Moving Into Your First Apartment

You finally made it! For years you waited to be free, out on your own, and have your own space. Walking into your new apartment is a fulfilling moment when you see all the emptiness that you command. A couch there, a painting here. Above the door is an old saying you live by. This apartment is an extension of you and it’s completely yours.

Despite your euphoria, there is an unfortunate consequence of living alone. You are a young woman. Your newfound freedom has also blacklisted you as an easy victim for criminals. Think nothing ever happens or could happen to you? Think again. Statistically, the odds are not in your favor. You may be one in a million in your city, but you are still just one. This can weigh heavily on your mind and wreak havoc on your emotions.

Don’t give into the fear.

Peek outside your door. There is no neon sign blinking directing rapists to your new home. This doesn’t mean you aren’t vulnerable. Take control and follow these steps to create a safe, secure apartment that will always be your haven.

1. Request new locks:

You just got your keys to your first apartment, but you should double-check the locks are new, too. Most apartment complexes automatically change the locks as a safety precaution. Although it is unlikely the previous owner randomly returns, you don’t want to take any chances with your security.

2. Add interior security cameras or alarms:

Security cameras and alarms aren’t just for houses. This is your home. If someone were to get past your locks, you need a backup system to deter thieves. A little sticker in the window clearly visible to intruders will make them double think if it’s worth it.

3. Get a roommate:

The key word is “alone.” Sharing an apartment with a roommate immediately increases your safety. Rapists in particular are looking to victimize one person, not two. The more people, the more complicated, and he will just stalk away. If you are dead set on making it on your own, consider stopping by your local shelter and adopt a dog. The pet deposit is a small price to pay for a four-legged security guard.

4. Take a self-defense class:

In the end, if your apartment is invaded, so are you. Whether it is robber or rapist, if you are home when the unthinkable happens, you should know how to keep yourself from becoming a statistic on the news. Take a self-defense class at a local gym or just search for one online. Many local YMCA’s offer such classes at low costs. It’s a great way to meet other proactive women. Group encouragement and strategic tactical advantages will truly give you true peace that only self-awareness can bring.

Follow these steps to a safe and happy new home.

Congratulations on your new independent life!

Home Security – Six Top Apartment Security Tips

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’s 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.

Apartment Living and Home Security – Simple Steps For Safety

There are so many advantages to apartment living. For one, homeowners have to be their own supers–if there’s a leaky faucet, a problem with the electricity, or a broken dishwasher, no one is going to fix them except for yourself! But in an apartment building, you get the advantage of renting (or owning) a space, not a structure. It’s a great choice for young professionals, and in many urban areas, it’s the ONLY choice for just about everyone. The safety of a secure-looking building is also a major asset for those living alone, as you’re often fortunate enough to have a doorman or at the least, other people coming and going from the building who you recognize so you’re not arriving home late to a dark and empty house.

But for all of the security and help that apartment-living provides, there are a lot of important things that apartment-dwellers still need to look out for. First, don’t ever let the fact that you’re inside of a secure apartment building allow you to completely drop your guard. Especially if it’s a large building, you are not going to be familiar with all of the people in the building. While it’s very neighborly for you to hold the door open for a trusted neighbor you know well and are familiar with, it’s completely another thing to just let anyone standing on the stoop in who happens to be fumbling with keys. Be smart. The best criminals know how to prey on human kindness, so don’t assume that someone looking to break into your apartment building is going to immediately look suspicious. They might be counting on the fact that you can’t remember all the faces of your neighbors. Home security starts with you at the door to the building, keeping an eye out and only helping neighbors with the door who you know and can verify. If you happen to have a car with an alarm, keep those keys in your hand while you’re walking up to the building. If someone happens to make a move to grab you, it’s very easy to activate your car alarm. The burglar might even mistake it for a home alarm and run away, fearing the police are about to be called.

Likewise, there are certain spaces in your building where you should be more on-guard. Don’t be talking on your cell phone while juggling a bag of groceries the minute you’re in the door. You wouldn’t be doing that out in the middle of the street by yourself, would you? It’s important to not look distracted and vulnerable in the common areas of your building, just as it is important to not be rifling through your purse or distractedly chatting away loudly on your iPhone out in the street. It’s no exaggeration that a little bit of street smarts can go a long way to your safety. Once inside the building, save all of the multi-tasking until you’re safely in your own apartment. One of the biggest mistakes that apartment-dwellers make is setting down all of their valuables on the floor and turning their back to them while they pick up their mail if there’s a mail room in the building. Crooks are waiting for moments like that to rob you, so be aware of all your belongings when in the common areas of your building.

It’s also very important, if your building has a laundry room, to be very cautious at the hours you decide to utilize the services. In a smaller building or converted triple-decker where you know all of the tenants, it’s one thing to decide to do laundry by yourself at two in the morning. In a large apartment building, especially in an urban area or when the laundry room is close to a door that could easily be broken into, it’s quite another. Laundry machines are also extremely loud and cell phones often don’t work in basements, so don’t put yourself in what is usually a safe position, but with a couple of variables changed could turn into something very dangerous. It’s also important to talk to your building manager or superintendent to make sure that the doors are securely shut from the alleys. The home security of the entire building doesn’t just depend on that main entrance–it also directly relates to the other ground-level doors and windows that criminals are known for using for entry.