10 TIPS for Safe Apartment Living!
Let's talk about Building, Parking and Common Area Security.
1) Meet your neighbors- Knowing your neighbors is like having intelligent security cameras all around your building. Pay attention to people within your apartment complex who you think you might know. Strike up a conversation with them on the elevator ride down! If your too shy, join the social media page for your rental community and break the ice.
2) Parkade and Parking Safety- Ensure that no one gains access to the parkade when entering or exiting with your security card. Anyone entering the parkade should have their own access card. Lock vehicles and ensure windows are shut. Remove all valuables from your vehicle.
3) Building Safety- Do not let strangers into the building. You can casually do this by delaying your entry until the unknown person gains access themselves. You can ask them to see their access card and verify it works. If an unknown person does not have a card and claims they are a resident, recommend for them to call the Site Manager for access. Ensure all doors are closed firmly behind you. If you notice a door is not closing completely or is not latching properly, please contact the site manager immediately to let them know.
4) Report Suspicious Activities- Report non-emergency suspicious activities to your site manager. Report emergencies or crimes in action by dialing 911. If you are unsure as to whether something is considered an emergency, either contact your Site Manager or the Edmonton Police non-emergency line at 780-423-4567.
5) Close Your Blinds- The best way to keep your place off the top of a burglars list is to hide the goods by covering those windows with blinds and curtains. Keep them shut when you aren't home and anytime after dark. Always angle closed horizontal blinds so folks can't see through the small gap between slats.
6) Lock Your Doors- Ensure all suite entry and patio doors are locked. If locking mechanisms are faulty report it to your site manager promptly! Do not give keys out to your unit, or allow other parties to make duplicate keys. You want to be sure you're the only one with access to your apartment.
7) Get a Fire-Proof Safe- A fire-proof safe can help keep valuables and important documents, like a passport, insurance documents, social security card and some jewelry, safe from theft. This type of safe also helps to ensure that your valuables will be protected from fire and other disasters too.
8) Keep a Calendar- If you're expecting a package, jot down the estimated date of arrival. Schedule all appointments, such as cable/internet company, electric, or other necessary needs at a specific date and time. Be sure that you get identification prior to allowing them in, even if it's having them slide a badge under the door.
9) Be Aware of Your Surroundings- A day time stroll is great, but a place can look completely different at night. If you are partaking in outdoor activities in the neighborhood be aware of your surroundings and stay in well lite areas. If you notice exterior building lighting not operating properly please notify your site manager as soon as possible.
10) Keep Active Renters Insurance- Renters insurance is always a good idea. It will protect the value of your belongings if they are destroyed by a disaster or stolen during a break-in. Some insurance policies also cover water and fire damage, or protect you if you are deemed responsible for the damage of another tenant's property.