Some of the immediate benefits for ground floor apartments include easy entry for carrying in groceries, inviting friends over and cooler temperatures because you don’t have to worry about the sun entering through the roof. However, a downfall of a ground-floor apartment is the simplicity of a burglar coming into your house.
Below are a few tips of how to protect your ground-floor apartment:
Building Security and Outdoor Lighting
Make sure your apartment complex has well lit areas throughout the complex. Lights, believe it or not, can deter burglars from breaking in because it is easier for them to get caught. Remember, that if any outdoor lights are not working you should immediately contact the staff and inform them for your own safety.
Another circumstance where you should notify the management is when your door or windows don’t properly shut. Office management won’t be able know things like that without you informing them. Preventive solutions include your help.
Know Your Neighbors
Getting to know your neighbors can help protect your first-floor apartment against criminals. Neighbors can help warn you of any suspicious activity that may be occurring when you are not home. It will also let you know familiar faces in your complex so you won’t have to be as scared when people are walking around your complex.
Securing Your Door and Windows
Before signing your lease do a self-inspection of the complex to make sure everything that they promise is secured how it is supposed to be. Check the doors, windows and patio to ensure all the locks are secure. Your windows should remain locked unless you have them open for air circulation. Others wise keep them locked, and if you have a rod don’t forget to use it as well. Doors should have additional locks other than the one your key can unlock. All locks should be new to prevent a previous renter breaking into the apartment.
Decorating Your Windows
Placing curtains or similar décor will make your home cozier, but will provide home security with a simple item. A curtain will prevent possible intruders from seeing the items in your home. They will also be unable to see if anyone is inside. This is a simple solution to provide you with more privacy.
One final solution is to purchase a small home security system and place sensors on your door and window. An alarm system will allow notification to local law enforcement to reduce the chances of the thief having enough time to take your most valuable items. However, you should check with your landlord before installing a home security system to your apartment.
Living on the ground floor of an apartment building can be very convenient due to not having to struggle up the stairs with groceries, and you have immediate access to the parking lot. However, because of the easy access to the street level, ground-floor apartments place themselves at a higher risk of becoming victims of crime.