Apartment security is a topic you don't see discussed very often, but it's a very important one. It can often be tempting to think that because there are so many people around, a criminal wouldn't dare target your apartment. Unfortunately this just isn't true and opportunistic burglars will happily target an apartment if they think they can get away with it.
In many ways apartment security is similar to home security but there are a few differences, so here are a few security tips tailored towards apartments.
How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?
In an apartment living situation knowing your neighbors can be a great way to discourage potential burglars. Burglars will often case out a building well in advance of the actual crime trying to determine who is the easiest target and the less notable you are in your community the easier a target you are.
Your neighbors can help you out by notifying you of any suspicious behavior or keeping an eye on your apartment while you're out of town and in return you can do the same for them, leading to a safer living situation for everyone.
Are Your Doors and Windows Secure?
In an apartment there are typically fewer points-of-entry for a would be burglar, which is a great deterrent. It's still just as important to properly secure the entry points that are there, however. How far you want to go with this depends on your area but one thing that everyone should have, be they a homeowner or a renter, is a proper deadbolt for their door.
A strong deadbolt lock will prevent your average burglar from quickly breaking down your door and the longer it takes for them to find an entry point the more likely it is that they will be spotted or lose their nerve and give up. This is especially true in an apartment building where they can't afford to hang around too long or make too much noise.
What Kind of Security Does Your Complex Have?
Your landlord is required to maintain a certain standard of "livability" for your apartment and that can include security measures. The exact responsibilities a landlord has regarding this vary from state to state so it's important to talk to your landlord and do your own research into your apartment complex to find out what kind of security measures are in place.
Do you have flood lights? Is there a secure perimeter that keeps non-residents out? Are there security cameras and if so are they functional or just dummy cameras? Knowing the answers to these questions can help you determine the best course of action for maintaining and increasing the security of your apartment.
Is There a Security System Installed in Your Apartment?
Having a security system for the complex is one thing, but it's also important to have a proper security system for your individual apartment. In the past many security companies wouldn't bother with apartments because the installation process was too much trouble, but these days there are many easy to install wireless options.
At J&J security we bring together the latest technology and the brightest minds in home security to make your home a safe and comfortable place. Please contact us today for more apartment security tips and to check out some of our affordable security plans.