We all know what it's like. You're at home, alone, then all of a sudden, a noise! It could be as innocuous as a branch tapping a window, or a beloved pet scratching the floor. Despite this, it's easy to let our fears get the best of us. We know our buildings are incredibly secure, but it never hurts to take some extra measures. Since a locked door or gate can only go so far, here are a few ideas for adding extra security to your apartment.
The first thing you can do to protect yourself and your belongings is to sign up for renters insurance. In the event that any of your personal property is damaged or stolen, you’re covered. No matter how secure a home or neighborhood is, break-ins can happen; so can accidents. Protect your property and yourself by investing in renters insurance.
Install Motion Detector Lights
Believe it or not, most home invasions happen during the day. Many thieves are emboldened by knowing their target is at work or running errands. One of the best ways to combat this is by installing motion detector lights. These lights imitate human activity and will make it appear as though someone is home. Motion detector lights are a relatively affordable way to safeguard your property against potential thieves.
Replace the Deadbolt Strike Plate
When was the last time you replaced a deadbolt strike plate? If you can’t remember, it’s time for an overhaul. Though the strike plate is traditionally used to hold the door shut, a stronger one can help the door withstand a forceful kick. Also, invest in longer screws to help secure the strike plate in place. This small, and incredibly cheap, fix can make a big impact.
Reach Out to Your Landlord or Property Manager
Get to know your landlord or property manager! One of the best ways to feel safe is to know who to call in the case of an emergency. Let them know if you have any concerns about your security.
Do you have any special security measures you’ve installed in your buildings? Let us know in the comments!