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. If you mark any of the boxes "no", please consider taking action to improve the security in your home and your personal safety.