For homeowners, it’s extremely important to keep your family and property safe from harm with a home security system; but why then would we not say the same thing about those living in an apartment?
Ultimately, if you’re living in an apartment, and want to keep it secure, you’re going to need to prepare differently than you would if you were living in a single family home.
Below are some tips to help you apply home security to your apartment.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
No matter how safe you believe your neighborhood to be, you should take notice of the activities happening outside your window. This means being aware of your neighbors and their guests. It’s important to regularly check local crime reports and the National Sex Offender Registry to see who might be living near you.
Familiarize Yourself with Your Neighbors
In an apartment building or complex, you live amongst a community and your neighbors are always close by. In an apartment building, privacy can be limited, loud or unusual noises will likely be heard by neighbors. Keep in touch with building associations or other groups of renters to be sure you’re all on the same page so that you can keep an eye on the building together.
Securing Your Doors and Windows
Securing your apartment means more than just locking your front door. It is important to secure all possible points of entry, including windows that may be accessible by fire escape. You can take your door and window security to the next level by installing additional safeguards.
If you have a sliding door, place a solid safety bar made of metal that will help prevent the door from opening. You can also install jimmy plates that will help prevent the sliding door from being lifted off its track. With windows, there are several second locks you can easily install to help make them more secure.
Also, don’t leave valuables on your porch, patio, or balcony that might attract a potential thief. Secure these items indoors or in a shed, as keeping them out of sight can help deter the temptations.
Using Security Systems
Many of the same security options available to homeowners are available to apartment renters. You can use cameras, motion detectors, and wireless security systems that don’t require drilling holes that might void a deposit. Best of all, many home security systems can be controlled using apps on a smartphone, tablet, or computer, so you can keep an eye on things in your home or apartment from wherever you are.
Ultimately, preparation is the best way to ensure your apartment is secure. Call Seacoast Security today to discuss your home security options at (800) 654-8800 or (207) 236-4876.
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