Oct 21 2012
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that burglaries are more common in rental properties with 10 or more units than in single-family homes, but the reasons for that are unclear. When people live in close proximity, as they do in apartments, there may be more opportunities for thieves to take advantage of carelessness. But by being mindful of your own actions and assessing the safety of an apartment before you even move in, you can reduce your likelihood of becoming a victim.
Other safety considerations
Even if your apartment seems to have a low risk of crime, fire is always a threat to safety, because it can quickly travel from one unit to another. When touring your apartment, make note of the following:
Are there working smoke detectors in hallways and inside each dwelling? Don’t be afraid to test a smoke detector inside the apartment you’re looking at. Large complexes should also have fire extinguishers displayed in common areas. Check for documentation that the extinguishers have been regularly serviced.
Check the windows for ease of opening and secure locks. Windows that don’t open are a safety hazard and could prevent escape in case of a fire.
Once you’ve found the right apartment, it’s important to get to know some of your neighbors. When neighbors know one another they’re more likely to look out for each other and report any worrisome activity. No matter where you live, being proactive about you own safety is of utmost importance. If you witness illegal or unsafe behavior in your apartment complex call the authorities. And never settle for an apartment where the safety is questionable just to save a few dollars. Your health and well-being is worth more than a few extra dollars each month.
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