Break-ins can happen to anyone at any time. They often leave you and your family feeling angry, violated, confused, and worried. In 2016 alone, almost 8 million homes reported a property related crime. Apartments can be especially dangerous given the close proximity to many strangers. It is also tricky to secure an apartment when you don’t actually own the property. Here are some measures that you can take to help protect your peace-of-mind in your own apartment.
· Make a security checklist – Before signing your lease, make a checklist of necessary security features. Check things like window locks, a deadbolt, and locks on storage units or porches. Talk to your landlord about fixing or replaces anything that is not up to your standards.
· Get to know your neighbors – Become familiar with your surroundings. Get an idea of what neighbors look like so you can identify those that might be out of place. It is also good to have a neighbor that you can trust to keep an eye out for you.
· Add extra locks – If you are not comfortable with the level of security of your apartment, check with your landlord to see if they are okay with you installing additional locks on doors and windows.
· Install a security system – There are security systems made specifically for apartments that do not require drilling holes or damaging the property in any way. Most of these can be controlled easily from your phone or computer.
· Don’t leave valuables exposed – If you have any outdoor space, don’t leave valuables like bikes, grills, generators, or any other expensive items outside in clear view. These can easily be taken in a matter of seconds. Also, avoid leaving curtains open with expensive items easily visible.
· Make sure you have renters insurance – If you have a renters insurance policy and are the victim of a burglary, the policy can cover stolen items.
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