The unfortunate truth is that apartments and multi-family homes are more likely to experience a break-in or burglary than other single-family structures. Many factors play into a criminals decision to target an apartment. Some of those reasons include; Anonymity, Limited Security, Convenience, Easy Entry, and Simpler to Search. Despite this, very few apartments have any deterrents or precautions in place to guard against this threat.
There are some basic steps you can take, including adding a monitored security system, to make your apartment less of a target to burglars. First, lets look at some statistics.
Most homes are burglarized in less than 10 minutes.
Most burglaries occur in the middle of the day, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and the criminals often take off with the valuables before anyone is even aware that a crime has occurred. A professional monitoring team can contact the authorities immediately and give you a better chance of catching the criminals in the act. A loud alarm system also acts as a deterrent to criminals by alerting the homeowner and neighbors to the break-in.
Top 10 Cities for Burglaries
- 1. Fayetteville, NC
- 2. Flint, MI
- 3. Toledo, OH
- 4. Little Rock, AR
- 5. Memphis, TN
- 6. Montgomery, AL
- 7. Bakersfield, CA
- 8. Spokan, WA
- 9. Winston-Salem, NC
- 10. Columbus, GA
Basic Apartment Security Steps
Get a Monitored Security System
A monitored Security System gives you a live person ready to respond to a break-in 24/7. With many burglaries occurring during the day when apartments are empty, it’s important to know that someone is available to contact authorities immediately.
Know Your Neighbors
Many burglars are familiar with an area before they commit a crime there, often living in the area or having friends or family there. Know your neighbors and stay in contact with them as much as possible to avoid giving would-be burglars the anonymity they need to be successful.
Most apartments have a simple turn-key lock in place. Ask your landlord if you can upgrade to a heavy-duty deadbolt and stronger strike plates. If you’re willing to front the relatively low cost yourself most landlords will allow the upgrade.
Most apartment complexes have some exterior lighting, but you can place your own solar powered lighting on an exterior entrance to your apartment without needing to drill into the building. Adding additional lighting around your door may deter criminals from considering you a target.
Get a Safe
Apartments make great targets for criminals, in part because they are easy to search and plunder. Getting an inexpensive safe and placing it in a recessed or hidden area of your home can help ensure that your most important documents and valuables are skipped by fast-moving criminals.