How To Improve Apartment Security10/11/2014 Back To Blog
Due to financial constraints caused by today's unstable economy, most people can't afford to buy their own homes and live in rented accommodations instead. Privacy and security are primary concerns in such close quarters. It's even worse if your landlord doesn't think security is a top priority and does not employ the services of a residential locksmith. Instead of turning paranoid and doubtful of your neighbors, here are a few things you can do to take change things for the better.
Change all locks as soon as you move in
When you move into a new apartment, the owner will give you a set of keys. Get a lock change done as soon as possible, starting with the front door and the balcony if there is one. Choose security door locks that are different from the ones used in the apartment building. Usually, landlords carry a master key with them that unlocks everything, and you wouldn't want to be vulnerable to possible misuse.
Be wary about using advanced security systems though, as your landlord may not allow it. The management will always want access to your premises so if you're thinking of installing more than your run-of-the-mill door locks, get in touch with your landlord first. Get to know what's allowed and what's not, and promise that you will always give them the latest combination of keys or access code, depending on what type of locks you have in your home.
Know your neighbors
Some things may be out of your control, like that accessible fire escape ladder near your balcony. You also can't help it if your neighbors open the main door to anyone who buzzes in. Therefore, it is important to know your neighbors as soon as possible. This doesn't mean that you have to go to each home and interrogate them, just be observant about their practices. Find out who has the tendency to let anyone into the building, who gets in late at night and who has a reputation for lost house keys, especially when you're opening the door to your unit.
If you think certain behavior might pose a security risk, always talk to your landlord about it. Chances are that the landlord might not even know what is going on inside their own building. If you think a neighbor's behavior is putting all of you at risk, tell the management. It's better to get a cold shoulder from your neighbors rather than having a thief break into the unit and stealing your valuables.