Seniors who live in apartments or condominiums feel more secure when they have better control over their safety. There are numerous methods that will decrease chances of becoming victims of property crimes.
Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. The FBI’s preliminary figures show property crimes increased by 1.1 percent during the first half of 2012 when compared to 2011.
Another report from News Room America revealed the good news all three offenses had a decrease of 1.4 percent in the South. The fact still remains extra security measures are needed because criminals are getting bolder.
If your apartment or condo doesn’t have an alarm system, many excellent products are available. Door and window units are inexpensive and easily installed. Additionally, a variety of surveillance cameras can be mounted in strategic places, providing a 24/7 video of activity. Wireless home security systems offer outstanding coverage while being much easier to take if or when you move.
More layers of safety for renters and condo dwellers include basic, common sense actions. They’re categorized as “pre" and “post" move-in.
Prior to moving in, make sure the neighborhood is safe before signing any lease. Notice whether or not parking areas, laundry facilities, hallways, stairs, elevators, mail box areas, etc. are well lit around the clock.
Check the parking areas and main entrance to the building for a security feature that uses a code or an illegal to copy key. If these things are not present, you’ll need to add more layers of protection to your unit.
Once you’ve moved in, ask the management to change all the locks to your unit. If they won’t, get permission to do it yourself. Keep all windows and doors shut and locked. Sliding glass doors need a sturdy rod placed in the inside tracks to prohibit opening the door without its removal.
Getting to know your neighbors enables you to detect strangers. Always use the peephole before opening your door for anyone. Demand identification from all service and delivery people, even if they’re in uniform. Mark your mailbox with only your last name (or add a first initial.) Renter’s insurance is a necessity.
Being secure allows you to live a happier, more comfortable life. Apartments and condos can be as safe, if not more so, than individual residences.