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Your security concerns as a renter are unique among all residences. Unlike single family homes, which are relatively separated from neighbors, those living in apartment buildings are uniquely close to other tenants. Due to this, and many other factors, if you live in an apartment building you’re at an increased risk of theft or burglary. Because of this, renters face a serious need for advanced-level, yet non-invasive, home security measures. This guide dives into the various elements you must consider before signing a lease and after moving your belongings into your new home.

Checklist Before Signing a Lease

Prior to signing a lease, it’s essential to review various facts that influence your overall safety. By researching the following elements, you’ll have a better idea regarding the true safety of a potential new home:

  • Local Crime Statistics | Prior to agreeing to a lease, or even before checking out specific apartments, take a few moments to review crime data for the neighborhood. This information is readily available online on the local police departments website. Use this information to help guide you throughout your search for the ideal location that’s convenient to where you need to live, but also safe enough to retain your peace of mind.
  • Apartment Upkeep | When surveying a potential apartment, look for elements such as cracked drywall, broken windows or water stains throughout the interior of the building. The level of upkeep directly influences the safety of the building and the responsiveness of the landlord.
  • Secured Entrances | Perhaps the most important element to review is the security of entrance. Can anyone access the building? Are there certain security checks one must go through before gaining access to tenant hallways? Regardless of where you wish to live, secured entrances are essential for your personal safety.
  • Replace Door Locks | Prior to signing a lease, ask the landlord or property management company if it’s possible to replace door locks. Generally, this is not a problem as long as you provide the property manager or landlord with a copy of the new key. This is a major concern in older apartments as many tenants may have their old keys, which would provide unobstructed access to your new home.

Tips for After You Move In

So you’ve finally found the ideal apartment. Immediately upon moving in, there are several tips you can follow to enhance the security of your new home. The following tips are considered the most effective for renters as they offer non-permanent solutions to safeguard your home and your possessions:

  • Buy a Safe | Even if your home is invaded, if you have a safe your most priceless and sensitive belongings can be out of reach from the hands of thieves. Safes come in a variety of sizes and costs; however, the most important quality is using a safe that’s not able to be picked up and taken out of your home. Talk with your landlord or property manager to determine if you may bolt the safe to the floor for added security.
  • Renters Insurance | We never want to think about a tragedy happening or your home becoming ransacked due to a burglary. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Perhaps one of the greatest levels of protection comes in the form of insurance. Renters insurance protects the value of your most prized possessions. Should they be stolen or damaged, the policy can reimburse you based upon the value of each item. If you can’t afford to replace your entire life, then renters insurance is an excellent option for you.
  • Wireless Security System | Did you know those who rent are at an 85 percent greater risk of burglary than those who live in a single family home? For many years, the home security system industry was not friendly toward renters; however, with the advent of wireless security systems, you can install an effective security system without having to hardwire your temporary home. Take a few moments and review the various wireless and IP security systems offered by Midwest Security Supplies.