Corp-Rental offers fully furnished, temporary apartments across West Texas and New Mexico, and we would like to offer these safety tips to make sure our guests are prepared for apartment living. While we do our best to offer the safest apartments in low-crime areas, all crime and emergencies cannot be prevented. These tips will help lessen the likelihood of you becoming a target, and will help you be prepared in the event of an emergency.
1. Purchase renter’s insurance
This will protect your belongings in the event of a fire, theft, or inclimate weather that may occur. It is also a good idea to inventory the description, serial number, and cost of your valuables. Take photos as well.
2. Lock your door
This may seem like common sense, but we’ve all done it. Never leave your door unlocked, even if you are just going to the mailbox, taking out the trash, or taking your dog for a short walk. Remember, criminals are looking for the easiest opportunity. Also, don’t leave a spare key outside under a door mat or potted plant. Not only are these ‘hiding’ places easily discovered, but this is also against most Apartment Community policies.
3. Never open your door to a stranger
Ask all utility/repair men to provide identification before opening the door. If there is no peephole, have the repairman slip the ID under the door so you can check it out. If you are still uncertain, call the telephone number on the badge to verify their information.
4. Check smoke detectors/alarms
Make sure they are functioning properly and that the batteries are still good. If your apartment does not have a smoke detector, or it is malfunctioning contact your apartment manager immediately.
5. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle
Because of the large amount of vehicles in one area, apartment parking lots are a target for vandalism. To avoid damage to your car, do not leave valuable items within visibility. Keep doors locked at all times and park in well lighted areas if possible.
6. Be aware of evacuation routes and information resources in the event a fire or natural disaster should affect your area
Area emergency planning information, local radio stations, and non-emergency police phone numbers are good things to have on hand.
Once again, Corp-Rental strives to provide housing options in safe, low-crime communities, and we are confident that these simple tips will go a long way to ensure your safety and well-being as a guest with us.