Texas is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, with a large population and a growing immigrant community. The crime rate here is higher than the national average.
As an experienced garage door installation company we receive calls all the time from home owners targeted by burglars. So we have a pretty good idea of what makes certain apartments vulnerable to burglary attempts and others not so much.
Follow the tips given here on securing your apartment in Texas from burglars…
Tip #1: Replace the locks as soon as you move in – You should certainly ask the landlord to have the locks replaced before moving into a new apartment, as there is no way to tell if the previous occupant hasn’t got a copy of the apartment keys made. What if they were to attempt a burglary when you’re at work? Most burglaries happen in the middle of the day, when nobody is home. So get the locks replaced at the earliest by a Texas residential locksmith, this is very important. You can also have the locks rekeyed.
Tip #2: Make sure that the apartment has a peephole –A peephole can be a big difference to your security. You should never open the door unless you know who is outside. It could be a burglar pretending to be a pizza delivery guy. So have a peephole installed. This will allow you to watch out for any suspicious elements.
Tip #3: Install bright lights outside – You should have bright lights installed outside the house. Burglars like nothing better than dim lighting. They rarely target apartments that with brightly lit exteriors. Make sure there is good lighting in the parking lot, hallways, common area, mail area, elevators and entrances to the apartment building. Make this a precondition for moving into a new apartment.
Tip #4: Be friendly with your neighbors – As said earlier, most burglaries happen when the homeowner is not at home, in the middle of the day. That’s why it is so important to have someone watch over your apartment and inform you or the law enforcement if they detect any suspicious activity. Make friends with your neighbors – that’s the best security you can get.
Tip #5: Cover the windows with thick curtains – Put up blinds or thick curtains at the window. The windows should be properly covered. Make sure nobody gets to see what’s happening in the apartment. The intruder shouldn’t be able to tell if you’re at home or not. This is one of the simplest things you could do to improve the apartment’s security.
Tip #6: Ask for a home security audit – Have a trained home security expert or a garage door company check your homes overall security. During a typical home security audit we check the locks, find out if there are any vulnerable points, and tell you how to fortify the doors and windows