Don’t be foolish and assume that a home burglary can’t happen to you, especially in this economy. Things are tough all over, and due to this fact, burglaries and home invasions have been on the rise for some time now.
It would be wise to be proactive in doing what you can to prevent these types of crimes to lessen your chances of being one of their victims.
Scour through the information below for tips and ideas for beefing up your apartment security to make your home less of a target to those scumbags.
If someone knocks on your door and you are not expecting company and you do not recognize the person, by all means, do not open the door to them. I know this is hard for some not to answer the door, but there are so many home invasions and robberies that occur because of this.
People let their guard down and answer the door anyway only to be taken by surprise and overpowered by the home intruder. This is a very good example of why you should always be aware of your surroundings even when you are in your own home and feel safe.
A great place to hide some of your smaller valuables if you live in an apartment is in the walls. The easiest way to do this is to find a light switch or outlet you are not using and install a dummy switch or outlet that can be used as a stash safe.
These are ingenious little safes because they look like the real thing and thieves won’t have a clue that they are even there. They are pretty inexpensive and can readily be found online anywhere that apartment security items are sold; just search for fake outlet safes.
Make your apartment appear that someone is always home and specifically if you will be out of town for the weekend or on vacation. One of the simplest ways to achieve this is to install timers on your lights you commonly use.
Set them to come on at the same time you normally would turn them on and the same principal with them turning off. That way, if your home is being scoped out for a possible burglary, the thieves will think you are home and move on to their next target.
If your apartment has sliding glass doors, then this might pose a security issue as thieves can very easily jimmy or unlock this type of door without much effort.
There are a couple of options you can use here to make this door unable to slide from the outside. First is to install a security channel that fits down in the door track on the inside to prevent the door from being opened.
The second is to cut a piece of pipe or large dowel that will fit snugly inside between the sliding door and the opposite door jam to also prevent the door from opening.
If you are a single woman living alone or single mother with children, you are more likely to be targeted for home burglaries. One deceptive trick you can use for this situation is to keep a large pair of boots on the mat just outside the door you use the most.
This will give the thieves the appearance that a very large man also lives in the house. Move them occasionally from one side to the other so it looks like he actively wears them.
You cannot make any home 100 percent burglar proof, but it is wise to do what you can to improve your apartment security so you are less of a target to would be thieves.
You shouldn’t let yourself become paranoid or scared of everything, just be cautious and prepared for what could happen.
Hopefully, with the advice above and the other research you do on your own, you will be better prepared to secure your home for you and your family.
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