Ways to Improve Security in Your Apartment Building

The security systems in rental complexes are more likely to be breached compared to single-family homes.

According to these concerning statistics, criminals are bolder when it comes to apartment buildings as they expect lax security measures.

If you’re an apartment owner or manager, you can’t afford to take risks and fall into the category of properties targeted by intruders.

The thing is, with a lot of people coming and going through your building, you can’t tell when somebody is there to carry out surveillance for ill motives. And sure thing, your property is at risk once criminals find a weakness in your security system.

However, we’re living in an age where robust security systems are widely available, and you should take advantage of them.

Below we’ve shared some ways to improve security in your apartment building:

1.      Update Video Surveillance

Video surveillance is the biggest part of a security system as it plays multiple roles in keeping your property secure. It captures footage of what goes on at all times, eliminating any chance of secret activity.

So if your apartment building doesn’t have surveillance cameras providing an all-rounded visual, there’s a huge risk of unlawful breaches.

The same goes for old camera models considering seasoned burglars can identify them and figure out how to bypass them.

Another problem with old or low-end surveillance cameras is that they may fail to provide you with quality images when something does happen.

It’s essential to invest in exceptional camera models as they discourage intruders from attempting a break-in while giving you complete and quality visuals.

2.      Review Your Alarm System

How long have you been using your alarm system?

This is important because every year sees innovations and advancements in alarm technology.

Remember, with tech advancements, intruders get smarter as well, which is why experts keep coming up with new ways of making alarms more effective and reliable.

Therefore, if your building still uses an outdated alarm unit that has been around for years, it’s time to get rid of it because it’s a huge disadvantage.

You’ll even notice the difference in the level of protection once you install the latest smart system.

3.      Hire Security Officers

Residential buildings without the presence of security personnel are usually unattractive to tenants. This is especially true of families who genuinely expect that extra layer of security for their safety and that of their belongings.

If your apartment complex doesn’t have security officers, you need to consider bringing them in.

You may have all systems in place and up-to-date, but they can never really replace human presence.

Usually, the mere presence of guards is enough to discourage troublemakers.

Special Security Services offers more info on what goes into hiring security officers and the level of protection you may be looking for.

4.      Enhance the Lighting

Lighting can be a problem in apartment complexes if there’s no one in place to check and maintain bulbs all over the building regularly.

Many tenants face this common issue: dark spots, which are a huge security risk as intruders tend to use these less-lighted areas to their advantage.

When places like parking lots, hallways, and other common areas are not well lighted, theft or vandalism can easily occur.

Try getting rid of dark spots and replace dull light fixtures with powerful ones, as this will keep all areas in the building safe and accessible.

5.      Introduce Visitor Management System

A visitor management system is one of those things you just can’t ignore because it may end up saving you a ton in losses.

You see, lots of people come and go in residential properties, and it isn’t easy to keep track of who belongs where. If you’re not careful, someone can walk straight off the streets and into the building.

When you have a visitor management system in place, a scenario like the one we’ve mentioned doesn’t happen.

For instance, you could have residents use keycards and visitors ringing into specific units before entering the building.


Apartment buildings can be easy targets because residents usually don’t get into each other’s business. This makes the place feel alienated even with all the people around.

However, when you introduce security systems and keep them up-to-date, it becomes difficult for someone to take advantage of these weaknesses.

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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