-of-the-art perimeter monitoring foil intruders and ensure residents' peace of mind. Each resident has the benefit of a centrally monitored alarm system, on-site security and medical response assistance.

Addison Reserve needed perimeter security; however, the community, which is steeped in Mizner-style architecture and grand landscaped vistas, did not want a traditional security fence. Instead, G4S uses a wireless, solar-powered, infrared beam fencing system linked into the community's visitor control system.

G4S Custom Protection Officer personnel inside Addison Reserve are armed and provide a variety of services such as gate access, guarding community assets, traffic assistance, parking enforcement and alarm monitoring.

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