The holidays are here! For many people, this year is synonymous with joy and cheer. Unfortunately, criminals also enjoy this time of the year due to the rise in valuables and gifts. Follow these tips with regard to added peace of mind in 2010: Apartment holiday safety tips
Most break-ins aren't through forced entries, but with an unlocked patio, entry way or window. Ensure they’re closed and locked continually. Lock your deadbolt if you are home. Consider how “secure” your travel plans are, including on social networking. “Facebook burglaries” are really the and growing.
Keep out of sight in your house...
Outsmart would-be thieves by tucking valuables in a unlikely hiding place. (Prometheus Neighbors obtain a handy move-in gift that’s ideal for this. But shh: It’s a secret.) Don't leave gifts (even unwrapped ones) or valuables because of your windows or doors. Ensure your package carriers deliver any parcels towards the leasing office, to never your door. (Even better when your community has 24/7 package lockers!)
...as well as in your vehicle
Like home break-ins, car thefts typically happen because doors are unlocked. Keep your car or truck’s doors and windows locked, in spite of the time of day. Don’t leave valuables - including affordable handbags and fobs - inside your car. If you have to, be sure they’re hidden. Transfer affordable handbags or valuables on your trunk when you arrive in a parking garage, where auto thieves are generally scouting for his or her next target.
Be a fooler
Burglars usually avoid homes that have the symptoms of security systems. Consider adding a decal that claims “Warning: Property Under Surveillance” on your door, window or car. Burglars also have a tendency to avoid homes when it looks like someone will there be. You don’t need to go as far as Kevin McCallister in “Home Alone.” But if you’re away - whether for any week or maybe a day - put a couple of lamps or perhaps a quiet radio over a timer so that your home doesn’t seem empty.
Watch for idling cars (occupied you aren't) at the apartment community.
Do not let anyone follow you through locked community or garage doors.
When entering or leaving, ensure doors and gates are latched behind you.
Do not prop open common area doors, even for something quick like unloading groceries.
If you see something, say something. For non-emergencies, call the non-emergency police number (and courtesy patrol, when your community has one). For emergencies or crimes happening, call 911 immediately. And please let your leasing office know just for them to follow up appropriately. We we imagine you have a safe and merry holidays!