When you’re living on your own in college, you may have a few trepidations about how safe you are. Even if you have roommates and there’s a buff guy who lives next door, that doesn’t mean your apartment can’t be broken into. Even if it’s college housing, many burglars like to come in and steal laptops and
wallets lying around. And if you’re living on the cheap as a student, money is scarce and being robbed could be fatal to your financial stability. That said, know how to be safe and secure at MSU apartments by following these tips and suggestions.
It goes without saying that you should keep all doors of your apartment locked when you are not home. This includes your front door, back door, balcony, sliding glass door, and so on. Even if you are home, you might rest more assured if you lock your doors. If you have a deadbolt, lock it while you’re away and twist it shut when you and your roomies are asleep at night. Remember to track your roommates and know whether they are home or not. It’s easy to assume your roommates are home and leave your door unlocked. You should also communicate with your roommates to ensure that no one gets locked out. If you live in the city where crime rates are high, you may want a lock that comes with a chain. When unwanted visitors show up, you can open the door just a crack and still be secure due to this lock. A peephole can also help you screen anyone who knocks on your door. It’s also worth noting that you should keep your key on your person at all times. Don’t let it get into
the wrong hands. Don’t leave spare keys in obvious spots that any burglar would know how to get to. If you’re apartment hunting, you may want to find a place with an automated lock that requires a code to get in and out. This way you don’t have to carry around a key. Keep in mind that you should memorize your code and not leave it on a post-it out in the open. Make sure your manager changes up the code every couple of semesters to avoid previous tenants from breaking in.
It’s important to pay attention to your surroundings and to practice common sense at MSU apartments. If you see any suspicious people around, contact your manager or even call the police. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Of course, do not invite any strange people into your home. For emergency situations, it’s good to have someone nearby who you can call. Make friends with that big guy next door so he can help you out in a pinch. When you leave your apartment, you should not leave notes on the front door to your friends saying you’re out. This could be an invitation to a robber to come right in. If you can, make it seem like you’re home at all times. If you work late hours, set timers on your lamps to be on during certain times of the night. Turn on the radio if you’re absent for long periods of time. Don’t draw attention to your possessions and how much money you have. Don’t make your flat screen TV visible through the window; this causes a glare anyway. Don’t leave your full name on your door or the nameplate in front of the building. Robbers can pretend to know your name and use this against you.