Residents want to live where they feel safe. Invest in small security upgrades that show safety is a top priority. Maintaining a safe community is one of the best things you can do to help attract residents and improve retention. Many safety products may seem like small additions, but they send a big message to families, seniors, and others that you put safety and security first.
1. Update Property Lighting
Well-lighted areas in hallways, stairwells, walkways, parking lots, mail areas, common areas, and laundry rooms can help prevent safety problems before they happen. Replace burned-out bulbs; install long-lasting, energy-efficient LED lighting; and add motion-sensor lighting to help keep your residents safe.
2. Replace Or Re-Key Door Locks
Residents come and go, so it can be challenging to keep up with all the keys that have been issued, loaned out, and returned over the years. A simple solution is to reduce the use of traditional keys. Consider electronic keypads that provide residents with a unique access code, Bluetooth-enabled locks that control locking/unlocking via the resident's smartphone, or SmartKey Security™ locks that can re-keyed in seconds without a locksmith.
3. Upgrade To Video Security
Video-enabled doorbells and plug-and-go cameras are becoming more popular, and safety-conscious residents may lean toward properties that proactively take security to the next level. Adding video security can help you build and maintain long-term trust and retain more residents.
4. Prioritize Fire Protection
Check the date on your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms today. Look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is indicated. The alarm should be replaced 10 years after the manufacture date (not the date of purchase). Many newer alarms have a built-in 10-year battery, but if your alarms still require batteries, make sure you change the batteries every six months.
5. Install Cordless Blinds
Uncovered windows and doors are often an invitation to unwanted problems that you and your residents do not want. When lowered and closed, cordless blinds give residents extra privacy when they're at home and help hide valuables and other belongings when they're not.