We know you don’t walk around with headphones on, totally oblivious to the world around you. If you have some degree of situational awareness a lot of Frank Rivera’s points are pretty much common sense. However, he gets more in depth when he touches on getting into the mindset of a burglar:

Who can see into your apartment? Look out the windows of the same unit you’re considering and determine who can see into your apartment (including other units within the complex) and who can monitor the property from outside. Remember that apartment security concerns include other residents, as well as outsiders. And it goes without saying that you should always secure your personal belongings.

It may sound strange, but when assessing your apartment, you should try putting yourself in the mindset of a criminal. Ask yourself, “If I was a (burglar, mugger, predator, peeping tom, etc.), how would I take action?”

Homeowners have the freedom to build sensible saferooms but many renters probably aren’t allowed to change locks and their own front door. Allstate has a good point about doors too:

Is the apartment entry a steel door with a deadbolt? Wood doors with a quaint, old-fashioned chain and a button-lock on the knob are no match for a determined crook. Ask the landlord whether the locks have been changed and request to see a receipt for it, if possible.

Allstate has nearly a dozen pieces of sound assessment we think you should take a look at.

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