5 City Apartment Safety Tips

Urbanization combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could potentially add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050, with about 87.4% of the United State’s population living in a city. It becomes more important to be well rounded in city apartment safety tips as more people move to urban areas.

1. Make sure all doors and windows close fully and that the locks work.

Nearly 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door or window. It doesn’t take long for burglars to break in, get what they want, and get out without being caught – and an unlocked door or window makes it so much easier for a burglar to get the job done quickly. Double and triple checking all locks in the apartment definitely ensure a safe apartment.

2. Look out for security cameras in the parking lots.

The top 10 places in the United States where car theft happens the most is in urbanized cities. You should check for cameras in the parking lot and ensure that your car is able to be seen on the footage. If there is no camera, consider requesting surveillance to be added into the parking lot by your apartment’s administration.

3. Check the status of the CO and fire alarms.

Every year, 20,000 – 30,000 people in the United States are sickened by accidental carbon monoxide poisoning and approximately 500 people die. Carbon monoxide can easily pass through drywall, which is used to finish walls and ceilings in most residential homes. 2,400 people die in house fires every year. Fortunately, the overall fire death rate trend in the United States has been falling since 2007 – and we’d like to see that trend continue to fall.

4. Do not rely on chain locks.

Many city people rely on either public transportation or bicycles in order to get to where they need to be. Many police departments have been urging citizens to forgo chain and cable locks for U-type locks instead. Chain locks can easily be cut – thus leaving the bike easy for the taking. The chance of your bike being stolen at your apartment or anywhere in the city is slashed in half when a U-lock is locked around the wheel and frame of the bike – which avoids parts being stolen from the frame.

5. Make a social media group!

Whether it would be on Facebook, Telegram, or WhatsApp – connect yourself with your neighbors and look out for each other. A team of city apartment tenants that look out for one another are much more likely to live in a safer environment. These are just 5 of many things you should pay attention to and do immediately when it comes to your apartment’s safety. Moving into a new apartment can be exciting and it could be easy to overlook this as you begin your move-in process. Ensuring your own safety only benefits you.