Condominium and apartment safety and security precautions often differ from house security. Here's a snapshot of 4 important condo and apartment security tips.
Condos and apartments can be ideal living quarters for those who do not wish to live in a full detached home. Proximity to downtown, no landscaping to worry about and great views are often cited as reasons to live in vertical dwellings. Whatever your reason for choosing to live in a condo or apartment, it is important to remember that with them come their own set of safety and security considerations.
Here are 4 of our top tips:
Meet your building mates. This may sound like common sense, but more and more it seems that many of us have no interaction whatsoever with our neighbours. We may find it to be excusable given busy lifestyles; however, taking the time to create a community in your building can go a long way towards increasing security. Residents may then be more likely not to let strangers in, report disturbances and suspicious activity, as well as to enjoy the place they call home.
Wait for the garage door to close behind you. Anyone who has ever been in an apartment parking garage likely has seen the signs indicating that drivers wait until the door has closed behind them before going on and parking their vehicles. As common as these signs are, so too is the number of instances in which they are completely ignored, often because someone is "in a rush". This is one of the easiest and most significant security precautions you can take to ensure no-one enters the garage behind you. To mitigate against any strangers who may make their way into your garage, also be sure not to leave valuables in your vehicle - even if in your own parking garage.
Use caution if you live on the lower floors. Make sure you do not leave your valuables on display, especially when you are out. If your strata rules permit, then consider using bars on lower windows (however, ensure they are easily removable from the inside in case of fire.) If you don't have bars, consider closing all windows and blinds when not at home, so as not to advertise to possible thiefs what valuables you have. Similarly, keep any and all balcony doors locked when not in use, even if you are home.
Use a peephole for your main door. If your door does not have a peephole, consider installing one. Despite any and all precautions you may take around your building, you are often still at the mercy of your neighbours and if they are diligent in not letting strangers into the building. Avoid unsafe situations by always using the peephole in your main door when someone comes calling.
As with most safety and security tips, using common sense will always go a very long way and it never hurts to be a bit over-cautious, especially when dealing with all of your valuables.
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