where’s YOUR key?

Lemme tell you what I don’t understand.

My apartment building doesn’t require a key to get from the parking garage to the elevator. It requires a key to get from the elevator to the parking garage, the same one you use to open the garage door to drive your car in. Okay. That is weird; I would expect it to be the other way around, so that it’s the building that is secure from people coming in, instead of the parking garage being secure from people trying to go out. Fine.

Tonight, at about 12:30, ie half past midnight, I go from my car to the elevator, and when I open the door it hits a suitcase, frightening the life out of me. A family is waiting, with a large suitcase, to get into the parking garage. Am I missing something here? If they have a car, surely they have the entrance key? Guess not. I hope they didn’t miss their flight or anything waiting for me to happen along. This has happened before, people asking me to let them into the parking garage so they can access their car.

What else happens, is when I am driving my car in, some person will sneak in on foot, behind me, walking into the parking garage, instead of going in the front door. Yes, I feel secure. I wrote a letter to the building manager about it when I moved in cause I didn’t feel right about it. From time to time I still see people do this. I wonder if the family doesn’t have enough lobby entrance keys, so some family members enter through the parking garage car door.

Am I missing something? Is this normal apartment building stuff?

5 Comments so far

  1. abbas halai (unregistered) on September 26th, 2005 @ 4:12 pm

    i so feel your pain. watch for my upcoming post on stupid condo living rules in toronto.


  2. Stephen Jacobs (unregistered) on September 27th, 2005 @ 5:16 pm

    I live in the Twin Towers of East York…(You’d know if you saw them) and we have people sweet talking the security guards all the time to let them in but not so much sneaking in the garage. They have a camera there that is actually monitored. When they did notice people not using their ‘FOB’ a security guard was posted at every exit and entrance for awhile. Anyone caught would have their parking privledges revoked or would be removed if they didn’t live there.

    So wait, I guess I am saying that it does happen just depends on how the building responds.


  3. abbas halai (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 9:00 am

    so stephen, you’re saying that a place where i pay to live in, should have the right to remove my right to park? what sort of idiocy is that? rack another question up on condo living.


  4. lorraine (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 11:55 am

    abbas, I think what stephen’s building management is trying to do is deter EVERYONE from zooming in the garage, without using a card.

    Let’s say that someone sneaks in, with a valid parking spot, but doesn’t use their card or key. Looks like they’re sneaking in. If someone watches this, they might get the idea that they can just sneak in, and will try. If EVERYONE uses the card or key, then no one will get the bright idea to sneak in. Monkey see, monkey do.

    A fellow at my work said that in his building, the door closes so quickly after the car has entered the garage, that it almost takes the car antenna off as it closes. I think that’s the best deterrent for people sneaking in!

    What I try to do is slow down at the bottom of the ramp, to see if the door will close on the person sneaking in behind me, but… I think there are sensors to prevent that.


  5. Stephen Jacobs (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 2:43 pm

    Thanks Lorraine, that is what I believe they are trying to do and it was what I was trying to say. Abbas of course they should not take away your spot but really why are people going into their spots without using the card anyway. And that is just what Lorraine was talking about with this “What else happens, is when I am driving my car in, some person will sneak in on foot, behind me, walking into the parking garage, instead of going in the front door.”

    We also had that which is why I thought I would post what my building did in response to it. We also have to badge our way in from the parking lot..I have no idea why you would have to badge to get from the building itself to the parking garage, unless they had some fear of tenants breaking into forgotten unlocked cars? Still doesn’t make much sense to only have it THAT way though…



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