Every place of residence needs to be safe and secure. No matter if you live in a home, apartment, or condo. Many people assume incorrectly that apartment’s either don’t need home security—or that home security isn’t possible in apartments because landlord’s don’t allow wires and installations.
These two assumptions are wrong. Not only do apartments indeed need home security, but thanks to modern, DIY home security technology, you can install a wireless home security system in your apartment that doesn’t need screws, wires, or any equipment that imposes on building structure. This system will also be able to move simply and easily whenever you relocate to a new property.
Equipping the Apartment with Security
To properly arm an apartment with home security, owners need to begin by identifying their needs:
- What size is the apartment?
- Is the home on the first floor?
- How many doors or windows does the apartment have?
- Does the home have a balcony or sliding back door that might be vulnerable?
Depending on the part of the country that you live in, apartments may also need other sensors—including fire, flood, disaster, glass break and others. Glass break sensors are a great option for people who live on the first floor of a building and are more vulnerable to a break-in via a broken window or glass door.
Once you’ve determined your needs in the apartment, installing home security is as simple as obtaining a home security system, then following installation directions.
Security panels, the main hub of a system, can often be left on a table or in a closet to be hidden. You’ll then set up sensors using their magnet strips and Velcro, and a few products will need to be plugged in to an outlet.
Thieves commonly pick front doors, windows, and back doors (sliding back doors) to break in. These areas need to be secured the most, especially sliding back doors that give balcony access to a home.
Packages are wireless and DIY. You can mix and match equipment to fit your needs, and since packages are DIY, they move with you whenever the system moves
Don’t Forget the Home Security Basics
According to the National Crime Prevention (NCPC), apartment owners are 85% more likely to be broken into than homeowners. Crime Doctor even reports that 30% of break-ins happen via a door or window.
With such alarming stats, it’s important to remember the tried and true methods that keep a home secure. This includes security equipment, locking doors and windows, but also building and maintaining relationships with neighbors and apartment management. They are some of the most valuable resources to a secure home. Neighbors can be the eyes and ears for your apartment, and you for theirs, especially when you are away or out of town.
If you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, always report it. Ask your landlord or APT managers about the policy they have in place for key control, and if they alert people before sending maintenance workers into apartments.
Burglars will look to break-into apartments that have easy access, plenty of cover, and quick escape routes. Consider these variables if you are moving into a new apartment complex.
Remember other simple safety measures, like locking the door to your lobby, apartment, and the garage when entering and exiting. Don’t allow people that you don’t know, or who don’t have access to enter the building. Always keep an eye out for things that are out of the ordinary.
Find out what the laws in your city and state are regarding your rights as a tenant. How much responsibility does the landlord have when it comes to keeping you protected? You can even ask the landlord if you see a weakness in your apartment or building and think it needs extra tools. There is no guarantee that your request will be accepted, but it’s worth the ask.