Should I Install a Security System for My Apartment?

Security System for My Apartment

When you hear about burglaries, single-family homes are usually the first to come to mind. According to the National Crime Prevention Council, apartments are actually 85 percent more likely to be burglarized compared to single-family homes. This statistic is a friendly reminder that people living in apartments should also consider home security systems to keep their belongings safe.

Apartments are at Risk for Break-Ins

Apartments are just as vulnerable to break-ins as single-family homes. Burglars operate in the same way. They look for units that have easy access, lots of cover and quick escape routes. They also pay attention to units that look less lived-in compared to those with a lot of foot traffic.

Burglars are often more likely to attack during the day when people aren’t home. Crime Doctor reports that 30 percent of apartment burglars gain access through an open door or window.

How to Keep Your Apartment Safe

What many renters don’t realize is that they can – and should – take matters into their own hands when it comes to the safety and security of their apartment. For some reason, homeowners feel that this is their right, but apartment renters don’t.

If you are currently renting an apartment, it’s important to consider the security options available to you.

Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to safeguard your apartment.

  • Lock all doors and windows when you are sleeping or away
  • Use special reinforcements on sliding glass doors or balconies
  • Get to know your neighbors and agree to watch out for each other
  • Use light timers to establish occupancy

Installing an Apartment Security System

After making a few changes to your apartment, the last thing to consider is an apartment security system. A security system will alert you, your neighbors and the police that someone is trying to enter your apartment. There are different types of packages available based on your budget and needs. Some come with motion sensing lights, light timers or security cameras.

Because you are renting, a wired security system probably isn’t an option. But you can find plenty of wireless systems that are affordable, reliable and transferable.

The most important thing to remember is that your apartment depends on you to keep it safe. Don’t assume that just because you’re living in an active community means that your apartment isn’t vulnerable. Keeping doors and windows locked, knowing your neighbors and installing a security system are the best ways to ensure safety and security.


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