Whether you’re renting or have bought a home, it’s important to be aware of essential safety measures you should take. Since renters are one unit in a building of many, it doesn’t hurt to be vigilant and have precautions in place.
Apartment Safety Tips for Renters, Especially If You Live Alone
Renting an apartment can be a great way to save money and live in a convenient location. Before moving in, ask about the safety measures the building has taken and think about what you can do for your individual apartment too. Living alone can be a daunting experience, especially if you’re not used to it. If you’re ever feeling unsafe or uncomfortable in your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to your property management for help. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Make sure you know your neighbors and look out for each other. If you feel unsafe or see something strange going on in your building, then you can turn to your neighbors for help.
- Keep your apartment well-lit and make sure all of your entrances are well-secured. This includes windows and patio doors. If a lock isn’t working correctly, be sure to let your property office know.
- Be aware of who is coming and going from your building. This does not mean you have to watch the doors, but ask the office how they secure the building. Are the entrances secure? Are there security cameras? It all helps residents feel safe.
- Do not let anyone into your home that you don’t know or trust. A keyhole on the door helps assess who’s there and if you’re comfortable speaking to them.
- Have a safety plan in place in case of an emergency. Know where the nearest fire exits are and have a list of emergency contacts.
- Lock up after you leave. Even if you’re just taking the trash out, it’s good practice to lock the door behind you.
- Avoid using your balcony or patio for storage. They’re often targeted by burglars, especially if you’re on the lower floors.
- Close the blinds at night. To avoid people looking in and potentially cataloging your apartment as a target, don’t give them the opportunity.
- Buy a door stopper. There are certain products on the market specific to renters who may not be able to install additional locks.
Following these safety tips can help reduce the risk of crime and accidents in your rented apartment. By being aware of your surroundings and taking precautions, you can feel safe and comfortable in your new home.
Additional Safety Precautions When on Vacation
When you’re not home, your apartment is vulnerable to burglars and other criminals. Here are a few tips to help keep your place safe when you’re not there.
- Install a security system. A security system can help deter burglars and notify you if someone is attempting to break into your home. This can be done through a camera on the door or having cameras inside the apartment. Luckily, there’s a lot of options on the market for renters.
- Hide your valuables. Don’t leave valuable items out in plain sight where thieves can see them. Instead, hide them in a safe place or put them away in storage.
- Ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your house while you’re away. If you have someone keeping an eye on your house, it will be less likely that burglars will attempt to rob it.
- Set timers for your lights. If your lamps continue to turn on, even when you’re not there, it will look like someone’s still home and deter criminals.
By following these tips, you can help keep your home safe even when you’re not there!
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