The Apartment Renter's Guide to Home Security
Safewise has many tips for staying safe in an apartment complex, which include:
- Research local crime: Check websites such as CrimeReports.com, CrimeMapping.com and SpotCrime.com to gather an idea of the potential community's crime history.
- Test lighting: Intruders prefer to sneak around in poorly-lit or dark areas. Check entrances, hallways, walkways, parking areas, elevators, stairways, mail area, and laundry rooms to make sure they have enough lighting at night.
- Check apartment entrances: When looking at apartments, consider the security of the building. Many times, an outside entry door will require a key, pass code, or buzz-in to access the hallways and doors of the actual apartments. This way, residents control who can approach their apartment door, reducing loitering, break-ins, and solicitors.
- Examine window locks: Good window locks keep intruders from gaining easy access to your residence. This is especially true for windows on the ground level. Treat windows as potential entry points, and make sure all window locks are working properly and cannot be manipulated from the outside.
- Get renters insurance: Renters insurance will protect the value of your possessions in the instance that they are stolen.
- Install a security system: According to Safewise, renters are more likely to experience a home invasion. Check into installation options.
Best Ways to Keep Your Apartment Safe
- Parking lots of apartment complexes should have as many lights as possible. If these are not working properly, notify maintenance that they need to be replaced.
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