As recently as eight years ago home ownership was at an all-time high. Part of the reason for that of course was government intervention. Democrats came to the conclusion that home ownership was a right of everybody and it was government job to help everybody get a home. So they did away with the traditional requirements of getting a mortgage.
They made it so easy to get a home that people who had no business getting a home got one anyhow-thank you federal government!
This ultimately led to the collapse of the housing market led by literally millions of foreclosures on those same homeowners.
Most of these homeowners were then forced out of their homes. They needed a place to stay. So an unintended consequence of all this has been a rise in the demand for apartments.
Apartment complex owners are enjoying record high occupancy rates.
For those people who live in an apartment complex, they may develop a false sense of security. It is true that more and more complexes have made it more difficult to gain entry, there still hundreds of thousands of them where there is no secondary security point of entry. There is your front door and that's it!
Every week I read or hear about an apartment dweller who is accosted by a complete stranger. There are several things that apartment dwellers can do to improve their security even if the apartment complex owners won't.
Several of these tips apply to homes as well. They have been proven over time to be the most effective. So here are the top six apartment security tips to improve your apartment security.
1. Lock your door even when you're at home. I always suggest that you use some kind of an alarm, preferably a wireless security system. That way if someone breaks in, especially when you're not there, your neighbors will know.
2. Lock your windows even when you're at home.
3. Change the locks on your front door. As a new apartment owner you are given keys to your place. You have no idea how many other keys there are floating around. Even if you have to pay for the keys it is worth it for the peace of mind.
4. Don't develop a false sense of security. Just because there may be an extra security point in your complex, they are not foolproof.
5. Apartment complexes are notorious for shaving costs, especially when it comes to lighting. They are notorious also for poorly lit parking garages and areas in between buildings. The bad guys love darkened areas
6. And lastly, if you don't have a peephole in your front door, demand that you get one. You should never open your front door unless you absolutely know who is there.
Follow these six apartment security tips then get some home alarms including a wireless security system and you will be way ahead of the game.