Home security is just as important for apartment dwellers as homeowners. Here are some apartment-safety tips from Intermatic, which makes security devices:
Don't depend on a chain lock to secure your door. Install a good-quality dead bolt lock with at least a one-inch bolt, and keep it locked at all times -- even when you're home.
When you move in, have the lock cylinders changed. (Check with the manager first.)
Install a peephole on your outside door.
Be cautious of solicitors and others who show up unannounced. Ask for an employee ID, or call the company to check the person's legitimacy. If the stranger doesn't cooperate, report him or her to police.
Cooperate with other tenants in keeping the outer main doors locked. Don't buzz strangers in.
Don't use your full name for the identification slot, mailbox or phone directory. Use initials and your last name, or use your last name alone.
Don't leave notes for the mail or paper carrier or the manager advertising your absence. When you're away, have a friend or another tenant pick up deliveries, or ask the post office to hold your mail.
Make sure common areas such as garages, stairways and recreation rooms have adequate lighting. If the areas have locking doors, make sure they stay locked.
Avoid using the laundry room alone, especially at night.
Secure sliding balcony doors with a security bar or a snug-fitting piece of wood laid in the bottom track.