Apartment living can be stylish and convenient but, are you as safe as you want to be in your building? You might have a locked lobby or even an actual doorman service in your building to protect you and your neighbors or you might live in a private apartment. Either way, there are things that you can do to boost your security in your rented apartment.

You might not be permitted by your HomeOwners Association or Condo Board to install a large and complex security system in your apartment. For those that aren’t permitted to change much of their existing home, there are still plenty of smaller things that you can do to keep your home safer.

The home invasion statistics in nearly every part of the country can make anyone nervous. In an apartment, you have limited options on what you can do to upgrade your security. Let’s take a look at a few ways that you can add to your home security in your rental unit.

Video Doorbell

These easy to install doorbells can allow you to see who is at your door whether you are home or not. Through connective technology, a small camera can take a motion-activated video of your front door right in your doorbell. This allows you to see who is there and what they are doing before you even answer the door.

You can get alerts right to your smartphone when your camera is activated. Through some systems, you can even talk to the person on video through your phone.

Good Deadbolt

Never underestimate the power of a good lock. Even the most talented lockpickers find a deadbolt lock to be a challenge. These tough bolts make it difficult for anyone to gain entry to your apartment even when using force.

Light Timer

One of the best ways to deter burglars is to convince them that someone is home even when you are out. By installing a simple light timer to a living room lamp you can set a schedule where the lights are on when you are not home.

Secure Sliding Doors

Even if your front lobby is secured by cameras and locks and management staff, you may still be at risk of burglary through your other entrances. It’s important to always keep your balcony or patio doors locked at all times. Installing a door jam in the track of your sliding doors is a great way to keep criminals out.

Display Security Stickers

You don’t have to shell out the cash for a whole complex security system to convince criminals that you are covered. All it takes is a strategically placed window sticker or sign that says that your property is being monitored or set with alarms. Burglars are looking for the easiest targets and if they believe that you have a full alarm system, it may be enough for them to look for another victim.


You don’t have to put up steel bars or wire fencing around your home to be protected from everyday threats. Get into the habit of locking all of your doors and windows and securing all of your entrances. Don’t give the advantage to the criminals that might be lurking around your home. Use some of these security tips to lock down your apartment and keep you safe from burglary.