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Apartment building security

We all have the potential to be victims of crime. Each of us can REDUCE THE RISK of our homes/property being victimized by eliminating the opportunity. Today we’ll look over some helpful tips to keep your house safe if you live in an apartment or condo. Believe it or not, even in these housings you CAN be a victim of intrusion and burglary, so it is a good idea into looking for a good alarm system. Remember that it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Lobby Security

  • Unknown or suspicious persons trying to get in to the building should be referred to the Management, Security or the Superintendent
  • DO NOT allow strangers to enter the building as you are leaving or entering. Cooperate with all other tenants in keeping the main outer doors locked at all times
  • DO NOT buzz anyone into the building whom you don’t know
  • Use only your first initial on the lobby directory, doorbell, mailbox, and phone directory

Door security

  • Doors should be mounted so hinge-bolts are not facing outwards
  • Install one-inch deadbolt locks on all exterior doors
  • Chain locks are poor security – install a wide angle viewer instead and NEVER open your door to a stranger
  • NEVER leave your door unlocked, even while taking out the trash
  • DO NOT leave notes on your apartment door or on the lobby directory
  • If keys are lost or if you move, locks should be changed
  • If you see a stranger carrying items out of a neighbours apartment, ***CALL 911***

Elevator safety

  • Look to see who’s in the elevator before entering
  • DO NOT enter the elevator if you do not feel comfortable – wait for the next one
  • When in the elevator – stand beside the control panel
  • If a suspicious person enters the elevator, exit before the doors close.

Helpful hints

  • Keep a record of your valuables
  • Identify your property by engraving an identifying mark – proper identification makes it easier for the police to return personal property
  • When engraving, hold the engraver straight up NOT on a slant
  • The identification should be readily visible without marring the appearance of the item
  • Be a good neighbour and report any suspicious activity to the Police

If a crime has occurred

  • DO NOT enter – the criminal may still be inside
  • Use a neighbour’s phone and call the police
  • DO NOT touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence
  • Note the licence number of any suspicious vehicle
  • Note the description of any suspicious person(s)

Crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility!

If you’re looking for a good alarm system for your apartment or condo,check out Aryana Wireless‘ offer, a basic system with ADT Monitoring for a very reasonable price. They offer a wireless alarm system that is easy to install without breaking your walls, and ensures that extra level of security only ADT can offer.

Safety tips courtesy of Toronto Police Service

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