Most home security tips focus on the minority of Americans who live in single family homes, but 63 percent of Americans live in apartments – and they need security, too! National Home Safety Month is important for apartment renters and owners, because everything from kitchen fires to carbon monoxide affects those who dwell in non-single-family homes.
The city life offers its residents a constant pulse of creativity, energy and excitement. But, with that bustle and exhilaration comes a high number of people living in close proximity, often in a multi-unit building. According to a National Crime Prevention Council study, apartment residents are 85 percent more likely to be burglarized than those living in other types of housing and condo owners are nearly 25 percent more likely.
Here are some security tips to offer your urban clients who are looking to purchase in a multi-unit building.
- Secure all points of entry and items you own and store outside.
- Lock all the windows. Often being on a high floor lures people into a false sense of security. Intruders can access higher-level apartments because of fire escapes, ladders, and possibly even from another balcony.
- Always dead bolt the front door. Many apartment dwellers feel that because their front door opens to an interior hallway they don’t need to deadbolt or lock their doors. This provides easy access to criminals who can easily break in via a door lock.
- Check the door’s quality to make sure it can’t be kicked down. A sturdy door should be solid wood or metal.
- Put locks on outdoor furniture, grills, bikes and other items that maybe accessible to thieves on decks and patios.
Give the impression of habitation when you leave:
- Keep the television or radio on when you leave, to make it sound like someone is home.
- Keep the shades down and use light timers when you are out for the evening or out of town
- If you are leaving for an extended period of time, ask someone you know to pick up your mail for you or put a hold on its delivery
- If you live alone, consider adding an additional name aside from yours on your mailbox to give the appearance that more people reside in the unit.
Stay informed and aware:
- Look up crime rates and the location of any sex offenders around your apartment to keep yourself informed.
- Meet your neighbors and join a condo association board, if available. Your neighbors will be able to help recognize signs of suspicious behavior.
- Keep track of everyone who could have a key to your unit. As a rule, you should always change the locks when you move in.
The tips above will help lower the likelihood of your apartment or condo falling victim to criminal activity, but nothing helps more than having a security system in your apartment or condo.
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