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9 Apartment Safety Tips for Tenants

April 29, 2021 | Afton Oaks Team | Apartment Tips

When it comes to living in an apartment, security is always a top priority.


Whether you live alone or with someone, it's always best to ensure your apartment is as safe and secure as possible, to help with peace of mind.


If you currently live in an apartment or are thinking of moving to one, check out our list of 10 apartment safety tips in order to keep you and your possessions safe.

Ways to Make Your Apartment Safer

1. Make Sure Doors and Windows are Closed

keep windows and doors locked

To always stay safe, never be complacent about safety. Whether it's broad daylight, make sure that all of your doors and windows are closed.


Close them tightly even while inside and make sure they are locked securely before leaving the apartment.


As much as possible, take extra precautions by buying highly secured locks or even a security system especially when you have a lot of stuff in your apartment.


2. Ask About Key Replacement Policy

key replacement to keep apartment safe

When it comes to moving into a new apartment, ask your leasing agent about their key return policies.


If the apartment you're living in is older and uses physical keys to gain access to your home, the previous tenant could have made duplicate copies and handed them out to friends and family.


Make sure to ask the property staff if the property changes or re-key the locks on your apartment door to give you peace of mind.


3. Close Curtains and Blinds

keep curtain closed in order to prevent thieves

Are you fond of opening your blinds during the day to let natural light in?


While this is something we all enjoy, keeping your blinds open during the day allows people to see into your apartment, which can be risky especially if you live on the first floor.


This might encourage burglars to target your apartment especially if they are already familiar with what you usually do around the house or where you place your stuff.


4. Invest in Smart Home Security Devices

home security system

Having a camera or two inside your apartment can help you keep your eyes on your place while you aren’t home. Most in-home security cameras require very little setup and are affordable!


Cameras allow you to view your home through an app on your phone so you can check your apartment no matter where you are. It’s also great to have if you have pets and want to check in on them during the day!


5. Get to Know the Neighbors

get to know your neighbors

It's good to know your neighbors, not just so you can make friends in a new area, but they can also be an extra pair of eyes for your home.


As much as possible, attend community events or meetings with tenants at your apartment complex.


Becoming friends with your neighbors is also helpful for when you go away for a few days because they can keep an eye on your place to ensure nothing suspicious happens.


6. Always Stay Alert

staying alert

The key to staying safe in your apartment or wherever you are is staying alert. Be alert when walking alone especially at night, and make sure you walk in well-lit areas.

You know the saying “if you see something, say something”, so if you sense that something is wrong alert the local authorities and the property.

Prior to moving into a new apartment, there are a few questions you should ask: is the parking lot well lit? What’s the crime rate of the area?

Knowing these answers ahead of time may save you from sticky situations in the future.


7. Practice the Buddy System

have roommates to stay safer in apartments

Studies show that burglars tend to target the homes of those who live alone more than residents with multiple people. If you are able to, having a roommate can help decrease the odds of a break-in.

If you are unable or do not want a roommate, maybe consider getting a dog (if your apartment complex is pet friendly!) so that way they provide extra security for you at all times.

A dog can act as a companion and as security for your new home!


8. Check Lighting

check lighting in the apartment

Before moving to a new apartment, check whether they have good lighting during the night. Visit the apartment in the evening and see if you are comfortable at the place.

Be alert at all times. See if there are people who look suspicious at the apartment. Always trust your instinct. If you think someone is wrong, do something about it right away.

Security can always help you or talk to your landlord right away.

Also — purchase good lighting for your apartment. If you're out, consider putting them on so burglars will think that you are at home. You may even consider putting on some music.

If it's allowed, you can even get yourself a dog.

9. Check Out Apartment During the Day and Night

apartment building

Make sure you do this before moving on to make sure that you feel comfortable and safe walking during the day and especially during the night.

There may be times when you have to stay late and it would only stress you out when you don't feel safe.


First Floor Apartment Safety Tips

Do you live on the first floor of an apartment building? We would recommend that you get an indoor camera and some form of security system to give you peace of mind during the day and when you are away from home. An alert system can surely help. Make sure that you have highly secure locks so you feel safe all the time.

Before moving in, it would be best to also check the local crime rate of the neighborhood to ensure it's safe. Notice the general upkeep of the place such as broken fences.

If it's not fixed, your landlord may not be that trustworthy too. You need an apartment complex that will make you feel safe and secure especially if you live on the first floor.


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Unlike other apartment complexes, we allow pets here at Afton Oaks. Contact us today if you have more questions.