The holidays are here! For many of us, this season is synonymous with joy and cheer. Unfortunately, criminals also look forward to this time of year due to the increase in valuables and gifts. Follow these tips for added peace of mind this season:
Apartment holiday safety tips
- Lock it up.
- Most break-ins are not through forced entries, but through an unlocked patio, front door or window. Ensure they’re closed and locked at all times. Lock your deadbolt when you are home.
- Consider how “secure” your travel plans are, including on social media. “Facebook burglaries” are real and growing.
- Keep it out of sight at home...
- Outsmart would-be thieves by tucking valuables in an unlikely hiding place. (Prometheus Neighbors receive a handy move-in gift that’s perfect for this. But shh: It’s a secret.)
- Don't leave gifts (even unwrapped ones) or valuables in view of your windows or doors.
- Ensure your package carriers deliver any parcels to the leasing office, not to your front door. (Even better if your community has 24/7 package lockers!)
- ...and in your vehicle.
- Like home break-ins, car thefts typically happen because doors are unlocked. Keep your vehicle’s doors and windows locked, regardless of the time of day.
- Don’t leave valuables – including shopping bags and fobs – in your car. If you have to, make sure they’re hidden.
- Transfer shopping bags or valuables to your trunk before you arrive in a parking lot, where auto thieves are typically scouting for their next target.
- Be a fooler.
- Burglars tend to avoid homes that appear to have security systems. Consider adding a decal that says “Warning: Property Under Surveillance” to your door, window or car.
- Burglars also tend to avoid homes if it looks like someone is there. You don’t have to go as far as Kevin McCallister in “Home Alone.” But if you’re away – whether for a week or a day – put a few lamps or a quiet radio on a timer so your home doesn’t seem empty.
- Be mindful.
- Watch for idling cars (occupied or not) at your apartment community.
- Do not let anyone follow you through locked community or garage doors.
- When entering or leaving, ensure doors and gates are latched behind you.
- Do not prop open common area doors, even for something quick like unloading groceries.
- Report it. If you see something, say something. For non-emergencies, call the non-emergency police number (and courtesy patrol, if your community has one). For emergencies or crimes in progress, call 911 immediately. And please let your leasing office know so they can follow up appropriately.
We hope you have a safe and merry holiday season!