Now that the holidays are here, we want to take a few minutes to remind all of our tenants to enjoy the season, but to be safe. Â Renters are often more vulnerable to break-ins during the holidays since so many leave town to visit family and friends for extended period of time.
While we do everything on our end to ensure the safety of our tenants by installing secure door and window locks, well lit parking lots, and in some properties providing gated underground parking and keycard access, we encourage you to take a few minutes to do a security “audit” to diminish the chances of experiencing an unfortunate break-in or robbery during the holiday season.
Whether you are traveling for several days or just going out for an errand, take a few minutes to ensure that your home is secure against any intruders.Â
Here are some things to remember:
- The majority of apartment burglaries occur during the daytime when most people are away at work or at school. Burglaries also occur at night when there are obvious signs that no one is home.
- Most apartment burglars are looking for things that are small, expensive, and can easily be converted to cash. Items like cash, jewelry, guns, watches, laptop computers, and other small electronic devices are high on the list.
- More than 30% of all apartment burglars gained access through an open door or window. Ordinary household tools like screwdrivers, channel-lock pliers, small pry bars, and small hammers are most often used by burglars.
- The burglar’s selection process is simple. Choose an unoccupied apartment with the easiest access, the greatest amount of cover, and with the best escape routes. What follows is a list of suggestions to minimize your risk by making your home unattractive to potential burglars.
Be vigilant and follow these tips to deter criminals:
- Never hesitate to report any suspicious activity you may see in and around our properties (or on campus).Â Â Program these numbers into your phone and keep them somewhere visible so you can quickly call for help if needed (you can also call 911).Â University Police Station â€“ 541-682-8350 Â AfterÂ you report any suspicious activity to the police, report it to us by calling the von Klein Emergency # â€“ 541-686-0743
- Don’t leave a key underneath your door mat or a rock. Most intruders know all the hiding spots so instead, leave an extra key with a trusted neighbor.
- NEVER leave your apartment door unlocked,Â even if you are leaving for a few moments to obtain something from you car, get the mail or take out the trash. Someone lurking nearby could gain access quickly.
- Use a timerÂ (an inexpensive purchase from a hardware store) for radios, televisions and lights so that the home looks occupied. If you will be away for a while, notify a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your home.
- A well-lit area is one way to deter crime so keep a light on at night if possible.Â If you notice that a light is out on our property or parking lots, please notify our office.
- Do not leave valuable items visible in your home or car.Â Close your blinds at night and keep your car doors locked and park in well lighted areas if possible.
- Get to know your neighbors.Â Introduce yourself to them, get to know who they are and try look out for each other. If your neighbors know who you are, they are more likely to report possible criminal activity and get some help.
- Test and examine each latch, lock, window and door.Â Look to see if there are solid core doors, peep holes on entry doors, and securely fastened window locks.
- If there are sliding glass doors, invest in a secondary locking device– it can be as simple as a broom stick that prevents the door from opening or as complex as â€œCharley Barsâ€ pin-locking mechanisms or anti-lift measures to prevent the door from being lifted from the tracks.
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