postheadericon Apartment Security: What should you look for?

There are many benefits to living in an apartment, especially when compared to homeownership. No mortgages! A landlord to cater to most of your problems! What could be better? However, according to the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), apartments are significantly more likely to fall victim to burglars than the average, single-family household.

Now I know what you’re thinking—shouldn’t the landlord be responsible for securing the apartment complex, as well as the individual units? The short answer is, yes. However, as I’m sure we have all experienced at one point or another, not all landlords are as attentive or responsible as we would like. Unfortunately, that puts the bearing on you—the renter—to study a particular apartment complex before moving in to ensure that it is as secure as possible.

After all, this is your family we’re talking about.

While the most secure apartment complexes are considered “upscale,” it is becoming increasingly more common to find affordable apartments for rent that feature superior security features. With that in mind, before choosing to take up residence in any apartment complex, there are a few considerations you should take into account. These include:

Home security systems

Yes, something as trivial and inconspicuous as the common security system should be up-to-date, or at the very least, present on the premises. If an apartment complex lacks the appropriate system, consider installing your own personal system. In fact, because contemporary systems are usually small and wireless, negotiations with your landlord should be quick and painless.

Consider this…in a recent survey conducted by the NCPC, 85 percent of police and fire chiefs attested that a security system decreases the likelihood of a house being targeted by burglars.

A Solid Door

This is one aspect most apartment-hunters don’t pay much attention too unfortunately. When you are hunting for apartments, look for doors that have a solid-core structure. In other words, steer clear from apartments that feature doors with large glass panes that allow people to look inside and/or bust out the glass. Also, a good door should have a deadbolt in addition to the regular lock on the end of the doorknob. The actual deadbolt itself should secure inside of a reinforced doorjamb that can withstand a brute force entry. Another good security feature to look for is reinforced hinges as not many doors have them.

A Peephole

While you don’t want people peeping in at you, the ability to peep at them is a fantastic security feature that all apartment doors should feature. These nifty little devices essentially allow you to view who is at your door before you actually open it. This allows you to effectively screen individuals, only allowing the appropriate people to gain entry. If a door already has a peephole, go to the outside of the door and try to stare into the apartment through it. An inadequate peephole will allow some visibility into the apartment and should be replaced.

Visible, Clearly-Marked Cameras

A secure apartment complex will feature an array of surveillance cameras, strategically placed throughout the entire complex. A good landlord will have 10 or more depending on the size of the complex, with some having upwards of 20 to capture each and every angle. Most landlords will go one step further by placing a sign underneath the cameras letting would-be burglars know that they are on camera. Moreover, if the cameras are fairly new, they can most likely be accessed remotely via laptop, tablet, or even on a smart phone.

Perimeter Fencing

Many apartment complexes will feature fencing around the entire perimeter of the complex. If it were not obvious already, the purpose of this fencing is to keep unwanted intruders from entering the premises without permission. For optimal security, a perimeter fence should be at least 6 feet tall (as tall or taller than the average man) to make it difficult to get over.

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