Living in a time with a high percentage of crime, we are always looking for a way to make our home more secure. Although thieves usually choose houses since there are easier to get into, apartments are also one their break-into list. So if you want to feel safe in your home, you should take several steps to improve your home security. If you are not sure where to start from, here are several tips.
Add More Locks To Your Front Door
The obvious way to make your home more secure is by adding more locks to your front door since that’s only entrance point (except if your apartment is on the ground floor). By adding more locks, such as swing or portable locks, you make your door more difficult to break open. If nothing else, they will have to spend more time until they unlock the door, which increases their chance of being seen by someone. So, if thieves notice you have a lot of locks on your door, they might even back off in order not to get caught.
Alternatively, instead of adding locks, you can upgrade your current lock to a smart lock. In that way, you will maximize the security of your apartment since you and those living with you will be the only ones who can instruct the lock to open and close the door. Either way, if you are living in a rented apartment, you will first need approval from your landlord before making any change in it.
Secure Your Sliding Doors And Windows If On The Ground Floor
Apart from securing your front door, you should also secure your sliding doors and windows if your apartment is on the ground floor. You can secure your sliding doors by placing a bar in the track so no one can open it from the outside. You can also add a lock on the top of the door for additional protection.
When it comes to the windows, you can secure them by placing window bars. Additionally, you can place window blinds which should be closed when you are not at home. Or, you can keep them partially closed all the time so thieves can’t notice your absence. And don’t forget to close and lock all windows and balcony doors when away.
Install A Security System
Installing a home security system is probably the best thing you can do to ensure the safety of your apartment. It’s because by installing an entire security system, you install cameras and alarms on your front door and all windows. Plus, your system is monitored by the agency provider of the system or, at least, you can monitor your apartment from your cell phone and immediately call the police if needed.
Install Security Lighting
Another way to secure your apartment is by installing security lighting. This refers to motion lights, interior light on a timer, and lights controlled by sensors, which turn on if there is an unauthorized presence or on a timer to fake your presence in the apartment. The best thing about these lights is that they are affordable, so everyone can use them as a security method.
Mask Your Absence
When leaving your home, especially for more than a couple of days, make sure it’s not noticeable. You can do this by constantly keeping your window blinds partially closed so no one can see what and who is inside and using lights on a timer that will fake your presence in the apartment. Moreover, you can ask a relative or a friend to pick up your mail or newspapers so they don’t pile up in front of your door or in your mailbox.
Keep Your Important Belongings Out Of Sight
No one has to know what you own, especially the worthy stuff. So, if you buy or possess something big, such as laptop, tablet, or another portable electronic, some credit cards or cash, make sure not to brag about it and keep them out of sight. You can keep them in your bedroom closet or under your bed, or simply further from the windows.
But if you want to maximize their safety, you can put them in a safe place. Namely, you can purchase a safe which you can bolt it to the floor or the window. However, if you live in a rented apartment, you will need to speak with your landlord first. In that way, even if thieves break into your apartment, your valuables won’t be touched and taken.
Regardless of which precautions you use, you should always follow the building security policies because they ensure your protection. They consist of the rules such as screening visitors to prevent unauthorized access, parking procedures, electronic access policies, and intercom policies. All of them help maximize your apartment security.