The Secret To Solid Apartment Protection Strategies

October 8, 2009 by admin  
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What is the “Secret” to having a solid home or apartment protection strategy?  Could the secret be something as simple as “locking” your doors and windows?  Could it be NOT opening your door unless you know who is there?  Or could it be having a super strength deadbolt locking system on doors that have reinforced frames and hinges? 

These could be some of the best well-kept SECRETS  to having a solid home or apartment protection strategy because most people aren’t doing them.  If you want to keep home burglars/home invasion intruders out of your home or apartment, you need to strengthen the perimeter making it extremely difficult for them to get through.  If you leave your doors and/or windows unlocked, you are inviting the criminals into your home.  

Home security and safety is a habit that many people just don’t follow.  You might ask why?  My answer is they may feel perfectly safe.  Having a personal and home security “mindset” should be a habit that you focus on developing even if you think you live in a perfectly safe area.  Even though crime is getting closer to home - many people still feel that crime happens to other people - not them!  When people see crime actually affecting their neighbors, family, or themselves, that’s when many start to take ACTION.  I challenge everyone to become more proactive in their home security and personal safety and commit that they are not going to become a victim of crime out of complacency!!   

Over the past few weeks our city has experienced both a personal carjacking attack against a couple of innocent students and a violent home invasion that resulted in a fight between the homeowner and the intruders.  The homeowner did acknowledge he had left the door unlocked which allowed the intruders to easily gain access to his home. Again make a habit of checking doors and windows each night before going to bed to make sure they are locked.  Do it for 21 days straight and it will become a habit for you!

Solid Apartment Invasion Prevention Strategies 

1.   Check the structure of your entry doors and deadbolt locks.  If they are flimsy, weak, and outdated, see if your apartment will upgrade or at least reinforce the hinges and frame around the door.   If the apartment management won’t comply, invest in the upgrade yourself if you plan to live there for any length of time.  One of the best locking systems on the market is The Ultimate Lock.  Their testimonials show this lock can withstand up to 4,000 lbs of force.  This lock is bump-key resistant and has a really unique ”lock out” feature.   Take a look at the power of this ultimate lock!  Check it out.

2.  Make your personal and home security a habit.  Day or night you should always be aware of your surroundings as you exit/enter your vehicle and are exiting/entering your apartment.  You may want to consider keeping some type of personal protection device in your apartment like Pepper Spray, Mace Spray, TASER C2, Stun Gun, or Personal Alarm And carry Pepper Spray or Mace Spray on your keychain for protection.  These are all non-lethal protection devices that are meant to deter or distract an attacker or  intruder enough to get away to safety and call 911.  As you enter your apartment from the outside, be cognizant of strangers approaching or anyone who may be hiding outside your apartment.  Be sure to follow appropriate laws and regulations regarding these personal protection devices in your area.  Practice using your personal protection product so you know what to do if forced to use it.   To order your protection products CLICK HERE

3.  Reinforce the front, back and sliding glass doors to your apartment.  Place a heavy duty strong dowel rod down into the track of the slider to prevent it from opening.  If the sliding glass door can be lifted out of the track, install a couple of screws at the top of the track to prevent that.  For the front and back doors look at adding a 20-gauge steel door brace and/or a door stop alarm with a loud decibel alarm.  These door protection devices can give that extra strength, protection, and valuable time you may need during a break-in to call 911 or  others for help. For details CLICK HERE.

4.  Keep your main level windows locked at all times.  To add extra strength to the windows place a dowel rod that fits into the track of the window whether it slides up and down or side to side.  This will add a tremendous amount of strength to the windows and can help prevent them from being opened.  The intruder will have to break the glass to get through and most don’t want to make any noise or take the time and effort.  You can get the dowel rods at the local hardware store and if you paint or stain the rods, they blend into the window.   For a minimal charge you can add wireless window contacts or glassbreak sensors that only make a loud alarm noise inside the apartment when the window is opened or glass broken.  Go to The Personal Security Store for more information.

5.  A home security system would be a recommendation that I would make; however, many alarm companies require that apartment management approve this.  If your plans are to stay in your apartment for 3-5 years this may be a wise investment.  When my daughter got out of college and moved to an apartment, the first thing I did was have a security system installed with protection on all doors, a fire alarm, and a wireless panic button.  This made me feel better and I know she appreciated it too.  ADT Security offers quality security systems at reasonable prices.  Be sure to check with your apartment management for approval.  Ask to have included in your security system a remote keyfob that has an on/off button as well as a panic button to call for help if you need it.

6. Before opening the door look through your peephole to make sure you know who is there.  Don’t automatically open the door when someone knocks.  This has become a major scam in apartment complexes across the country.  Once the homeowner opens the door it takes very little effort for the intruder to violently force the door open and attack the homeowner.  A word of caution - if you don’t know the person’s identity, ask what they want.  You do not have to open your door to anyone you don’t know!  Carry your telephone with you as you approach the door in case you need to call and verify the person at your door.  Call apartment management or 911 if you feel threatened or in any kind of danger.   

7.  Get to know the immediate neighbors in your apartment unit.  Exchange telephone numbers and start to watch out for one another.  The more involved you are with those around you the better able you and others can alert authorities if a security problem happens.  See if your apartment offers some type of “Neighborhood Apartment Security Watch.”

Other common-sense security tips:

 Avoid riding in the elevator alone with a stranger if you can.  Don’t hesitate to get off an elevator should you fee uncomfortable or threatened.

When you move into an apartment, make sure the door locks have been rekeyed.  The should also be rekeyed whenever the door lock key is lost or stolen.

When you leave your apartment, even for a short time, lock doors and windows.  Also turn off any heating appliances.

When you are gone for the day, turn on a radio.  Also consider a timer to program lights in your apartment.

Having a Security & Safety Plan and knowing what to do and how to protection yourself before you have a problem can save you from being a crime victim!!  Be Prepared!! 

Remember the security and safety of your residence and family is ultimately your responsibility.  Take the necessary precautions to ensure you don’t become a victim of an apartment invasion robbery/burglary crime!