Home security in a condominium or apartment is quite different than that in houses and townhouses. Condominium buildings often include security features to protect tenants. If you are looking for additional ways to boost security measures in your condo, here are five ways to help keep your home secure. By using these tips, you can improve the overall security of your building and personal space.
1. Be Neighborly: Build Relationships with People Around You
When you first move into your condominium, and as time goes on, you should make a point to meet and to know your neighbors. This will not only help you to identify suspicious persons in and around the building, but it will also help you to establish connections and relationships with the people around you that can act as a makeshift Neighborhood Watch. Feeling secure in your home, and close to your neighbors will result in tighter security for you and your neighbors. Some buildings already have community watch programs in place, but if yours doesn't, consider starting one.
2. Safely Enter And Exit Your Condo
When entering and leaving the parking lot, always make sure the gate is closed behind you. The easiest time for an intruder to gain entrance to a building is when a resident is entering or leaving the property. The same goes for your front doors. You should not allow people you don't know into common areas of your condo. It is not being rude, although at times can be difficult and require a degree of judgment. Apologize if you like, and be polite - it doesn't mean you can't talk to your neighbor's visitor. Being smart about entering and exiting your condo will reduce security risks.
3. Lock Up And Protect Your Privacy
Security concerns start with safety and also include privacy. It sounds simple, but you should always remember to lock your windows and doors. On the ground floor, residents can pull the curtains or blinds so as not to publicize belongings and deter burglary. Make sure your window locks are secure. Ground level renters may consider adding bars to ground level windows for added security. Some buildings may not allow this, so ask before you install any window bars. Make sure the bars can be easily removed from the inside in the event of a fire or other emergency. If you have sliding glass doors, you can put a bar in to prevent the sliding door from opening.
4. Peepholes Tell You Who's Knocking, Deadbolts Keep Unwanted Guests Out
Peepholes are one of the best ways to ensure you do not unknowingly let intruders into your home. If your door does not already have a peephole, consider adding one. They are inexpensive and easy to install. You should also consider a deadbolt lock. A hefty deadbolt can give an occupant a great sense of security. Deadbolts are easy to install, and you can find them at most hardware stores. You should use deadbolts and other lock systems to secure any and all doors and windows in your home - they deter burglars and give you peace of mind.
5. Suite Security Systems Let You Watch Your Condo from Afar
Monitored security services are a great way to make sure your condo, your belongings, and your family are protected while you're away. There are security systems that are designed with condominiums in mind, and a professional can quickly install monitored alarm systems. These systems can include security cameras in addition to alarms. Some building may not allow installation of a wired system, so check your condo's strata regulations before exploring this option.
It is important to feel as safe as possible in your home and the local community. A feeling of security is essential to a fulfilling life. The effects of burglaries and crime can influence the way we live and think, but living in fear is no life. Use these condo safety tips to enjoy safe and happy condo living.