Police reports show that in home thefts by way of burglary happens three ways more than any other:

  1. Unlocked and open windows
  2. Unlocked doors
  3. Forced entry through windows or doors

When you live in an apartment building, you might think that anyone with a key could be a potential problem- but this isn’t so. There are relatively few police reports involving employee theft in that way. So, one of the most obvious answers here is: lock your windows and doors.

However, there are other ways that you can prevent thefts in apartments- or, if you are a renter, prevent thefts wherever you live. Renter’s insurance is the safest thing you can do, right off the bat. This protects you and your landlord in the event of something happening. Additionally, here are some things you can do to prevent theft in rentals.

If the doorframes on your property are older, consider having them replaced. If this is not an option for you, there are some things you can change about the deadbolt to be sure it’s secure. Always be sure that your deadbolt is at least 1.5 inches in length and check the strike plate on the door jamb. It needs to be screwed in with at least 1.5 inch screws. If the wood under that is brittle, old, cracking or otherwise weak: if it’s your property, replace it. If you’re renting, ask your management to do so, or see if they will let you do it. You can also buy metal doorjambs that will fit right over the wood door jamb you already have. If you use that as well as strike place inserts, it will be much harder to force your door open.

Taking digital photos of your valuables for insurance purposes is important. This will include any electronics, televisions, jewelry, and otherwise. Remember, you may need a separate rider for certain jewelry related items, so check with your insurance provider. It’s always a good idea to keep these photos on a flash drive in your safety deposit box or somewhere else that is safe and unlikely to get damaged or stolen.

For apartment managers or landlords, consider the following:

  • Installing new locks on a regular basis
  • Have peepholes in both front and back doors
  • Installing a wireless alarm system
  • Installing timer lights

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Kurt Kroeck has written articles in real estate, law, and art related niches for a number of high profile publications. He is an avid WW2 re-enactor, artist in graphite, charcoal, and digital media. He volunteers in animal rescue and enjoys spending time with his children.