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ChecklistCheck Out Your Apartment

Does Your —

  • Entry door has a deadbolt lock and peephole?
  • Sliding glass door has a wooden rod in the track so it can't be opened and pins in the overhead frame so it can't be lifted out?
  • Landlord or building manager tightly control all keys?

For extra security, leave a radio playing or a light on while you are gone. Always tell neighbors and the building manager when you leave for a business trip or vacation.

Check Out Your Building

  • Is there some kind of control over who enters and leaves the building?
  • Are walkways, entrances, parking areas, elevators, hallways, stairways, laundry rooms, and storage areas well-lighted, 24 hours a day?
  • Are fire stairs locked from the stairwell side about the ground floor, so you can exit but no one can enter?
  • Are mailboxes in a well-traveled, well-lighted area and do they have good locks?
  • Are things well maintained--are burnt-out lights fixed properly, shrubs trimmed, trash and snow removed?

Check Out the Neighbors

  • Get to know your neighbors. Join or organize an Apartment Watch group so neighbors can look out for and help each other.
  • If you live in a large building or complex, think about a tenant patrol that watches for crime around the building, provides escort services for the elderly and handicapped, and monitors coming and going in the lobby.
  • Work with landlords to sponsor social events for tenants--a Sunday breakfast, a picnic, a Halloween Party.
  • Look beyond problems to root causes--does your building need a better playground, a social evening for teens, a tenant association, need landscaping, a basketball hoop?
  • Work with the landlord for changes that make everyone proud of where they live.

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