While many people associate home security systems and devices with residential homes, people who live in condos and apartments have as great a need for these services. In fact, it could be argued that their security risks are greater.
People living in condos and apartments are often living alone. In addition, because they live in close proximity to a lot of other people, their habits can be easily monitored by those who live around them.
Just because you aren’t ten years old anymore, it’s still important to practice safety habits in your apartment or condo. Here are three suggestions:
Secure your windows and doors
According to the FBI, summertime is a thief’s favorite season; residents leave their screen doors and windows open, practically beckoning thieves to enter.
If it’s warm and you really need a breeze, use window security devices such as a sliding window bar lock. This device will enable you to open your window while still maintaining security because of the anti-lift out bar.
In addition, for your sliding door, you can use a sliding door lock or security bar. One end of the rod gets screwed into the sliding door frame, and a small hook gets screwed into the frame of the slider. With the security bar in place, the door will not be able to be opened.
For your front door, be sure to have a secondary lock installed that is only accessible from inside your apartment or condo. This ensures that no one, not even your apartment manager, can access your apartment when you aren’t home.
Consider a security system
Even though you’re renting your apartment or condo, and obviously don’t want to invest in an expensive home security system, there are alarm systems designed exclusively for apartments and condos.
A wireless home security system is a great choice for apartments and condos because you avoid the hassle of breaking through walls and tearing up carpets to install the system. In addition, wireless systems are portable, so you can easily take it with you to your next apartment.
A standard wireless system is just as secure as a hard-wired system. It includes keypads, motion sensors, and window and door contacts. The only major difference is that a wireless system requires frequent tests to ensure that the lithium battery is working at full strength.
Report suspicious behavior
If your apartment complex is the type where hundreds of people come and go through a single exit and entrance, try to differentiate between who is a visitor and who is a resident. Burglars get away with apartment robberies more because residents can’t identify them.
Building managers have only so many eyes and ears. If you see something, say something. If robberies are a real issue in your complex, it’s not a bad idea to start a petition to management to hire a security guard that stays in the lobby. If your apartment complex is large, a guard’s salary could feasibly be divided amongst you.
Your safety is your responsibility. Taking the time to research security systems or purchase devices like window and door locks will ensure that you are safe. You don’t want to wait until you are burglarized to upgrade your security.