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Let us start with the legal generality that the owner of the building does not insure the safety of the occupants. However, when a building does provide security, they are bound to do so in a non-negligent manner. Thus, it is possible that if they are not properly manning the cameras you could hold them liable for negligence in providing security.
As far as the ownership of the videos themselves, these belong to the building who is paying for the equipment and security, the association. If you are a shareholder
in the association, you are entitled to make a demand to see the property and records of the association, which is what you are doing in making the request to see the video. They are likely seeking to refuse to provide the video because it is evidence in a legal action for which they may be liable and as such they have a right to not allow shareholders to view the video.
However, the police can indeed get the video with a subpoena or warrant. You should be reporting these crimes against you to the police and the police will get the video. If you are choosing not to report to the police, then the association can make you file suit and get a subpoena because the videos really are evidence that they may be performing their security duty to you that they have undertaken in a negligent manner and they could be liable to you based on that negligence for any of your injury or damage (I know you do not want to hold them liable, but legally they are liable for any negligent provision of security).
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