What to ask about apartment parking lot security

by Tom Simplot

Mar 1, 2015

We all know someone who was the victim of a car break-in. Small crimes can certainly shake you up, and they are an inconvenience. You could be the target of an auto break-in whether you live in a single family home or an apartment community.

There are things you can do to prevent these crimes and keep yourself safe.

In almost every case, you are responsible for the security of your car in an apartment community.

Here are a few safety questions to ask your apartment manager or rental owner:

  • What kind of security does the apartment-management company have for the parking areas?
  • Is there a guard or security staff person on site? Can they walk you to and from parking if requested?
  • Is there enough light at night for you in common areas and in the parking lots?
  • Is there a security camera in the parking area?
  • Is there a gated parking area? Who has access to that area?

You can be proactive and prevent criminals for targeting your car with a few simple steps:

  • Always roll up the windows and close the sunroof when leaving your vehicle.
  • Lock your car doors as soon as you leave your vehicle. Set the car alarm.
  • Don’t leave your vehicle unlocked when you are unloading groceries or kids.
  • Avoid parking in unlit or isolated areas.

If you are the victim of a car break-in, notify your apartment manager. They can help you notify police and may take a report of the incident as well.