Thinking of moving into a new apartment? As you may already know, an apartment is only a fraction of the living picture. You’re joining a whole new community and a neighborhood. Safety concerns are usually last in our priorities because so many other things come in the way such as contracts, policies, actually moving in and more. We’ve listed 5 apartment security tips to guide you if and when you move in.
1. Get to Know Your Neighbors
Regardless of the situation, getting to know your neighbors is something you should do (and want to do) anyway. Use your community-based living to your advantage. If anything unusual occurs in or around the apartment complex, you’re more likely to be “in the know” if you actually know your neighbors. You never know when you’ll need ’em.
2. Research Local Crime
This is usually the thing to do before you move into an apartment but who says you can’t do it while you’re already living in it? This tactic is actually the most common when it comes to apartment security. Check the local crime data in your vicinity. Websites such as CrimeReports.com, SpotCrime.com, MyLocalCrime.com are useful for adding on to your awareness of the area.
3. Look Into Renters Insurance
We actually have an article that fully describes renters insurance. When you purchase renters insurance, you receive protection over the value of your possessions in case of theft or disaster. Landlords usually have an insurance policy on the apartment, but their type of insurance only cover the building you live in, not your personal items. Renters insurance can also protect you in case of a liability lawsuit, you won’t need to worry about spending on replacement costs in case you’re at fault of somebody else’s property damage.
4. Bolster Your Sliding Doors
Chances are, that most of us who live in an apartment, still have to do this. Sliding doors can provide an intruder with a relatively easy and quiet entrance to your place. Many sliding doors have inadequate locks and come off their tracks easily. Really invest in securing your sliding doors by arming them with an inside bar lock or a pole on the track.
5. Buy More Locks and did I Say…Locks?
Consider adding a deadbolt and/or chain lock for your door. A deadbolt is more secure than a standard doorknob lock because it only opens by rotating the lock cylinder. A chain lock is also something worth looking into because it provides an extra layer of security when opening your door. This allows you to open your door a little when talking to a stranger before opening it completely.
This may seem like extra work, but the extra work is worth it if it’s going to save you even more work later. Never underestimate the “what ifs”, this type of thinking will go a long way especially when it comes to apartment security. Have you tried any of these tips? If so, how did it go? Do you have any other tips in mind? Don’t be afraid to share below and leave a comment, we’d love to hear your thoughts.
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