Over the last decade, the percentage of Americans renting homes has risen by ten percent. Contributing factors range from lingering fears over the last housing crash, Millennials not buying houses, and growing numbers of Baby Boomers downsizing, apartment living is on the rise. This increase in the renter population represents an incredible opportunity for apartment property owners. To compete for tenants, many apartment and multi-family complex managers focus their budgets towards new amenities, aesthetic appeal, and events.
Of course, none of these things matter if your renters don’t feel safe and secure – and many don’t. For good reason. Both a survey of convicted burglars from ADT and a study done by the Bureau of Justice Statistics show that renters are more likely to experience break-ins than homeowners. Looking closer, apartment buildings with two to four units typically see the highest amount of burglaries. Combined, an apartment burglary takes place every 18 seconds in the United States. That’s 200 illegal entries per hour. Or 4,800 every single day. These statistics are alarming. If the security of your apartment or multi-family residential property isn’t a top concern yet, it should be.
As daunting as it may seem to keep employees and tenants, and their vehicles, residences, and possessions safe, you can deter theft. The effort begins by focusing on protecting what matters most and then enlisting the right resources.
Protect Your Residents
Perhaps you think front gates and door locks are enough to keep your residents safe. The truth is, a lock is of little consequence for someone who really wants in. What’s more? Common areas such as parking lots, courtrooms, and gyms are hotbeds for muggings. There are also blind spots like unlit corners and spaces covered by dark foliage to consider. Imagine how you would feel if a resident or guest was brutally attacked inside your apartment complex. Boots on the ground guard patrol backed by video monitoring can bring true peace of mind and ensure the safety of your residents.
Protect Your Property
One of the appeals of apartments is the fact that they are typically located close to public transportation and other amenities. The downside to the walkability is increased ‘foot traffic’ that inevitably will linger in and around your property. A monitored video surveillance system can alert your team of any trespassers and prevent vandalism before it ever occurs. It will also record any criminal activity that you can later share with the police if intervention is necessary. The good news is that this kind of behavior is much less likely to occur when intruders know that they’re being watched.
As the world feels more chaotic and less secure, clear evidence of safety is a very real selling point. If security is your priority, and you need to ensure you have the most modern and comprehensive solution on the market, contact GuardOne Security. We have the national scope, advanced technologies, and local presence to help you protect what matters most. From the parking lot to personal spaces, our full-scope guard services keep watch over doors, windows, entrances, stairways, common spaces, and any possible blind spots to keep your residents, guests, and staff safe.
Learn about all the ways that GuardOne Security works on the ground and virtually to secure every corner of your apartment complex. Visit GuardOne Security / Industries for more information.