This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
A few days ago, we got a notice from the apartment manager that one of our neighbor’s units got broken into. I went to the leasing office to find out the scoop. Our leasing manager has worked there for 25 years so I knew I could get some information.
Some of the most common widely held beliefs about burglaries in apartments turned out to be myths.
5 Myths about Apartment Break-Ins:
Burglaries happen at night
The truth of the matter is, most burglaries happen in the middle of the day, when people are at work. The one that happened in our complex occurred between 10 am and 12 noon. The residents were not home at the time, along with most of the neighbors so no one saw or heard anything.
Tip: Get to know your neighbors. Keep your door locked at all times.
The thief is a stranger
In truth, a large percentage of burglaries is committed by someone who is known to the resident. Our apartment manager said in the 25 years he has worked in the business, he has usually found that the family or neighbor may have an acquaintance who has visited the property in the past.
Tip: Keep your blinds closed, so that no one sees what you own inside your home. Be selective about whom you invite into your home.
They will come in through an open window
Our neighbor’s front door was kicked open. Although some thieves may break in through a window, others prefer the direct approach and just kick the front door in to gain entry.
Tip: Check your lease and find out what you can and can’t do to strengthen your front door. Harden your apartment windows and doors. See this post for a few tips.
Burglars will take the TV and other appliances
Most burglars want to get in and out as quickly as possible, and look unobtrusive doing it. In the case of our neighbor’s break-in, the only thing stolen was a laptop. Burglars may be interested in the large screen TV, but if they want to get in and out quickly, they will steal jewelry, cash, cameras, laptops – anything that is easy to hide and carry out.
Tip: Find some good hiding places for your stuff. Don’t make it easy!
The thief won’t hit the same place twice
Actually, if they find it was easy enough to steal the first time, they will come back again and again. Recently, the police department in one of our suburbs cracked a large burglary ring that hit the same neighborhoods over and over again.
Tip: Before moving to an area, check the neighborhood crime stats. Even if you think your area is safe, take the same precautions.
When I asked the apartment manager if they plan to improve our door locks, he said “No.” They felt they have done their job by keeping everyone informed, but it is up to us to watch out for our own security and be vigilant.
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