If you live in a city apartment, you’ll already be familiar with the idea that you have a different set of home security precuations and procedures to worry about. Although living in an apartment complex does offer some home security advantages from those who have their own homes, these advantages alone don’t make you immune to the threat of a home invasion.
Just as in the case of the homeowner, there’s some things you can and should do in order to ensure that your home security systems are kept in top shape and that your own personal home security is on total lock down.
What are a few things you as an apartment owner can do in order to make sure that your home is as safe as can possibly be?
Lock Doors – This should be as obvious as anything, but make sure that you lock your doors! As FBI statistics show, most home invasions occur as a result of a criminal walking right through an open front door. Double check every time you leave the apartment that the door is locked securely. Especially since those that live in an apartment have doors so close to one another, it isn’t hard to imagine a burglar waltzing down the halls and tugging on each door handle in order to check if it’s been locked up or not.
Get All Keys and Change Locks – If you’re newly moving into a new apartment, ask the former owners if they would be willing to turn over their keys to the apartment for you. Whether or not they do so, I would still advise making sure that the locks to the apartment are changed anyway.
If your landlord or property manager refuses to pay for it themselves, you should still take it upon yourself to change the locks. For your own peace of mind, having the locks changed will ensure that you and whoever lives there are the only ones with with access to the door.
Be a Friendly Neighbor – When living in close proximity to others, the issue of having to get along with those around you will inevitably arise. For some this is easy, while those with more unreasonable neighbors might find it quite a hassle. In any case, try to make a priority of at least getting along with and being somewhat close with your neighbors immediately around you.
Not only will this benefit you by having an air of mutual respect between your neighbors, hopefully leading to an easier day to day life for yourself, but you can count on your home security being better off. If everyone around you keeps an eye out for each other and makes sure that no one suspicious is hanging around where they shouldn’t be, everyone can benefit from increased peace of mind.
Wireless Security Camera System – Having some sort of wireless home security systems is essential to truly having a secure life in your apartment.
Even if you don’t want to have a full fledged security camera system which includes alarms and all the other bells and whistles available out there, a simple set of wireless security cameras can be set up (or even a single one) for a very low cost. Setting up one of these right in the entrance of your apartment is probably going to be more than you would even need, as there’s typically only one entry way into an apartment aside from a couple of windows, which of course should remain locked any time you aren’t at home or in that room.
Take heed of these simple home security tips for apartments and you should be well on your way to full peace of mind. Even though living in an apartment might be pretty different than an actual home, most of the same basic home security tips still apply. Keep doors locked, be a good neighbor, and set up some wireless home security cameras in order to ensure that your home is secure, and you shouldn’t have any issues!