Your apartment may not be a castle, but you have the right to feel as safe as if it is. Taking the time to beef up your apartment security not only puts your mind at ease but can also help keep your loved ones and possessions safe. According to the FBI, the average dollar loss per burglary offense in 2018 was $2,799.
Can you afford to lose that kind of dough?
As a renter, you may think apartment security is out of your hands, but that’s definitely not the case. Check out these apartment security tips to add some extra layers of protection to your pad.
Before you move in
Take the time to carefully review the apartment building and overall property. What’s the lighting like? Do the walls have chipped paint? Is the general upkeep up to snuff?
Landlords and property managers who neglect to maintain the property may not be motivated to fix a broken window or change a defective lock. It’s also a good idea to visit the property with a friend at night to better understand the lighting situation.
While you’re moving in
Ask your landlord to replace the locks just in case the previous tenant made duplicate keys. You should also add a deadbolt lock (if the apartment doesn’t already have one) and install a smart device like a wireless video doorbell.
The FBI reports the number of burglaries dropped 11.9% from 2017 to 2018 and 44.2% when compared to 2009 data. Leading experts attribute the drop in crime to the wider use of smart home devices and wireless security systems.
After you’ve moved in
It may seem like a no-brainer, but keep your doors and windows locked anytime you leave your apartment. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors found 34% of burglars enter through the front door while 23% enter through a first-floor window.
Consider investing in plug-in light timers to make it seem like someone is home, and think twice about posting vacation pictures on social media or mentioning when you’re away. The U.S. Department of Justice claims 66% of burglary victims knew the perpetrator.
Applying these approaches to securing your apartment can help you have a little less worry and enjoy a lot more peace of mind.