Apartment living is a convenient and affordable option for many, especially for those that live in dense city’s. But while there are lots of positives when it comes to living in an apartment building or complex, there can be some concern that comes with sharing walls and living in close quarters to your neighbors.
Here at Twin City Security, we want you to feel safe and secure no matter where you choose to reside. Whether you live in a spaced-out neighborhood or prefer the cozy studio apartment style, you should be able to go about your daily life in peace. Here are a few tips on how to stay safe when living in an apartment complex:
Installing more than one type of door lock with help increase your home security. A deadbolt or chain lock are great additions to the regular lock your door is already equipped with. While you should make sure that your doors are locked when you are at home and gone, doors aren’t the only thing to lock! Windows and sliding porch doors should also be secured. Fitting a rod to the sliding glass door space will add an extra lock feature.
Investing in a security system can also help to provide additional peace of mind. There are many security systems that are able to be transferred from one residency to another which will help you save on costs over time. Having the ability to check your home security through an app is also now possible.
Meet the Neighbors
Meeting your neighbors will not only open the door for friends but also create a group of people who can look after one another. While some neighbors may be at work during the day others may be home to keep a lookout on the neighborhood. Knowing who lives nearby is also nice in case you are ever in need of a dog sitter or are simply searching for an extra hand.
Lots of apartment complexes and the parking decks that accompany them are equipped with safety measures such as security gates and video monitoring. It’s important to be aware of these features and use them to your advantage.
For example, if your complex parking lot has lighting and video cameras you can aim to park within sight of one of those and also be near your unit. Walking within the radius of the video camera and having your car parked in the same area will help to catch any possible break-ins or altercations.
Along with being careful where you walk and park, it is also good to be cautious when walking around your complex at night. Trying to visit the dog area or community laundry room during the day time is generally safer than going when it is dark and less crowded.
Apartment complex units and the vehicles you park outside are generally less protected than houses with a garage. While it may feel extreme, investing in a safe to keep high value or important documents in could be the difference between a break-in and keeping your valuables protected.
If you work in an industry where you have to transport high dollar items to and from the office, investing in a car lockbox is also a good idea.
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No matter where you live you should feel safe. Your home should be a comfortable environment that allows you to relax and unwind at the end of the day. At Twin City Security we are passionate about providing safety solutions for all. Along with serving the construction, academic, and medical areas, we have trained professionals that are able to inspect and protect residential complexes.