Staying in an apartment, especially if you’re living alone, can sometimes feel scary. There are a lot of people moving through the complex, in and out, at all hours of the day and night. Being on the ground floor adds to this security concern, since your windows are all considered access points into your home. Burglaries are the most common threat to an apartment; these are non-confrontational crimes that are usually committed when you are out of the apartment. Taking appropriate steps to securing your apartment can prevent burglars from even considering you a target, giving your peace of mind and sound sleep at night.
First, we will quickly go over basic security practices that should hopefully already be covered in your apartment and your day to day.
- Always lock your doors! It doesn’t matter if you’re going out for 5 minutes or 5 hours; get into a good habit of always taking your key with you and locking your door whenever you go in or out of your house.
- Use deadbolts. When you’re ready to settle in for the night, and you know no one will be coming in or out of the apartment anymore, deadbolt the doors. Deadbolts can’t be picked, and it’s always good to have a back up.
- Lock and secure your windows. On top of locking your windows, it is even better to install a security bar (made of wood or metal) that goes across one of the panes so that it will not slide open. This is especially important for sliding glass doors.
- Put drapes over your windows. You don’t want anyone to be eyeing you or your belongings when passing by.
Going beyond the basics is what will really ensure that your home and your safety remains unbreached. Installing a security system and being smart in not providing any opportunities for anyone to snoop around and break in is what’s going to set you apart from other potential targets.
- Light timers show occupancy. Using Z-wave appliance controllers can make your home look occupied by one or more people during the night, even when you’re away.
- Security system warning signs. Putting a decal of the security system you have on your window, this should instantly deter any burglar eyeing your apartment. It’s not worth the risk to them.
- Arm your security system. Be consistent in this practice. Make sure the siren will go off if anyone accesses your doors or windows without your permission.
- Be a good neighbor. Get to know your neighbors well and build trust with them. You don’t have to be best friends with them, but it’s good to have extra sets of eyes and ears that will connect strange incidents around your apartment with your safety. Let them know you will be on the lookout for them as well.
If you know anyone living in an apartment, living alone, or living on the ground floor, send this to them so that we can keep our communities safe.