26 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Stay Safe! Advice for Rental Apartment Tenants in Ontario

When you look at the national crime figures, Ontario consistently comes out among the safest Canadian provinces.

If you live in Ontario this is good news but you should still take every possible precaution to avoid being a crime victim. People living in city apartments need to be especially careful because in multiple occupancy buildings it is difficult to keep track of who’s coming or going and who lives where.

Safety in apartments

Here are 10 hints and tips to help you stay safe in your Ontario rental apartment.

  1. Get renter’s insurance to protect your valuables. Record the description, serial number and cost of each valuable item. Take pictures of your most precious things and attach the photos to the receipts in case you need to make a claim. Keep a copy of your records online, in a fire-proof locked box, or in the bank.
  2. Make sure that the apartment locks have been changed since the previous occupant moved out.
  3. Your Ontario apartment front door should have a peephole viewer. If necessary, ask the landlord to install one.
  4. Always lock the door even when you are just popping out for a few minutes.
  5. Never advertise the fact you are away from home. For example, don’t leave notes for friends or delivery companies.
  6. Do not put your full name on your nameplate, especially if you are a single woman living alone.
  7. Never leave a spare key anywhere outside your Ontario apartment.
  8. Buy timers and set them so that your lights (or a radio) turn on when you’re away from home in the evening.
  9. Take in your newspapers and packages every day. Cancel newspapers when you go away
  10. Don’t “buzz” people up unless you know them well or are expecting them. If you don’t know them, then ask for some identification. It is best to be safe!
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