Home Security Tips For Landlords and Building Managers

When break-ins or other disasters happen in an apartment building or apartment complex, it can often be the landlord or building manager that takes the blame for any associated damage, injuries, or loss of property. That’s why, if you are a landlord or building manager, it is important to protect your residents and yourself by taking certain preventative measures regarding home security breaches.

Make sure the address is easily visible from the street. This not only makes it easier for friends and relatives of residents to find the property easier, but also optimizes the response time of emergency services, such as police, ambulances, and fire trucks. Maximize visibility near the front doors by installing adequate lighting and trimming back any trees and bushes. Make sure you have a functioning back up lighting system in place in the entrance lobby and stairwells that will work if there is a power outage. Keep parking lots, garages, and trash areas well lit, as well. Eliminating dark places for criminals to hide will make residents be and feel safer when going out or coming home at night. If not already in place, install deadbolts on the front doors of all the individual apartments. When tenants move out, switch out their locks for the safety of the incoming tenants.

Install a home security system with a security camera to monitor the people coming and going from the premises. Also, connect a home alarm to the front door that will go Extensions London off if the door is left open too long. Make sure smoke alarms are in working order and tested regularly. Even more important than working smoke detectors is the safety of the electrical safety switches, which should be properly installed on switch boards by professional electricians to lower the chances of them malfunctioning and sparking a fire.

Once or twice a year, or whenever someone new moves in, distribute a list of home security instructions to your residents. Advise them to always use the intercom or security camera to verify the identity of anyone trying to enter the building, before buzzing them in. If there is no intercom, they should always check the peephole, and they should alert the building supervisor of any suspicious or unknown people attempting to enter. If they are expecting a delivery and plan on being away from home when it arrives, have them arrange for the building supervisor or doorman to receive it, and ask them not to leave notes on the door or lobby callboard which might indicate to potential intruders that they are not there. For females living alone, suggest that they identify themselves on the callboard and mailboxes using their first initials instead of their names (for example, J. Roberts for Julia Roberts). If the building has a laundry room, advise that residents use it in pairs, rather than alone.

When it comes to home security, prevention is key. And keeping your tenants educated can be half the battle. As a landlord or building manager, it is your job to listen to and address your residents’ concerns or questions regarding safety issues and inform them of any changes to the building’s security system.