As an Atlanta accident attorney, I’ve met many people who have been the victim of a crime in their own apartment or apartment complex. Although it should be an apartment owner’s number one priority to keep tenants safe, it is often not the case.
As a renter, however, there are things you can do to be proactive and keep yourself safer:
- Only rent an upper level apartment, as it will make break-ins more difficult.
- When moving into a new apartment, ensure the locks have been changed and ask for proof in the way of receipts, work orders, etc. Check all window locks to ensure they in working order.
- Keep your doors locked at all times (when you are home and when you are not and even when you are just running out to your car or walking your dog).
- Deadbolts and chains are a must. Make sure your door has a peephole. Sliding glass doors should have a pin-locking device or a bar.
- Do not hide keys outside your apartment.
- When answering your door, check the peephole. Ask for identification from repair or service persons.
- Use light timers to make it appear that someone is always at home.
- Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention when you are entering your apartment. Have your key out and ready to unlock your door. Immediately lock your door when entering your apartment.
- Make sure outside lights are in working order. If not, notify the complex.
- Never use the laundry facilities alone in the night-time hours.
- Make it a point to meet your neighbors, and make a plan to look out for one another.
- Never list your full name on your mailbox, directory, etc.
Ty Wilson is an Atlanta injury lawyer | Savannah injury lawyer and is dedicated to helping those who have been injured as well as their families. Call his office today at 888-689-5224 to order his free book, 10 Secrets of Georgia Car Wreck Claims. This book is intended to give you and/or your loved one a solid foundation regarding Georgia car accident claims, how to hire an attorney, and how to deal with the insurance company prior to speaking with a lawyer.