As temperatures begin to rise and you’re excited for the warmer seasons ahead, it’s still a good idea to remain vigilant with your apartment security.
Here are some security tips to consider to help protect your apartment and valuables this spring and summer.
Use outdoor lighting and timers
Does your apartment come with an outdoor light? If so, you may want to consider turning it on each night. This lighting may help deter potential burglars from your place. Some apartment buildings also try to keep walkways, parking areas and courtyards well lit. If you notice a light is out, or there’s an area that may benefit from some additional lighting, notify your landlord right away. And, when you’re away from your apartment — particularly if you’re heading out of town for some time — consider installing timers to power a light or two, or a TV, to help give the appearance that someone is home.
Store important valuables in a safety deposit box
To help protect important documents like a Social Security card or precious jewelry like your grandmother’s pearl earrings, you may want to consider getting a safety deposit box at a local bank to give yourself another level of security in case of a potential burglary in your apartment.
Get to know your neighbors
To help report any suspicious activity around your apartment complex, it may help to get to know your neighbors a little bit. You may be able to watch out for one another and notice when someone or something is out of the ordinary.
Always lock doors and windows
Law enforcement experts say most burglaries are likely the result of unlocked doors and windows. If you’re running down to get the mail or up to the rooftop deck to enjoy a fresh breeze, the last thing you want is to return to your apartment to find your valuables have been stolen. Keep all doors and windows locked, and make sure there’s a security bar in sliding patio doors or windows. Work with your landlord or the apartment complex’s management company to make sure exterior doors and those to common areas, laundry rooms, etc., are also kept secure.
Be aware of ‘deception crimes’
Deception burglars are criminals who masquerade as contractors, utility workers, or some other type of professional repair people to take advantage of unsuspecting residents. Be cautious of anyone coming to your door asking to make repairs or requesting for access to your apartment for any reason. Request identification and call the company to get authorization before you ever consider allowing someone in. Workers offering special deals and bargains.
A bit of caution may go a long way in helping protect your place and all your stuff. But if you feel like you need additional advice, or some tips that are specific to your unit, considering speaking with your landlord or your apartment complex’s management company for more help.
Source: Insurance Information Institute