When you are in your car, and you are driving safely, you expect nothing bad to happen. However, sometimes people are irresponsible on the road and you get hit. Maida Law Firm is here to help you protect yourself legally in these cases, but it’s also important to protect yourself in your home. Just like you never know when some irresponsible person might hit you on the road even when you are driving safely, you never know when somebody will break into your home even though you have the doors locked.

Security for your home should be a priority since nothing is more important than making sure you and your family are safe. Home security is just as important in a rented apartment as anywhere else, so here are seven ways to add additional security to your apartment.

Make Sure the Locks Were Changed

When you come into a new apartment, whether or not the locks were changed depends on the landlord. Many will do it automatically, but some won’t unless you ask them. Changing the locks ensures that no one who had access to the apartment previously will be able to get in again. It also means if the previous renter threw away or lost their keys, no one who found them will be able to get into your apartment.

Get a Video Doorbell

A video doorbell can be installed outside of your apartment door and makes a big difference with home security. You can connect it to your smartphone so anytime someone rings your doorbell it will come through to your phone as a video call. At that point, you can see who it is clearly, ask what brings them to your home, and decide whether or not to let them in. There are even some video doorbells like this one made by Ring that don’t require you to do any drilling into the wall.

Check Any Visitors

Checking all your visitors gives you the perfect opportunity to think about who you let into your home. You can have the most perfect security available, but it won’t matter if you open the door to anyone. If someone you don’t know comes to the door, make sure they explain who they are and why they are there. If they claim they are delivery or service personnel, ask for ID. A genuine worker will carry it and have no issue showing you. And remember—if you have any doubt, shut them out.

Make it Seem Like You’re Home

Thieves will try to break into an apartment when they believe it is empty, usually, between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm when most people are at work. If you are able to make it appear that your home is occupied, with the use of things like timed lights, then a potential robber won’t attempt to break in. You can even leave the TV or radio on so the sound will make anyone nearby think you are currently home.

Install Cameras

Security cameras are the perfect tool for security since they work as a deterrent to keep potential robbers away and allow you to see what is going on in your home. Security cameras from most leading providers, including ADT, now have motion-activated cameras as a standard part of their packages. This way, your security system doesn’t require mountains of hard drives to record hours of useless footage. If someone does break in, however, then the cameras will immediately turn on and spot anyone in the apartment who shouldn’t be.

Install Motion Sensors

Motion sensors are an extremely effective form of home security and can be inexpensive. A motion sensor can be placed on doors and windows, and if anyone enters who shouldn’t it will set off an alarm, or even call the police in more advanced models. Simple but foolproof, these motion sensors will scare off any intruder as soon as it goes off before they have the chance to take anything, and will also mean nearby residents, security, and police officers will be alerted.

Secure Your Valuables

When a criminal breaks into a home, they want to get in and out with the valuables as quickly as possible. Any time and difficulty you add to them getting to your valuables will mean the intruder is less likely to get anything and more likely to get caught. Ideally having a safe or lockbox to keep your valuables will protect them, but otherwise, find a place to hide them whenever you are not around. Make sure they are not in the master bedroom, as this is always the first place robbers look.

Living in an apartment can be made safe, secure, and peaceful with just these seven ideas. They will keep you, your family, and your valuables safe from any intruders. Make sure the locks have been changed since the last residents moved out, install cameras, and secure your valuables.