An apartment complex, townhouse, or condominium, along with another multistory, multi-family dwellings, pose unique security problems. Because of the temporary nature of many residents of rent/lease property, residents need to make an extra effort to get to know their neighbors. All the good crime prevention tips taught to participants of Neighborhood Watch also apply to those living in multi-family dwelling communities.
Apartment Complex Security
Often apartments have problems with auto burglaries. There are several measures that you can take to help prevent this from happening in your community:
- Always lock your vehicle.
- Remove items such as radar detectors, briefcases, wallets, firearms, cellular phones, garage door openers, and other items of value.
- Park in a well-lighted, high visibility area – preferably near your residence.
- Always remove your key from the vehicle and never hide a key. The thief knows all the places to look, too!
- Consider an anti-theft device such as steering wheel locks, ignition kills switches, alarms, or tracking devices.
- Boat and trailer owners should follow the same precaution. Locking hitches are a must!
- Re-key locks when moving into a previously rented residence or after keys have been lost or stolen.
- Place DEADBOLT LOCKS on al exterior doors.
- Install locks on all windows.
- Trim shrubbery away from entryways and windows.
- Light all entryways ALL NIGHT LONG.
- Make apartment/building numbers visible from the street both day and night.
- Use Operation Identification on valuables.
- Report suspicious activities to the nonemergency line at 407-348-2222.
- Report EMERGENCIES TO 9-1-1.
- Know how to contact your neighbors.
- DO NOT reveal personal information, or information about your neighbors, to unknown callers.
- DO NOT tell strangers that your neighbors are not home.
- Make sure your home looks occupied. (Leave lights and radio on timer.
- Always secure your doors and windows, even when leaving for a short time.
- Leave a key with a trusted neighbor when away for an extended amount of time.
- Have mail and newspapers stopped or picked up every day.
- Have someone leave a car in your assigned parking space.
- Have a friend or relative stay in your apartment or check it on a regular basis.
- DO NOT openly advertise your trip. Tell acquaintances all about it after you return.
Operation Identification involves the engraving of your driver’s license number on valuables. This helps in two ways:
- It lets the criminal know you are not an easy target
- It helps law enforcement identify stolen/recovered items and return them to their proper owner.
Along with marking your valuables, unmarkable ones should be photographed and all serial numbers should be recorded. A complete list of your valuables, with serial numbers and photos, should be kept with your insurance policy in a safe place.
If a crime does occur, call law enforcement immediately. A five minute delay means that the chance of catching the criminal drops by 60 to 70 percent.
Tell the deputy as much as you can. In many cases, it is what the victims and witnesses tell about the criminal that results in the arrest.
It pays to prosecute. 75% of the criminals processed are found GUILTY!
Being a witness in court is not as much trouble as you think!