Keep your flat and apartment secure with these handy home security tips!
Even though you are less likely to be burgled living in flats or in an apartment compared to a detached house it’s still important to stay on top of your home security. We’ve put together a list of flat and apartment security tips to take care of those weaknesses and help you take the appropriate measures to prevent burglars from infringing your flat or apartment security and damaging your property.
Flats and apartments home security tips
When moving into a new flat or apartment it is important that you have the locks changed. Failure to do so could result in your home being vulnerable to a break-in by someone who may have obtained a key during the previous ownership or tenancy. If the property is rented always make sure you seek the landlord’s permission before changing the locks.
2. Communal door security
When evaluating the security of the communal entry to your flat or apartment building always make sure that fire regulations take precedence and if you are in doubt of this the Police advise contacting your local Fire Officer and your local police Crime Prevention Officer.
3. Fit a wireless alarm
It is always a good idea to think about what additional home security can be fitted to ensure you are taking the necessary precautions to protect your home and equally as important yourself. As part of the ‘Easy Fit’ range, Yale has developed an alarm specifically designed for those living in a flat or apartment. The Yale Easy Fit Apartment Alarm is a keypad operated system that when triggered a loud internal siren will sound and alert others of an intrusion.
4. Fit a letterbox guard
A letterbox guard or cage will help to prevent an intruder from using a letterbox to gain access to your flat or apartment. It will also help to prevent a method used by burglars to gain entry called ‘key fishing’ where they will use some sort of makeshift device, usually made from household items, to fish your keys from your door lock or where they are hung up.
5. Fit a door viewer
Have a door viewer fitted so you can see who is calling before opening the door which helps you to keep out any unwanted visitors.