Moving into your first apartment is exciting. For many, it will be the first time that you’re living independently from your parents. There is a lot to consider when you move: Rent, electricity, Internet, utilities, furniture – the list goes on and on. In the hustle and bustle, it is easy to overlook the importance of securing your apartment from possible dangers. Break-ins and burglary are the biggest threats facing renters and should be carefully guarded against. Here are a few ways you can defend your home from criminal intrusion:

Secure Your Door

The front door is the only access point to many apartments. As such, you will want to take care to ensure that it is secure. Anyone attempting to break into your apartment will likely focus their attention on getting through the door, so any extra attempts to reinforce it are worth the cost. First, your door should have a peephole that allows you to see who is on the other side. It is important not to neglect this important security measure as it is your first line of defense in protecting against strangers. Many renters that have a peephole don’t use it nearly enough. Whenever someone knocks on your door or rings the doorbell, be sure to do a quick visual check of their identity through the peephole. Do not open the door for anyone you don’t know and weren’t expecting.

In addition, the front door should have sufficient locks in place. This usually means one deadbolt, a lock on the knob and one that can only be unlocked from the inside such as a chain lock or latch lock. The more locks you have on your door, the more difficult it will be to get inside. This is one of the best methods of home security as burglars will likely bypass those apartments that are too difficult to infiltrate.

Install Surveillance Cams

A good security camera is necessary for keeping track of the goings-on inside your apartment. Depending on the size of your space, one camera may be sufficient. Be sure to get a camera that can be accessed remotely from your phone to keep tabs on your place while you are away.

Get a Home Security System

Many assume that home security systems are too costly an investment for a small apartment. That is certainly not the case. DIY systems don’t require any professional installation or electrical wiring and can go a long way protecting your valuables. Be sure to get a system that includes not only an alarm but also alarm monitoring. This added feature will notify the authorities when an alarm goes off in your apartment. That way the police can apprehend the criminals before they have a chance to get away. A DIY home security system is an extremely important addition to any new apartment.

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