Protecting Your Apartment Complex Against Theft

November 28th, 2019

Property managers face a unique security challenge. They are charged with keeping their property, their residents, and their guests safe. Apartment complexes are a major target for thieves because the amount of people coming and going can give them cover, while a concentration of living spaces means they can hit multiple targets on one job. Furthermore, you have to keep everyone safe, without violating their privacy. Fortunately, there are a lot of steps you can take to protect your property from thieves while also providing a safe, private spaces for residents and guests. Here’s how to get started. 

Add Lots Of Lighting On The Property 

Criminals do not want to be caught. So they use the cover of darkness to lurk and hide from view. A great way to prevent them is simply by adding more lighting around your property. Start by taking a tour of your property at night. Look for any areas that lack proper lighting. You should be able to see this space clearly. When you identify a dark area, have some lighting installed. It’s a good idea to do this a couple times of year because lighting changes. For example, the foliage from trees can block the light in the summer but when bare in the winter, the area is fully illuminated. 

Implement An Access Control System 

Apartment complexes have several points of entry and exit. The best way to ensure all entry points are secure is with an access control system. Access control systems keep the doors locked at all times, except when a guest lets you inside. You can do a lot of different designs with access control systems. For example, you can make sure that all the communication system is at the front entrance, so all guests have to go through the same door to get in. These systems can be used with a fob, a code, or a card. They also make it easy to remove access when a resident has moved out. 

Install A Surveillance System

Surveillance cameras are ideal for apartment complexes. They can help you monitor the comings and goings of guests and residents. They can alert your security staff when there is something suspicious happening and provide evidence to law enforcement in the case of an incident. Surveillance cameras are also a great deterrent to burglary. Many criminals will pass on a target if they see there are security cameras. You also want to make sure you work with a professional when designing your surveillance system. They’ll be able to advise exactly what type of surveillance cameras should be used and where they should be placed. 

These tips will get you started, but if you really want to secure your apartment complex, speak with the experts at Protect 1. We specialize in apartment complex security and can help design and customize a system to your unique needs. We’ll do a full walkthrough of your property and help identify any risks and vulnerabilities. We’ll then put together a comprehensive, budget-friendly solution to keep everyone safe, while still respecting everyone’s right to privacy. Call us today to get started.