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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).

Also, make sure you have renter's insurance to protect your belongings!

Source: The Personal Security Handbook by Christopher McNab


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