Stena Property's long-term work garners results

MORE TENANTS FEEL SAFE IN TYNNERED

Central Tynnered in Gothenburg is classified by the police as a particularly vulnerable area, but the results of the latest survey among Stena's tenants in the area show that perceived security has increased significantly over the past year. The security index has increased from 58.2 percent to 80.2 percent in one year!

– I was so happy when I saw the result. We have worked intensively these past few years on measures to increase security for those who live with us, and we have worked with the attitude that this is possible. Tenants have also been involved and able to influence the actions we have taken, says Ann-Catrin Dryselius, Property Manager, Stena Property Gothenburg.

Stena Property has long worked with relationship management in Tynnered, but in the past year this work has intensified further.

– We have extended open hours at our field offices, we have contributed to more leisure activities for children and young people and our tenants are engaged as neighborhood watch.

INCREASED LIGHTING

After dialogue with the tenants, many physical measures in the outdoor environment and common areas have been undertaken.

– Outdoor lighting has been replaced and 90 new lighting points have been set up, and courtyards have been rebuilt, says Ann-Catrin Dryselius.

Even the stairwells of Stena Property’s 15 properties on Briljant- and Smaragdgatan have received increased lighting, and simultaneously been repainted with bright colors. Tenants have received security doors on their apartments and storage spaces, and new electronic access control and intercom systems have been installed at entryways and in public spaces like pram and bicycle rooms. 

– Previously, keys had been in circulation and unauthorized individuals have entered where they shouldn’t. The new access control system has helped minimize the problem, says Ann-Catrin Dryselius.

COLLABORATION FOR CONTINUED SECURITY

The result of the additional customer survey sent out to tenants on Briljant- and Smaragdgatan this year shows that security increased substantially in most categories like security and safety in the home, stairwells and courtyard. The perceived security of being out at night has increased by 26 percentage points.

– We as landlords are acting within a larger context. Our actions have weight, but we are not responsible for the whole of society’s development. Therefore, we have extensive relationships with the municipal district, other property owners, tenants’ associations and police.

CHANGE IS POSSIBLE

Police have classified parts of central Tynnered as particularly vulnerable, which means that the police increase their resources in the area to reduce criminals’ impact on the local community. In the police department’s report, presented in 2017, there were 23 vulnerable areas in Sweden. Briljant- and Smaragdgatan belong to one of the affected areas with 501 apartments. In total, Stena Property owns 1,506 apartments in the area.

– We work closely with Stena Property. From the police’s side, our work is to prevent people from experiencing violence where they live or go to school, as a first priority. With our security and crime prevention measures, we aim for central Tynnered to be written off as a particularly vulnerable area within a few years, says Linda Bergvall, municipal police officer for southern Gothenburg.

– Our improvements in the area show that change is possible, says Ann-Catrin Dryselius.

STENA PROPERTY BUILDS FOR THE FUTURE

Over the next few years, the apartments on Briljant- and Smaragdgatan will be modernised. The plumbing will be replaced, the bathrooms renovated and the ventilation systems improved for both a better climate and also lower energy consumption. The facades will be repainted and balcony railings changed to recreate the building’s original design. In addition, the land-
scaping around the properties will be refreshed. Stena Property also plans to build new apartments, a kindergarten and a nursing home which will be partly finished in time for the city’s 400-year anniversary.

We’re developing the area, because we believe in Tynnered.

FACTS
Central Tynnered is an area west of Gothenburg close to both the sea and the city. Approximately 16,000 people live in the area, primarily in apartment buildings where tenancy is most common.
The major property owners beyond Stena Property are the municipal companies Familjebostäder and Göteborgs stads Bostadsaktiebolag.
Stena Property has received MSEK 60 in grants from Boverket (the National Housing Board) for renovation and outdoor communal areas.
In Tynnered, Stena Property is actively working with relationship management. Stena Property contributes with leisure activities, family days and summer jobs in the district.
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