Though they may seem like remarkably similar processes, there exists a host of differences between securing a home and securing an apartment or condo unit. For one thing, when securing a home, you, the homeowner, are directly responsible for making sure that all of your bases are covered. In an apartment, the lines of responsibility are often less clearly defined. Securing an apartment with home alarm products doesn’t have to be a daunting task, though. Make sure you consider the following in order to keep your unit as safe as possible for the duration of your lease.

Levels

One of the most important factors to consider when making apartment security decisions is which floor your unit occupies. It may seem obvious, but you don’t want to overlook this. If you’re on the first floor of a multi-story apartment building, then your unit is naturally going to be more susceptible to invasion or burglary from the street. If this is the case, then you’re going to want to ensure that all potential points of entry are closely monitored. Try using our Door and Window Sensors; these devices will signal your control panel when any of the magnetic fields extending from them are broken by a door or window opening. Also, they’re completely wireless, so you won’t have to deal with unsightly cords being strung throughout your apartment.

Doors

Regardless of what floor your apartment is located on, your building most likely has at least two external facing doors that people cross through to gain entrance to the main halls. There are a few things to consider here, not the least of which is the locking mechanisms included on these external doors. If the locks on these doors are cut to match the same pattern as the key to your individual unit, then you’ll want to ensure that you add a new lock  to prevent previous tenants from getting in. Our Z-Wave Door Lock provides three possible ways to unlock your door: a traditional key, a code or through an application on your mobile device. Make sure you discuss this with your landlord prior to installing the lock.

Communal Security

It’s worth looking into the dynamics of communal security in your apartment building prior to moving in. Not only can it become a selling point for either landlord or tenant (depending on the adequacy of the system, if any), but it can give you a strong impression of whether or not you’d like to live there. If there isn’t already a security in system in place, then consider discussing one with the landlord or property manager and the other tenants in the complex. Illustrate to the other members of your community that you all share several entrances and exits to the building, and that one of the best ways to protect the common spaces would be to invest in a home security system for the building. Be sure to check out our full line of products and monitoring services for the best possible coverage.