Getting a great apartment is only the first part of your work to become established in a city the size of Sacramento. When you start out, you may not have a lot, but you want to make sure you have a strong base to keep what you do have. Your safety and the security of your possessions are of paramount importance. The following are some ways to keep your person and property safe from harm.
Require Good Locks
When you shop for Sacramento apartments, pay careful attention to how many doors and how many locks keep any passing person from getting to your potential place. No matter how affordable an apartment might be, it’s not worth your time and money if the landlord doesn’t care about security. Don’t be afraid to go elsewhere if the place’s locks and doors aren’t up to snuff.
Be Aware of the Area
As much as your apartment’s locks are important, the neighborhood you live in is even more so. Two different neighborhoods separated by only a few blocks can have massive differences in their crime statistics. Before you even move into an apartment, you have both the right and the responsibility to know what you’re getting yourself into. Some neighborhoods are great, some are good and some might give you pause. Knowing which one you’ll potentially be living in is an important step.
Meet Your Neighbors
Being a friendly and outgoing neighbor is about way more than just borrowing things and having people to hang out with when your friends are busy. A good neighborhood means that every neighbor watches out for each other. While you might be the world champion at karate and have a gun that you’re a crack shot with, those things won’t do your apartment any good if you’re off visiting relatives or you’re at work. Neighbors, on the other hand, can call the police the moment anything suspicious happens.
Do you have a lot of tech toys, nice clothes and other goodies that you’d like to keep? No matter what you do, sometimes theft happens. The easiest way to sidestep this problem is to make sure you have plenty of renter’s insurance. It isn’t expensive, and it can help you regain everything you’d lose if your apartment were ever broken into by some crook. If you have a decent laptop, protecting it alone is worth several years of having renter’s insurance. Plus, how much is a little peace of mind worth to you?
Your apartment is your base. You need your base to be a safe, secure place for yourself and your things. Every avenue you can take toward making it safer and more secure is worth trying. Go ahead and try all the good suggestions above.