Many apartment dwellers worry that their valuables and belongings will not be as safe as those of people who live in their own houses – since you don’t own the property there aren’t many steps you can take to secure your stuff, right? How are you supposed to protect your belongings in an apartment?
Well in today’s modern world, securing your belongings in your apartment is not as big of a worry as you might think! With renters insurance, making sure your windows are covered, and investing in a safe and apartment-ready security system you can rest easy knowing your belongings are protected in your apartment!
In this post we’ll take a closer look at these steps and by the end you’ll be able to make a plan to ensure that you won’t have to worry about your precious belongings being in danger.
Obtain Renters Insurance
No matter what safety precautions you take or clever places you find to hide your most secure valuables, it’s always possible for the worst to happen. Renters insurance is a relatively inexpensive step you can take to get some extra piece of mind!
Your landlord will have insurance that covers the building you live in, but your personal renters insurance policy will cover your personal property that could suffer in the event of a burglary or disaster.
Most renters insurance policies run around twenty dollars a month, which is definitely worth it to protect yours and your loved ones’ possessions. It’s a good idea to check with the company that’s already insuring your car or other possessions, there’s a good chance they’ll offer a bundle deal!
Think About Your Windows
Many thieves and ne’er-do-wells will only try to take advantage of locations where they know there’s a good score – after all, why risk time in jail for a payday you can’t be sure about? They get an idea of what kind of valuables might be in a location by peeking through windows, which is a disconcerting thought – but an easy thing to prevent!
Most apartments will come furnished with a good set of blinds already, and if so you should make sure to be closing them at night and when you’re leaving the house. You can close them during the day and then go outside your apartment and check for yourself. Can you see through the slats? Are there visible valuables that could entice a burglar?
If your apartment doesn’t have blinds, or if you’re not a fan of the ones you were provided with the unit, you can get blackout curtains for fairly cheap online. Not only will long, blackout curtains make it harder for people to snoop through your windows, they can help save on energy costs as well! If you’re going to replace existing blinds, make sure you check with your apartment manager first and be sure to save whatever was there before for when you move out.
Get A Safe
On the off chance that someone does make it into your apartment, you can make it harder for them to actually make off with your smaller valuables by investing in a good home safe.
There are plenty of smaller fireproof safes on the market that will fit well in an apartment setting that you can store your heirlooms, important documents, jewelry, emergency cash, and other similar items in to keep them safe from both natural disasters and burglars.
If you’re worried about someone lifting the safe and walking away with it, talk to your landlord about bolting it to your floor or wall (though most small safes designed for apartments are heavy enough to discourage your average burglar.)
Install an Apartment-Specific Security System
Many apartment dwellers think a security system is out of the question for them, but there are many modern solutions on the market now that are designed to be non-invasive in their installation and perfect for apartments!
With a little research, you should be able to find a perfect solution for you that won’t require drilling lots of holes and will even connect to your mobile device for on the go monitoring.
A lot of these new systems are designed to be modular, so you can start basic and add on more cameras or sensors as needed.
Are You Looking For a Safe Apartment in a Wonderful Community?
We hope these tips will help you feel better about protecting your belongings in an apartment! Are you moving and looking for the perfect community for you and your family to feel safe in? Contact Syringa Property Management today, we’d be more than happy to help you find the perfect housing community to settle down in.
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