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Before Renting an Apartment

 Promoting Personal Safety

Burglars can strike in any neighborhood. They are opportunistic and always on the lookout for open and unlocked doors. They are attracted to dwellings that are poorly maintained, obscured by landscaping or fencing, and out of sight or earshot of neighbors. The best way to minimize your chance of becoming a victim is to take sensible precautions. The following tips are offered by the City of Syracuse Police Department and the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety. They are designed to help you reduce your chances of becoming a crime victim. You may already be aware of some strategies, but others may be new to you. Use common sense. Do not let yourself become a victim of a crime!

In Your Apartment 

  • Keep your doors locked at all times. This is especially important when you are alone or sleeping, or the apartment is unoccupied (even if only for a few moments).  
  • Determine who is on the other side of the door before opening it. Have repair or service personnel show official identification and confirm their presence with the person requesting the service. Delivery persons should remain outside to await the person receiving the delivery.  
  • If you return home and something looks questionable (e.g. a slit screen, broken window, or open door), do not go inside. Call the Syracuse Police Department from a safe location.  
  • Be sure you have blinds or curtains on your windows to discourage window peepers. Always keep your windows covered at night and leave lights on in two or more rooms.  
  • Keep an updated inventory of your valuables by writing down the serial number and description of each item. Photographs should be taken of all valuables. Keep this information in a safe place.  
  • Be sure all outdoor lighting fixtures are in working condition. Ask your landlord to make immediate repairs.  
  • Turn your porch light on every night to make sidewalks more visible for pedestrians.  
  • Place items of value out of sight and in locked areas. Do not leave valuables unattended in common areas, such as laundry rooms and lounges.  
  • Ask your landlord to maintain and trim shrubbery