Off-Grounds Services: Safety
Your personal safety is of utmost importance. Your landlord is obligated by law to provide certain safety features in your rental unit.
Be sure to look for:
- a deadbolt lock for each main entry door
- smoke detectors in all bedrooms, in common areas of all apartments and on every floor of a single family house
- fire extinguishers available on every floor of an apartment building, each displaying a current inspection tag
Any broken or malfunctioning doors or windows should be reported to your landlord immediately. This is a safety issue to you and everyone else in the building. A call to the landlord or the maintenance department for repairs should always be followed up in writing and dated, and you should keep a copy.
Some other personal safety tips:
- Do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 if there is an emergency.
- Do not walk alone at night; always walk in well-lighted, open areas.
- Have your door key in your hand as you approach your entry.
- Close your shades/drapes after dark.
- Don't advertise your class or work schedule.
- Get to know your neighbors. Look out for them and they'll look out for you.
- Stay sober and coherent. Persons under the influence are much more likely to be the victim of a serious crime or accident.
One of the most important things you can do is to be proactive about your personal safety.
Please use this Safety Checklist as a guide for ensuring your personal safety in your home. These are just some of the steps you can take to decrease the likelihood that you or your home is targeted.