College Apartment Security

Due to the rising costs of on-campus housing, many college students choose to live off campus.

Yet, apartments can be easy targets for intruders. Without proper security, burglars can access the property, your apartment and personal belongings. Safety starts with asking the right questions. Before signing a lease, students should ask prospective landlords about several key factors related to the building’s security.

Here are five essential questions to ask your landlord before securing off-campus housing for the school year.

1. How safe is the neighborhood?

Before signing a lease, it is important to consider the location of the property. Avoid selecting an apartment that is isolated or in an unsafe neighborhood. When considering potential homes, look into the following factors:

Discuss with the landlord, conduct online research, and walk around to determine the safety of the surrounding area.

2. How secure is the building?

Apartments with enhanced security systems are less likely to be broken into. Ask the landlord what security features are already in place to deter intruders and protect tenants.

When assessing the security of the building, consider asking these questions:

3. Is there nearby parking?

Select an apartment with parking in close proximity. Parking lots should be secured, especially at night. If parking is included, ask the landlord if the lot is secured with any of these features:

4. What happens in the case of an emergency?

In the case of an emergency, verify how responsive the landlord or building maintenance will be to an issue. For optimal safety, ask questions such as:

Request contact information for both basic maintenance requests and emergencies to ensure you are covered if any issues arise.

5. How else can I secure my apartment?

The landlord may have advice on additional ways you can secure your apartment. Consider adding these features to better safeguard your space:

Since many security vendors require the property owner to enter into a contract, be sure to discuss with the landlord your desire to install a security system. After determining what is allowed, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision on which property is the safest choice for your needs.

Living on your own is a huge step in life. Ensure your safety and the security of your apartment by asking the right questions before signing a lease.

Are you considering off-campus housing for next year? What questions will you ask to ensure safety in and around your apartment?  Contact a BSG expert to learn more 855-MYSMARTHOME