Unfortunately, break-ins and robberies are quite common these days and they happen when you least expect it. Many people move into gated communities and apartment complexes in order to feel safer. The problem is that these places aren’t as safe as they make you feel.
You can’t exactly install man traps at the entrance of your block of flats, but there are many ways that you can make your apartment safer.
Security doors – Every apartment should have security doors, both on the front door and balcony door (if you have one). These are there for a reason and you should keep them locked at all times. Even if you’re at home, keep the security door locked. The great thing about security gates is that you can leave them locked while your door is open to let in some air.
Keep an eye out – When you exit or enter via a car gate, make sure you wait for it to close before you move on. And once inside, always look around for strange characters. You don’t have to get to know your neighbours, but make an effort to identify people who live in the complex so you can tell if a stranger is walking around.
When you’re out – If you’re going out for the night, leave your radio or TV on so that it sounds like somebody is home (especially if you live alone). And if you’re going away for the weekend, ask a neighbour to keep an eye out for any unusual activity or noises.
Locks – If you only have a chain lock, add a proper lock to your door immediately. Chain locks are easy to unlock from the outside if you know what you’re doing. Also make sure your locks aren’t easy to tamper with.
Curtains – At night always keep your curtains and blinds closed. When it’s dark outside and the lights are on inside, people can see in and watch you. It’s also a good idea to leave them open during the day, just so it doesn’t look like nobody has been there since the night before.
Don’t buzz in strangers – Many people buzz strangers in because they say they’re a friend of a neighbour or they just moved in and left their keys inside. No matter how rude it may seem, don’t let people in unless you know them.
Ideally, you should assess your apartment security before you move in. But if you don’t have that option, these tips will help make sure that you and your property are secure.