Tips to Theft Proof Your Apartment

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Theft Proof Your Apartment

Apartment living is great.  The property owner does all your maintenance, the grounds are well kept up for you and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy yourself.  There is one duty that only you can do for yourself.  That is being careful and vigilant to help protect yourself against theft.  Take a look at our tips to theft proof your apartment.

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Lock Your Belongings

It’s a simple idea that really works.  Lock the door to your apartment, lock your car doors and keep windows locked when you are not home.  These simple tactics will thwart a theft every time.  It is also a good idea to not be flashing expensive items.  For example, if your aunt just gave you a gift that is expensive do not tell people in the lobby of your building about it.  If you buy a new big screen TV or other electronic item, dispose of the box when there are not a lot of people around.  Never leave the box leaning against the wall outside your apartment door.  These things just serve to “tempt” someone.

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Your Car Can be a Target

Parking your car in the lot outside your apartment is an innocent action.  But if you leave valuable items out in plain sight you are asking for someone to break into your vehicle.  First and foremost always lock you car.  Never leave money, expensive electronics or pricey sports equipment in plain sight.  Use your glove box for small change and lock it when you leave your car in a lot.  Put sport equipment in your trunk or hide them in a duffle bag so that no one can tell what is inside.  Park your car in a place that is well lit and close to where people walk around and are out and about.

Some Basic Reminders

Don’t overlook the following points when thinking about theft proofing your apartment.

  • Lock your apartment door.  It’s that simple.  If you live on the first floor, lock your windows when you are not home.  This is the number one thing to do that will help theft proof your apartment.
  • Get a small safe and keep your valuables in it.  Look into renters’ insurance and see if a policy is available that covers stolen goods.
  • Get to know your neighbors.  They’ll get to know you and the kind of people you associate with.  If you see something sketchy call the police.
  • Play hide and seek with your valuables.  Most thieves search the bedroom first for money and valuables.  Find a place to hide your cash outside of the bedroom.  Search for a unique place.

The Manchester Police Dept is always a valuable resource. Remember that when you rent a Red Oak Apartment everyone living there went thru the same process to be approved for the apartment as you did.

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