As a renter, you usually have limited options for adding security to your apartment home. However, it might come as a surprise that there are simple, easy-to-implement security measures that you can easily tack onto your space, even in a large apartment building or complex. We, at Oxford at the Ranch Apartments, have put together a guide to help you understand 3 effective steps you can take after your move-in date to ensure that your new apartment home exudes a sense of security.
Cover your windows.
Many intruders “shop around” before deciding on a place to burglarize. The best way to keep your place off the top of their list is to cover windows with blinds and curtains. Your apartment home might already include some of these window coverings, but just make sure every vulnerable area, where one could look inside of your home, is protected by one. Remember to keep them shut when you aren’t home and any time after it is dark. It’s important to always angle closed horizontal blinds, too. This way, passersby cannot see through the small gap between slats, as well.
Consider a smart camera.
A security camera can be a surprisingly affordable addition to your apartment. Even though you might think that cameras need a full security system, there are plenty of standalone options that send a feed directly to your smartphone. Then, you can monitor your apartment from anywhere. Most security cameras and smart video doorbells usually have motion detection, night vision, and two-way talk. These models are affordable and easily attachable to your front door. So, skip the fancy, full-spectrum system for something simple and easily installable to amp up your security game.
Invest in a safe.
Just because someone breaks into your apartment home doesn’t mean they should be able to escape with all of your most prized possessions. A tough home safe is a good deterrent not only for burglars but also for snooping roommates and less-than-trustworthy guests. Store cash, jewelry, family heirlooms, important documents, and other valuables inside of one, and you’ll take the mental burden off yourself almost immediately. You can even take the extra step of bolting the safe to the wall or floor for maximum security – once clearing this step with the current property management team, of course.
Apartment living is all about a maintenance-free lifestyle. At Oxford at the Ranch Apartments in Waller, Texas, we go above and beyond to ensure that you have a completely stress-free day-to-day routine.