It???s no surprise that the vast majority of renters say that the crime statistics in a neighborhood weighs on their decision of whether to rent or not. People simply want to be safe and there are certain things you can do to hedge your bets and make your home a little safer.
If your home doesn???t have deadbolts, get them immediately. If you have to, petition your landlord, even if you have to foot the bill, deadbolts are a great way to add a little protection to your home. Along the same lines, use your locks all the time, even when you???re inside your home in the middle of the day. Being extra cautious can???t hurt.
Make Shift Locks
In addition to having the proper locks on your doors, add wooden rods to sliding doors and windows, specialty pins can be inserted into the wooden frames of windows and sliding doors as well so people cannot lift them off of their tracks and gain access. And there are now door jambs for traditional door knobs as well that work with the same concept as a wooden rod in a door track.
Look for Lighting
Take a nighttime walk and see if there are places to hide in the shadows. If there are do what you can to brighten the area or eliminate the hiding spot. Do this seasonally as bushes are great camouflage in the spring and summer months.
Know Your Neighbors
Get to know the people who live next to you, its remarkable how people will ignore the screams of another if they don???t know the person, but when an acquaintance or even friend cries for help the reaction is immediate. In fact, your neighbors may be diligent enough to notice people lurking around before it escalates into a criminal act.
Be as diligent as possible to keep yourself, your neighbors and your neighborhood safe and free of crime and everyone???s living experience will be better.