3 Key Security Tips for Apartment Property Managers
The role of a property manager comes with great responsibility. A property manager is the one to oversee an estate property (like an apartment building) , and their job is to protect the property for the tenants and owners, ensuring their safety. Whether it's a small security measure such as routine maintenance of leaky faucets, or bigger circumstances like installing door deadbolts or security cameras, it's important to have security practices which will evidently save you time, hassle, and money. Although there are a lot of different tips, we've come up with the top tier ones to make sure your property is secured.
Deadbolt Locks and Passcodes
Deadbolt locks have a bolt that must be activated by a key or thumb turn, making them stronger than a regular lock. They're safer because deadbolt locks cannot be shaken loose or opened with a knife blade or credit card, helping to prevent break-ins and burglaries. Installing deadbolts on all doors, including entry doors, back doors, side doors, and specifically apartment room doors, can add an extra layer of security to your units and overall building.
Passcode locks are also a great method for people who constantly forget their keys or IDs. Only the people who know the codes to the locks can get in. Tie this together with a deadbolt and you've got yourself secure doors. It's also important to regularly perform routine checks to ensure all locks are up to date and not loose or defective.
Install Security Systems
The ultimate method for universal security in your building is a security system. Security systems are great to have for various reasons. For starters, just seeing cameras on your property can act as a deterrent. Burglars and those looking to commit crime will see cameras and not act upon their decisions due to the fear of being caught. They're also helpful because if a crime is committed, cameras help figure out who the culprit is and can help track them down and prove the crime.
Make sure that your security system is installed throughout the property, including on all fronts of the building outside. It's also important to put cameras on all public sections of the apartment building such as the lobby, entrance to the elevator, hallways, pool areas, and laundry areas.
Other security measures include alarms for break-ins to unwarranted places, motion sensors, and even glass breaking sensors for windows.
Constantly Check the Lighting
The lighting in the building almost goes hand-in-hand with security cameras, as the lighting can affect how a camera operates. Depending on the type of camera, you may not be able to get footage in the dark or footage in high quality if the lighting isn't sufficient.
It's very important to make sure you're getting a well-lit building not only for the purpose of helping the security cameras, but for making your residents feel safe. If a hallway or entrance is dimly lit, they're not going to feel safe walking into the building. If the parking lot or parking garage isn't well lit, that will also set up for a lot of fear and potential harm. People want to feel safe walking into their own homes, so it's important to acknowledge that.
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