1. Use High-Security Locks
An apartment usually has only one opening aside from the windows and that is the front door. It is important that these doors are properly guarded and that is why we suggest that you get some high security locks, the best ones that you can find on the market! However, be careful, don’t get a lock just because it is one that you have seen in a commercial, make sure it is actually a good lock. Make sure that you know if it is okay or not in your building to change the locks and try to get one that prevents lock bumping or picking.
The locks on your door may not be the best when you first move into your apartment, so changing them for more secure ones is a great idea.
Don’t just pick up a lock because you saw it on T.V.
Try for a lock that will not give to lock bumping or picking.
2. Secure The Windows
This may not apply to everyone because some people do not have fire escapes and their windows are on the twelfth floor. If however you live on the first floor and your windows face the street, it is a good idea to secure them. Investing in some shatterproof glass or even just getting some bars for your window can offer you a level of safety you didn’t have before. You can also invest in some window locks if you don’t already have some. If you do, stronger ones are an even better defense.
Not all apartments are vulnerable to window attacks, but the ones that are need to prepare themselves by investing in a sort of window protection like shatterproof glass, window bars, or strong window locks.
3. Strengthen Your Door
Having a strong lock is great, but it is possible, if your door is weak enough, for the thief to just kick the door right down and waltz on into your apartment. You and I both don’t want this to happen so make sure that it is okay with your building and get some new, stronger doors put in. You will be doing yourself a favor and it will definitely be easier to sleep at night knowing that your door is going to hurt the thief before they hurt the door. It will take more than just one kick to open the door and if you are home, they will take more than enough time for you to call the police before anything happens. In fact, the door may break before it even opens!
Always check with your apartment building first if it is okay to make changes before you do.
Get a strong solid door with at least three inch screws for the door hinges and strike plates.
4. Report Noticed Vulnerabilities
It is not only important to protect your door that leads into your apartment but it is also important to protect your entire apartment complex. This is because if the thief has a hard time getting into the complex altogether, then they won’t really be able to get to your apartment now will they? It is important that if you see that there are any vulnerable areas, like if the gate is malfunctioning or if a back entry lock is broken, you report it to the building supervisor to protect you and everyone else in the building.
Keeping an eye on your apartment building is a good way to stay safe. If you see vulnerable areas or if you notice something that seems a bit suspicious, don’t hesitate to report it to the building supervisor.
5. Proper Parking
Parking is hard enough as it is and it is sad that most buildings no longer offer sheltered parking and you need to park out on the street. This isn’t cool, but there are some steps that you can take to protect yourself from criminal activity when it comes to your car. For example, leaving a bag in the car, even if it is empty, may tempt a thief to break into your car just to check and see. Making sure that your car is locked is a good idea for staying safe. It is also good to make sure that you park in a well-lit area with high levels of foot traffic. If you have a motorcycle it can be harder to park, but still try to keep it in a lit area with foot traffic. If you have a bike, your best bet is to just bring it up into the apartment with you.
When you leave your car, make sure that you take everything with you and leave nothing behind.
Park in well-lit areas with heavy foot traffic.
Bring your bike upstairs with you.
6. Have A Conversation With Key Holders
Anyone that has the key to your apartment should be informed of the dangers that could happen if they were to lose or be irresponsible with the key you have given them. Make sure that the people you give your key to are people that you can trust and that you can trust to follow the rules you set for said key.
Make sure that only people you completely trust have access to the key.
Make sure that everyone that has a key knows and is willing to follow the rules you set for it.
7. Use a Residential Grade Safe
A safe is a great way to keep your valuables safe and it may even leave you with a better ability to sleep knowing that the things that matter to you are locked up. You may want to implement some crazy lasers and traps to protect your safe, but this may go against the building rules or the ones set by the property owner.
Having a safe is a great way to keep your valuables safe, but understand that having one in an apartment building may not allow you to add extra safety measures such as bolting it to the floor or placing it in a wall.
8. Installing an Alarm
Having an alarm installed is another great way to protect your property because depending on how loud it is (and it should be pretty loud) it should be able to easily alert someone that something is not right in your apartment. You should also do some research into your apartment and figure out if there are already some alarms in place. If there are, find out if they are monitored alarms. This type of alarm is important as it notifies all the right people that something is wrong and they need to hop to it.
If your building already has an alarm, find out if it is monitored or not. If you decide to get your own alarm installed, make sure that it is nice and loud so that if something goes awry, someone will definitely be alerted.
9. Effectively Placing Security Cameras
Security cameras are great and they are an excellent way to stay safe in you apartment building. It is important to note that the way you install your security cameras is important. If you have a security camera facing a wall… good luck. It is important to note that while a security camera may scare away a potential criminal, it isn’t there to prevent the criminal entirely; it is just there so that you have proof of incident. Always stay on top of your footage so that you have an idea what is going on in your home and you can figure out a place that may be vulnerable.
Security cameras are great but they are not meant to prevent burglaries, they are just there for documenting. Make sure that you security cameras are placed properly at places where it is most likely a thief will strike and make sure you always check your footage.
10. Utilizing Proper Lighting
Criminals like to hide in the dark. This is why it is important for you to have some lights going so that the thief believes there is someone home and active, making them second guess coming to your complex. If you plan on leaving the building, it may be a good idea to leave some lights on so that the thief still believes that someone is home. If you are thinking of getting motion sensors… Well, these aren’t really the most effective course of action for apartment buildings so… maybe think again.
Motion sensors aren’t the best idea for apartment safety, but proper lighting is. Keeping lights on when you leave can potentially deter a criminal from coming into your space.
11. Perform Regular Maintenance
Don’t allow your security systems to slacken and lose effectiveness because you do not maintain them! Stay on top of maintenance and make sure that they all are in working order and that you check on them regularly.
Don’t allow your security systems to slacken, stay on top of them for great security.
12. Safely See Who Is At Your Door
It is very important that you use your peephole; that is what it is there for. If you just go to your door and pull it open whenever it rings or whenever there is a knock, you are asking for trouble. Stay on guard and pay attention when you open your door.
Always pay attention and never just open your door because someone is there. Use your peephole or if you have an advanced doorbell, use that as well to have an idea of who is out there without putting yourself in danger.
How To Get The Security You Need
It is often difficult to get the security that you need by talking to the people in charge of the apartment building. They can be busy and just not have time to discuss the situation with you. You need to make sure that you have your case fully thought out in case they do agree to speak to you about the upgrades you would like to add to your apartment. Will you pay for the upgrades? Will you handle the work yourself? It is important to understand that there will probably be some negotiating involved but as long as you stay calm and you know what you are willing to negotiate and what you aren’t willing to, everything should hopefully work out in a way that leaves both parties happy.
Take your home security seriously and always make sure that you speak to whoever is in charge of your building before you go doing upgrade. Follow these steps if you can, stay safe, and pay attention.