While crime rates in Canada continue to fall, there is always a chance that your tenants will face a break-in, burglary, or assault at some point. Providing security for your apartment tenants will help set your community apart from local competition and attract more potential renters who are concerned for the safety of their families while spending time at home. Here are five security features to consider implementing to ensure optimal apartment security:
Hire Security Guards
One of the most important things you can do to make your apartment tenants feel safe while at home is to hire a security guard team to patrol the community 24 hours a day, every day of the week. The presence of a security will greatly deter theft and other onsite crimes, especially by those who don't live on the property. Security guards also provide a source of support for residents when they have questions and concerns.
Hire a company that uniforms their security guards and uses an electronic reporting system that you can tap into through your computer system to keep tabs on real-time tracking and updated incident reports. You can use these reports to publish monthly community newsletters so residents can keep track of security concerns and accomplishments.
Make Playtime Safe
With kids playing in a playground or on grassy areas, it's important to make sure that they are safe from strangers and unattended animals. A great way to do this is to designate specific areas within your apartment community that can be used solely for child's play and then fence the areas in with tall chain-link fences that lock with a code only parents within the community have access to. To minimize your liability, it's a good idea to include a stipulation that outside of designated play areas, you can't guarantee the safety of community children.
Install Motion Lights
Putting motion lights in public areas throughout your community and near entrances of each building offers a variety of benefits for your tenants to take advantage of. Not only do motion detection lights fight off crime, but they also allow residents to see what's around them when it is dark outside such as animals and sharp objects left on the sidewalk. These lights ensure that residents can see when going up stairs and unlocking doors to enter their residences, and they help to supplement personal security resources that each of your tenants may be using.
Secure the Parking Area
Car vandalism and theft is sure to be a concern for your tenants, and luckily it doesn't take much to address their concerns and protect their investments. By simply putting in an electronic gate that requires key cards to allow access at the road entrance of your apartment community, you can virtually eliminate any possibility of car theft. Including motion detection lights in the parking areas will minimize vandalism too. It's also a good idea to require all visitors with vehicles to register at the front office so you can account for all vehicles while they're parked within your community.
Increase Housing Security
Another easy way to increase your community's safety factor for tenants is to increase each unit's security with the help of deadbolt locks that need a key to be opened from both the interior and exterior. Install LED lights in porch outlets so tenants can keep them on overnight without spiking their energy use, and start a community watch program that tenants can get involved with to create some camaraderie and support for each other.
With these security resources put into place, you should find that managing your community is less stressful, and that dealing with police reports is less time consuming so you have more time to focus on community amenities and features.
When I was a kid, my father pastored an evangelical church in a small town. I remember several occasions when parishioners called him during the middle of the night for various reasons. Whenever this happened, my dad would need to leave quickly. Because my mom was afraid to stay in our home by herself, she would also leave. She would drive her, my sister, and me to her parents’ home for the night. If our home had been equipped with a security system, she may not have taken such extreme measures. If you want to do everything in your power to protect your family from harm, consider investing in a state-of-the-art home security system. On this blog, you will discover the best types of home security systems to install in a subdivision.