Residential Security and Safety Tips

August 04 2017
residential security

Residential security and safety takes more than just a gate outside the perimeter of your multifamily apartment complex. It can also range in complexity. An easy solution is for property managers to check the windows and locks for tenants and prospective residents. There are some security measures that are more complex and time consuming such as a customized video surveillance system and live monitoring.

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

Older residential complexes require more care and maintenance compared to their younger counterparts. Property managers need to make sure that each apartment unit has a sufficient amount of working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms need to replaced every 10 years.

Another way to increase residential security is to make sure all doors and windows are secure. Doors are the most common entry point of an apartment unit, but it is not the only way. Thieves can gain entry in 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. On the topic of doors, 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.

Residential security extends past single apartment units. Community areas such as gyms, laundry facilities, business centers, leasing offices also need residential security. Employees, tenants, visitors, and expensive assets are found in these spaces. Community areas are vulnerable to trespassers and criminals who vandalize, break in, cause damage, theft, and other types of losses. 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 virtual guard 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.