Apartment Security

Apartment Security

Security and Safety in Apartment Complexes

  • Viewers ("peepholes") are important for your security. Know who is at your door before permitting entry.
  • Ask to see identification of callers you don't know.
  • Always double-check doors and windows before leaving your residence to make sure they are locked.
  • Keep keys in your possession. Don't place them under mats, over doors, in mail slots, or in other obvious "hiding places".
  • If you return to your residence, even after a brief absence, and you think it has been illegally entered, do not enter. Call the police.
  • Draw curtains or blinds after dark. Never dress in front of a window; your silhouette may be visible from the street.
  • The sight of valuables might tempt a burglar. Do not place purses, portable radios, stereos, television sets, or other such articles near windows; glass could be broken and nearby items easily removed.
  • Don't advertise; a note on the door stating you are not at home is asking for trouble. Use only your last name and first initial on the door, mailbox, and in telephone books.
  • Be knowledgeable about various types of locks and security devices.
  • If possible, replace locks when you move to a new house or apartment or have the owner do so. You don't know if the previous resident still has keys.
  • Establish a buddy system with a neighbor. Each should be wary of anything out of the ordinary in and about the other's premises. Let your neighbor know when you will be arriving late. Take in the other's packages, newspapers, etc., in the event of vacations or absences for more than a day.
  • Cooperate with all other tenants in keeping outer doors locked. Don't release door locks unless you are sure of who is requesting entrance.
  • Notify the building superintendent if you leave for an extended vacation.
  • Utilize a timer for lamps, radio or television to give your apartment an occupied look or sound.
  • Keep a photographic inventory of your possessions. Write the date and place of purchase, cost, serial number, and any other identifying information on the back of each photo. Engravers can be borrowed from Police Services for inscribing your driver's license number on property. Mention security coding when reporting lost or stolen items. This will aid in preparing insurance claims and can also facilitate the return of recovered items.
  • Keep money, jewels, furs, and valuable collections to a minimum. Utilize safe deposit boxes and fur storage.
  • Elevators in apartment houses can lead to trouble. Wait for an empty car rather than ride with a stranger.
  • Never answer personal questions on the telephone. Never admit that your are alone or that you live alone. If you receive an obscene telephone call, quietly hang up. If anonymous telephone calls are received, notify Verizon Annoyance Calls Center at 1-800-518-5507.
  • All entrances to your home should be well lit. If you live in an apartment building, make sure all halls are properly illuminated; if they are not, notify thelandlord.
  • Consider how you as a tenant can help make public areas more controlled and secure.
  • Develop a building patrol or watch program.
  • Report any suspicious sounds, activities, automobiles, or people that you see.