Home Security Tips For Apartments And Condos
by SSF | Last Updated Apr. 2nd, 2012
We’ve all heard the horror stories on the news. People being followed into elevators and stairwells. Getting robbed , set afire, or worse. Even elderly men and women are being targeted by heartless jerks purporting to be this or that.
I remember having the misfortune of serving on a grand jury panel once. It was my misfortune because after hearing about so many violent crimes for weeks on end, I became paranoid. Perpetrators lurked around every corner. Before doing something simple, like putting out the trash, I would crane my neck outside my apartment door, look all around, make a mad dash to the incinerator, and back again. Safe and sound behind my locked doors, I couldn’t help but laugh at myself.
If an alarm system is not an option, or your dog won’t bark, let alone bite then here are a few home security tips for your apartment or condo:
When moving into an new apartment or condo, as a precautionary measure, change all the door locks. Or, have the locksmith install an extra lock or deadbolt on each door. This will prevent access to your home by a prior tenant with copies of the old keys. Also, make sure all the window locks work. Unlike apartment renters, condo owners have a wide variety of locks they can choose from. So, whether you decide on traditional or hi-tech keyless locks, look for a reliable brand.
Do not leave home without locking your doors. Some people lock their doors and bedroom windows before leaving home. Balconies are fairly easy to break into. If your apartment or condo has a balcony, make sure it is securely locked with a metal rod or wooden stick placed in the runners.
Get To Know Your Neighbors
With so many people coming in and out of apartment buildings and condos, recognizing fellow tenants can be difficult. Getting to know your neighbors could to be beneficial in the long run. Neighbors that feel like they know you, will more than likely contact the authorities, if they see a stranger attemping to break into your place.
Do not list your full name on your mailbox or intercom directory. Especially, if you are a woman living alone. Use the initial in your first name and your last name, or just your last name.
Do not buzz someone in that you do not know. You could be letting a thief into the building.
Do not openly talk about the latest gadget or asset you have acquired. You never know who could be listening.
Do not open your door when someone knocks without knowing who is on the other side. Always look through the peephole. A repairman, electrician, plumber, etc. that unexpectedly shows up, should not be allowed entrance to your apartment. If they cannot prove their legitimacy, call the police. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Be aware of your surroundings.