Apartments are some of the most popular places to live. Buying the right apartment in the right place at the right time can be just as good, if not better than owning a house. Apartments also come with a variety of benefits over houses like not having any yard work to worry about and not necessarily being responsible for repairs that need to be completed. With all this in mind, people still need to be smart with their apartments. Just because you live on the 10th floor of a building next to an elderly woman doesn’t mean that security isn’t an issue. In fact, apartments are just as likely to be targeted for burglaries as homes are. Security is important regardless of where you live, and here at Keyed In LLC, we take security very seriously. Here are 5 reasons why apartment security is important.
Burglaries Are Just as Likely
Just because you are in an apartment, it does not mean you are safer than a homeowner from being burglarized. Most of the deciding factors that cause a criminal to choose your home to break into apply to apartments just as well as they do a house. The easy solution to this issue is for you to properly secure your home against potential burglars and make yourself less of a target. This includes proper locks, keeping valuables away from obvious view, and not posting heavily when you are away from home for an extended period of time. Follow these easy steps and your apartment’s security is sure to become instantly increased.
The Landlord is not responsible
In most cases, an apartment is taken care of by your landlord. They will take care of any repairs, concerns, and issues you have with the apartment in a timely manner. This does not mean they are responsible if your apartment is broken into though. Most of the time you will be on your own when it comes to being having goods stolen from your apartment. It is not the landlord's duty to replace those items. However, they will help repair any damages done to your place. They might even go the extra mile and help you secure your apartment to prevent any similar things from happening in the future.
Cost and Damages
Any crime committed has an expense attached to it. For example, a burglary on average costs a victim $2230 in damages and stolen goods. There is also added sentimental value. There is also the feeling of being unsafe in your home, which will leave you constantly feeling unsettled. Many studies have found that feeling unsafe for prolonged periods of time can lead to anxiety, depression, and increased anger toward strangers. Feeling safe is extremely important both physically and psychologically. Make sure you are taking the proper steps to keep your apartment safe to avoid these issues.
The Apartment Community
Living in an apartment building is very similar to living in a tight-knit community. You are far more likely to know your neighbor on a personal basis and what their life is like than if you lived in a house. You also will have to deal with the people living above and/or below you depending on where your apartment is located. Security isn’t just important to you but also important to the community as no one wants to live in an unsafe place. Be sure you get to know your neighbors and check in when anything seems suspicious. Also, consider forming a small neighborhood watch to check the place out regularly. A community that protects each other is a safe community.
Turn up the lights
Keeping your apartment and the entire complex brightly lit is extremely important to keep you and everyone safe. It comes as no surprise that anyone up to no good would prefer to be able to sneak around in the dark as opposed to moving someplace that is brightly lit. Keeping the lights on outside the complex at night is a perfect way to ward off suspicious intruders as well as keep them away from your comfortable home. Talk to your landlord and neighbors about the lighting around the complex, it could save you a world of trouble down the road.
Your home, whether it is a house or apartment, is important to you and should be protected at all times. You shouldn’t have to worry about something happening to your place whenever you go out to work, hang out with friends, run errands, or any other reason to not be at home. At Keyed In LLC, your security is our number one concern.
We offer everything from locks to security cameras to window bars and everything in between to help keep your property, whether that is an apartment complex or your business, safe and secure whether you are there or not. Call today to get an estimate and learn about our great deals. Don’t forget to look at our blogs for more tips to remain secure!