The Apartment Security Checklist
Before renting, you should make sure you're moving into a secure area. Here are a few things to check for:
- All the parking lots/garages, sidewalks, stairs, laundry facilities, hallways, and entrances should be well-lit 24 hours a day.
- If apartment doors open to an interior hallway, the building should have a secure admittance system that requires a key or code to enter.
- If doors open to the exterior of the building, your door should have both deadbolt and lock; the lock should have been changed after the last tenant left.
- Make sure fire escapes are above the ground floor--so you can leave but others can't enter--and locked from inside.
- Mailboxes should be in a well-lit area and have quality locks to permit mail theft.
- Ensure the landlord has a good reputation for fixing maintenance problems quickly, especially burned out lights (shadows provide places for criminals to hide).
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Source: The Personal Security Handbook by Christopher McNab
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