Top 5 Safety Features Renters Would Pay More For:
- In-unit security alarm system
- 24/7 building security patrol guards and a doorman
- Security cameras on the community property
- Mandatory background screening for all residents
- Cylinder deadbolt locks on windows and doors
Unfortunately, there's not a magic formula to guarantee your personal safety or ensure that your home won't be burglarized at some point. However, there are some things you can do to decrease your chances of becoming a victim of crime.
1. Stay Informed
One advantage of SpotCrime is that it provides crime maps for cities around the world. Not only do these maps tell you the location of the crime and what type of crime occurred, but when available, it also uses Google maps with Street View to provide you with a photograph of the exact location.
Although limited to select US cities, EveryBlock provides a great deal more information than SpotCrime. Not only do they have crime maps, but you can also find information on filmings, foreclosures, street closures, restaurant inspections, building permits, and property transfers.
Visit the US Department of Justice's National Sex Offender Public Website to search for sex offenders by zip code. From there, you will be provided with the name, home address, picture, date and location of the individual's conviction and a description of the crime.
2. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Get to know your neighbors and be aware of what's going on around you.
3. Don't Buzz People In, Hold the Door Open for Strangers, or Prop Open Common Doors
Locked doors and security systems are there for a reason and that's to keep you safe. Every time you hold the door for someone you don't know or prop a door open, you may be putting yourself as well as other residents in danger.
4. Look for Safety Features When Choosing an Apartment
Upper-level apartments are less likely to experience break ins than ground level units. Make sure all doors and windows have functional locks. Main entrances should have peep holes. If you have a sliding glass door, be sure to put a guard at the bottom to help prevent break ins. Make sure you know who else has master keys to the apartment. Security cameras, background checks of tenants, security officers that patrol the property and doormen or security gates are all added security measures.