Residential Security and Safety Tips

Posted by Chris O' Rourke on August 4, 2017

Residential security and safety takes more than just a gate outside the perimeter of your multifamily apartment complex. Criminals can push through gates, follow incoming vehicles, and climb fences.

Security measures can range from checking windows and locks to a customized video surveillance system and live monitoring.

Many prospective residents place a bigger importance on residential security than an apartment community’s recreational amenities. Before moving in, prospective tenants should research the residential community to search for crime reports and ask about the property’s safety assessment. Here are some ways to increase residential security and make your multifamily apartment more marketable.

Property managers should check that all doors and windows are secure. Doors are the most common entry point of an apartment unit, but it is not the only access. Thieves can gain entry to an apartment unit by fiddling with weak locks. Deadbolt locks provide better residential security than common locks. The locks should be changed with every new tenant. Sliding doors are significantly weaker than traditional doors. Security bars for sliding glass doors can help increase residential security.

Property managers need to make sure that their residential communities are up to code. One of the most common safety violations are grills on balconies.

Multifamily community areas such as gyms, laundry facilities, business centers, and leasing offices contain valuable assets and can also use increased security. Common areas are vulnerable to trespassers and criminals who vandalize, break in, and cause damage, theft, or other types of losses. Multi-residential security can be increased by installing an apartment surveillance system with HD security cameras. Access control with access cards or fobs can also decrease criminal activity.

UCIT Online and Stealth Monitoring are the leaders in commercial security in Canada and the U.S, with over 400 employees, 9 offices, and 3 live video monitoring control centers. UCIT’s proactive commercial property security monitors watch over 15,000 IP and CCTV security cameras. Our office security systems feature advanced technology and can detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. UCIT’s remote video monitoring service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance operator can see suspicious activity, activate a speaker warning, and call the local police.

Please call toll-free (866) 756-7847 or contact UCIT today for more information to protect your apartment complex. Visit the UCIT web site to see real videos of criminals being apprehended at construction sites, shopping centers, flex spaces, warehouses, auto dealerships, and other real estate properties.