Apartment & Condo Safety

Building Safety

  • Always make sure that your unit has been re-keyed prior to moving in.
  • All exterior hinged doors should be of solid core construction and fitted with a 1" deadbolt lock and 180 degree door viewer.
  • Use supplemental locking devices on sliding glass doors and windows.
  • Both interior and exterior lighting is extremely important to building security. All walkways, doorways, hallways, and parking areas should have sufficient illumination.
  • Be aware of any and all special security features the building and/or your unit might have and know how to use them.
  • Be cautious in and around elevators. If you are at all suspicious of another passenger, wait for the next elevator. When you do get in, stand near the elevator controls.

When You Go Out

  • Lock all doors and windows. Even if you are gone for a moment.
  • Never leave notes on your door.
  • Connect lamps and radios to timers in your apartment to give the impression that someone is at home.
  • Never leave a hidden key outside your apartment (e.g. under a potted plant or door mat).
  • Set the volume to "low" on your answering machine.
  • Don't leave expensive items visible through your window.
  • If you arrive home and suspect a stranger is inside, don't go in! Go to a neighbor's apartment or manager's office and call your local law enforcement agency.

Vehicle Parking Areas

  • Always roll up your windows and lock your vehicle.
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle.
  • Use car alarms, auxiliary locking devices, and fuel/ignition cut-off switches on your vehicle.
  • Try to avoid parking in dark, isolated areas.

Laundry Rooms

  • Whenever possible, try to use the laundry room during daylight hours.
  • Use the "buddy system" when going to the laundry room.
  • Follow the established rules and do your part to keep the laundry room clean and well maintained.
  • Don't prop open doors.

Pool, Recreation, And Other Common Areas

  • Avoid these areas if not well-lighted during the hours of darkness.
  • Leave purses, wallets, and other valuables in your locked apartment or condominium when using these common areas.
  • Do not enter when strange or suspicious people are loitering about. Tell your manager or security immediately.
  • Restrict access to these areas to residents and invited guests only.
  • Don't prop open doors or gates.