For a social butterfly, living in close proximity to a lot of other people is heaven. This is why apartment living has always appealed to me.
A huge privacy factor is taken away however, when living close to other people which can make this a double edge sword. There are many factors of this privacy like nights you tend to stay out with friends, when your boyfriend or girlfriend is there or away, whether or not you have pets, and your schedule is made more aware of by people of when you come and go.
Ten Ways to Stay Safe in an Apartment
It is then extra important that you take steps to protect yourself as well as your property. To make your apartment life a lot safer we have put together ten ways below:
- Scope the current tenants and surrounding neighborhoods to familiarize yourself with the area when choosing an apartment. For example, you may not necessarily want to shop or mingle in the nearby stores and neighborhoods, just because the apartment is next to a college.
- I know it can be an inconvenience to climb flights of stairs, but try to get an apartment on a floor other than the first floor. Because they are more easily accessible, ground level apartments are more likely to get broken into. Those stairs also offer a great workout!
- Report any problems immediately to management. Always make sure that all doors and windows have working locks. Other people may know of faulty entrances to your home since you are not likely the first person to live there.
- Know where the garbage goes and where to check your mail. Get familiar with the layout of your apartment complex. Someone could be hiding and waiting to attack in trees or shrubs, watch out for these areas that are secluded and often times poorly lit at night.
- While you’re away you may want to consider keeping an inside light or TV on to make people think someone is inside your home. Also, at night keep your porch light on.
- Besides yourself, find out exactly who has access to your apartment. Also find out who may enter your unit through management’s policy. Keeping a neat and tidy apartment will also help you be more likely to realize something’s wrong if someone enters your place and moves things around. You should leave immediately if you ever come home and something is wrong or out of place.
- Use a peep hole, and never open the door to strangers. If for some reason you must open a door, create a door stop with your foot by placing the heel of your foot on the floor, and the ball of your foot on the door at an angle. This will stop someone who tries to force their way in and allow you to lock the door.
- On your doors and windows use inexpensive alarms. Your intruder doesn’t know that these alarms don’t call or notify the police and they definitely get the attention of you neighbors
- Agree to keep watch out for a neighbor or two by exchanging information.
- Renters insurance is usually extremely cheap and can protect you from burglaries all the way to natural disasters. You can check with your auto insurance company to find out. Most apartments offer this as well.
While apartment living staying safe is a priority, and these are some ways you can accomplish this. Below is a package tailored just for you offered through Preferred Defense. This package is called Apartment Survival Kit by Safe Family Life. When it comes to securing your new abode, you will find an array of products that will be helpful.