Apartment Security: Your Go-To Guide
At Mycube, we believe that no matter where you live, you should have total confidence that all of your belongings are safe. We've touched on tips for home security before - but we also understand that we have many customers living in places like condos and apartments. The security concerns in these places are going to be a little bit different than in a larger house. If you're moving into a new apartment and are worried about the security of your belongings, we'll give you all the information you need to know right here.
What's the Difference?
When it comes to apartments vs. houses, neither is really the "safer" option. They simply provide a different landscape of potential security considerations. Apartments do have some things going for them on the safety front. Compared to homes, they tend to have fewer points of entry - especially if they are located above the first floor.
Many modern condos and apartment buildings will also have their own built-in security system, possibly including on-site security guards and cameras. In general, an apartment building tends to have plenty of people always around, which makes it harder for a break-in to go unnoticed.
However, apartments do have their security weaknesses as well. The fact that there are so many people around provides camouflage - especially if other tenants are potential thieves. Living in an apartment can also give a false sense of security, which could lead to the mistake of skimping on security measures. All it takes is forgetting to lock that one door, however, and your valuables are suddenly vulnerable.
Protecting Your Apartment
Some security factors of an apartment are only really in your control at the time that you sign the lease. For example, you'll want to get an apartment that isn't on the ground floor and make sure that your building has its own security guards and locked entrances.
But let's assume that you're already the proud owner of a new apartment. What can you do to make it more secure?
Firstly, it's important to make use of all the security features that are provided to you. If you have locks and a door alarm system in your apartment - then use them! They won't do any good if they don't actually make use of them. It's also important to make sure that your windows and exterior doors are properly closed as well, especially if you're on a lower floor.
It's a good idea to try and get some extra protection if you intend to be away traveling or the like. One of the simplest ways is to ask a friend who lives in the same apartment building or nearby to check up on your space and belongings. You can also try to invest in your own additions to the security system, such as cameras and motion detectors.
However, apartment break-ins aren't always a dramatic cleaning out of everything you own. Very often they simply involve someone sneaking in where they shouldn't be, and taking as many small valuables as they can before they leave.
This is why it's vital to not leave any small and easily snatchable valuables out in the open and to keep them in a personal home safe. Even if you can't prevent someone from getting into your apartment, with a small home safe, you can make sure that they aren't able to quickly snatch anything before they leave. Any jewelry, laptops, or important documents you might have are extremely important to store in a personal home safe.
Worried about the space needed to get such a safe? Don't be! With our Mini safes, protecting your valuables is easy and space-conscious as well. So you can stop worrying about keeping your valuables safe, and start enjoying your new space!