Multi-Family Security Tips
There is a perception among property owners that improving security is costly. The fact is that improving security can greatly improve your bottom line at a very minimal cost or no cost to you at all. The following tips are simple ways to improve the security in your community.
1. Start with Better Tenants
Implement a tight screening process will help reduce on-site crime. Inspect all potential residents rental history, criminal background and credit worthiness. Calling a previous landlord may be the easiest way to find out what kind of tenant you are really getting. Anyone can make themselves look good on paper. There are several companies that provide tenant background checks. CoreLogic SafeRent
is one company that has been providing these services for a long time. Property managers should also require all residents to sign a crime-free lease addendum. This is a contract, under which the prospective tenant agrees not to participate in or allow criminal activity to occur in their unit.
2. Join a Crime-Free Association
Partnering with police is a must if you really hope to keep crime to a minimum on your property. The International Crime Free Association is a national organization that offers significant training and standards to help keep your community crime free. The Crime Free program is active in more than 2,000 cities and consists of training classes and standards for window and door security, as well as exterior lighting standards.Click Here for more information on the International Crime Free Association>>
3. Landscaping and Lighting
Intruders do not want to be seen. Making sure that the exterior of your community is well lit is an easy way to help insure that your residents do not become a target. Also, make sure any shrubs or trees that obstruct the view to doors or windows are trimmed or cut. Follow the "3 foot, 6 foot" rule. Keep shrubs under 3 feet high and tree canopies above 6 feet to avoid obstructing views. Upgrade lighting throughout the community. Start with lights close to buildings and then move on to better lighting around parking lots and pedestrian walkways. Some utility companies will even install lights around a community's perimeter, free of charge.
4. Make Basic Physical Security Upgrades
Crime free standards instruct that deadbolts and eye viewers be installed on all doors. Another inexpensive security measure is the installation of door reinforcement security devices, such as the EZ Armor
. Since many apartments are only accessible through one or two doors, eliminating the risk of forced entry through a door substantially improves resident security. The fact is that for under $100 you can purchase a deadbolt and reinforcement that will make an intruder's job much more difficult and will save you a lot of headaches.
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5. Involve your Residents
Encourage residents to be proactive in reporting any suspicious behavior. Make sure that all tips are kept anonymous, as to reduce the fear of retaliation from angry neighbors. Consider starting an apartment watch program or organize Crime prevention meetings with your local police force. Offer prizes as incentives for residents to attend meetings.
Source: Multi-Family Executive Magazine
|Aside from the cost of repeated jamb repairs, property managers can have other concerns if repeated break-ins are not stopped!