Apartment Crime Prevention

Check Out Tour Apartment. Does Your...

  • Entry door have a deadbolt lock and peephole?
  • Sliding glass door have a wooden rod in the track so it can't be opened and pins in the overhead frame so it can't be lifted out?
  • Landlord or building manager tightly control all keys?

Check Out Your Building...

  • Is there some kind of control over who enters and leaves the building?
  • Are walkways, entrances, parking areas, elevators, hallways, stairs, laundry rooms and storage areas well-lighted 24 hours a day?
  • Are fire stairs locked from the stairwell side above the ground floor so that you can exit but no one can enter?
  • Are things well-maintained? Are burnt-out lights fixed promptly, shrubs trimmed, trash and snow removed?

Check Out Your Neighbors...

  • Get to know your neighbors. Join or organize an Apartment Watch Group so neighbors can look out and help each other.
  • If you live in a large building or complex, think about a tenant patrol that watches for crime around the building, provides escort services for the elderly and handicapped, and monitors comings and goings in the lobby.
  • Work with landlords to sponsor social events for tenants.
  • Look beyond problems to root causes. Does your building need a better playground, a social evening for teens, a tenant association, new landscaping? Work with the landlord for changes that will make everyone proud of where they live.