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Apartment Safety Checklist

burglar coming through entrance door

Help prevent break-ins with these simple tips.

Apartments are 85 percent more likely to be broken into than any other type of home, according to the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). This statistic highlights why renters need to pay extra attention to security.

Here are some simple, cost-effective tips from the NCPC to make your apartment less attractive to burglars:

  • List more than one name on your mailbox. A single name may suggest your apartment is empty when you leave.
  • Keep a radio playing or light on when you're gone.
  • Have a friend or trusted neighbor pick up your mail when you're on vacation.
  • Lock your windows and doors even if you're on an upper level.
  • Make sure your entry door has a deadbolt and a peephole.
  • Put a wooden rod in the track of a sliding glass door.

Be a Good Neighbor

Get to know your neighbors. They can keep an eye out for suspicious activity if you're not home, and you can return the favor for them.

Think about organizing an apartment watch group to get more people involved in the fight against crime.

For additional information on protecting all that your apartment holds, learn more about American Family renters insurance.

Additional Apartment Safety Resource

National Crime Prevention Council – safety checklist and apartment watch group information.

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