Low-Tech, but Effective and Affordable Security Solutions for Apartment Living

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Written by Bernie Carr

Crime has become more rampant these days, even in formerly peaceful neighborhoods. You just never know when you may be targeted. Many people are actively considering extra security for their homes. When it comes to securing your apartment, you don’t need a high-tech, expensive system to keep yourself and your belongings safe. In this article, we’ll explore low-tech, low-cost security measures that are effective for apartment dwellers. From simple tricks to budget-friendly devices, these solutions will provide peace of mind without breaking the bank.

  1. Upgrade Your Door Security: Strengthen your apartment’s entry points by installing deadbolt locks and reinforced strike plates. Pay attention to your back patio door as well. You can protect your patio sliding door by placing a security bar as a stopper. While waiting to by your security bar, even a broomstick or pole can suffice to protect your sliding door. We also use a brace for the front door. These low-cost enhancements can significantly improve the security of your front and back doors, acting as a deterrent to potential intruders.
  2. Window Security Films: Reinforce your windows with security films. These transparent films are affordable and make it difficult for burglars to break through glass. They also add privacy to protect from anyone casing the place-you don’t want anyone knowing what appliances and electronics you might have. Consider this a cost-effective way to enhance your apartment’s overall security.
  3. Door and Window Alarms: Affordable door and window alarms are available in the market. These devices emit a loud sound when a door or window is opened, alerting you and potentially scaring off intruders. They are easy to install and don’t require any special skills. If your lease allows it, also consider doorbell camera alarms.
  4. Motion-Activated Lights: Illuminate your entry points and vulnerable areas with motion-activated lights. This simple yet effective solution can deter intruders by exposing their presence. Solar-powered options are cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
  5. Peephole Viewer: Enhance your apartment door’s security by installing a peephole viewer. This allows you to see who is outside without opening the door, providing an added layer of safety, especially during late-night or unexpected visits.
  6. Neighborhood Watch and Community Engagement: Forming a neighborhood watch or actively participating in community events can contribute to a safer living environment. Building a strong community can deter criminal activity and create a sense of shared responsibility for security. I always attend security meetings arranged by apartment management with the local police.
  7. Secure Valuables in Diversion Safes: Low-cost diversion safes mimic everyday items, such as books or household products, to discreetly hide your valuables. These safes are a clever way to keep important items secure without drawing attention.
  8. Get to Know Your Neighbors: Establishing good relationships with your neighbors can be an invaluable security measure. Look out for each other, share contact information, and inform one another about any suspicious activities. A tight-knit community is a powerful deterrent.
  9. Bicycle Chain for Sliding Doors: If your apartment has sliding doors, use a bicycle chain or similar affordable device to secure them. This makeshift barrier can prevent unauthorized access without requiring expensive door reinforcements.
  10. Smart Storage for Keys: Avoid leaving spare keys in obvious places such as under a flower pot by your front door. Instead, consider using low-tech key storage solutions like combination lockboxes. These provide a secure way to keep spare keys accessible only to those with the right code.

Securing your apartment doesn’t have to break the bank. By implementing these low-tech, low-cost security measures, you can create a safer living environment without compromising your budget. Of course, don’t forget about common sense strategies such as being aware of your surroundings especially when arriving or leaving your home. Remember, a combination of simple strategies can go a long way in enhancing your apartment’s security and providing you with the peace of mind you deserve.

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About the author

Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Bernie’s latest e-book, FRUGAL DIY has just been released on Amazon. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and Clark.com, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.

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