Thursday, June 29, 2017

About 11M sf of industrial space has vanished in NYC. Here’s what happened to it

By Eddie Small | June 28, 2017 02:01PM
New York City lost more than 11 million square feet of industrial space to rezonings between 2007 and 2016, according to a new report.
Although several large rezonings of manufacturing space in the city went into effect during the early 2000s, millions of industrial square feet have also been rezoned over the past decade, an analysis by Ariel Property Advisors found. Some properties been transformed into residential lofts and offices, but a surprising amount remains vacant — about 2.3 million square feet.
The majority of these rezonings in the last decade took place in Manhattan, which lost 4.54 million square feet of industrial space across 230 lots, and Brooklyn, which lost 4.12 million square feet across 454 lots, the data show. Queens lost 1.28 million square feet of industrial space across 368 lots, while the Bronx lost 1.05 million square feet across 124 lots, and Staten Island lost just 63,519 square feet across 15 lots, according to the report.
Ariel Property Advisors also examined how much of this industrial space was replaced with residential space.
Brooklyn led the way in how much residential space was gained from the loss of industrial space with 2.74 million square feet across 117 lots, according to the report. Manhattan was next with 1.58 million square feet across 64 lots, followed by Queens with 490,000 square feet across 42 lots, the Bronx with 570,000 square feet across nine lots and Staten Island with 2,730 square feet across two lots.
In some cases, once the industrial building saw the wrecker, nothing replaced it. Of the 2.3 million square feet of formerly industrial space that became vacant, 1.6 million square feet of it was found in Brooklyn.
“Maybe people had plans to build up something else. In the meantime, they got rid of whatever industrial property was there, and now there’s nothing,” said Aryeh Orlofsky, head of research at Ariel Property Advisors.
Prominent examples of rezonings in the last decade include:
  • 262 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, which was rezoned from industrial to residential in 2010 as part of the redevelopment of the Domino Sugar Factory. Workers demolished an 889,000-square-foot industrial building on the site that is being transformed into a mixed-use building.
  • 26-01 1st Street in Astoria, which was rezoned from manufacturing to residential in 2013. A 52,825-square-foot building was demolished as part of the Durst Organization’s Hallets Point project. The mixed-use building is expected to be 22 stories tall with 224 apartments, and the company broke ground on the site in January of last year.
  • 1560 Boone Avenue in Claremont, which was rezoned from industrial to residential in 2011. A 65,850-square-foot industrial building was demolished, but the site is currently vacant with no filed development plans.
  • 20 Jay Street in Dumbo, which was rezoned from manufacturing to mixed-use in 2009. The 460,000-square-foot industrial building has since been converted into a high-profile office building that is owned by Two Trees Management.  Tenants include Brooklyn Digital Foundry, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the DUMBO Improvement District
  • 636 11th Avenue in Manhattan, where a 480,000-square-foot candy factory was transformed into an office building. The zoning change occurred in 2011, and the space is now the New York headquarters of international advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather.
Ariel Property Advisors put together its report by comparing New York City planning and land use data (called PLUTO) between 2016 and 2007, counting lots where the building class changed from industrial to anything else. It also tabulated lots that showed a decrease in total industrial building area.
PLUTO data is a useful but imperfect way to analyze the amount of changing industrial space in the city, since it does not always account for mixed-use or vacant buildings. A previous study commissioned by the city found that manufacturing space throughout the five boroughs decreased by 855 acres from 2002 to 2012 due to rezonings.
Ariel Property Advisors’ Brett Campbell was surprised to see that Manhattan lost the largest amount of industrial square footage between 2007 and 2016, saying he did not realize the borough had that much industrial space to lose.
The Bronx, on the other hand, saw a comparatively low amount of industrial space converted, which the report attributed to the lack of an established condominium market and relatively cheap rents in the borough.
“There’s just a lot of demand for industrial space up there,” Campbell said, “so it’s probably more lucrative for someone to just keep the building as industrial and rent it out to an industrial tenant than to try to convert it into something else.”
But this is starting to change.
“People who are forward thinking and aware of the opportunities are starting to take that step,” said Orlofsky, “but until prices are established, and it makes sense to do that, you won’t see the numbers up very high.”

Monday, June 26, 2017

City Urges Developers to Build Office Buildings in East New York

The city has launched an initiative to attract developers who want to build new office projects in East New York, Brooklyn, which was rezoned last year as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to build and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation released a request for proposals today seeking firms that want to build new office space or substantially renovate an existing commercial building in the working class neighborhood. The city’s Human Resources Administration is looking for 250,000 square feet in the area, but it will commit to leasing anywhere from 50,000 to 300,000 square feet in a building, functioning as an anchor tenant. Ideally, the agency would fill no more than 50 percent of the project, according to the RFP. It’s looking for a 20-year lease, with renewal options of five years each. The proposal is meant to support the mayor’s newly released jobs plan, which aims to create 100,000 “good-paying” jobs in the next ten years.
While the city might consider mixed-use developments with apartments, “the real goal is to catalyze as much private sector office space in East New York as possible,” said EDC spokesman Anthony Hogrebe. “We believe there is some interest in building commercial space in East New York, and having an anchor tenant is one of the biggest obstacles to doing that.”
Hogrebe said the city would be willing to help developers secure financing for a commercial project. HRA would enter into a lease agreement with the property owner before construction begins, and it could occupy one or multiple buildings.
Real estate values in the hood have heated up since the city kicked off the rezoning process in 2015. But building new office space is a tall order in an area where residential development struggles to get off the ground without financial incentives and zoning bonuses from the city.
Experts who know the market say the city would have to be willing to relax zoning requirements and offer commercial tax breaks.
“East New York has a lot of commercially zoned land that is under-utilized because of certain parking requirements needed for office development,” said Michael Hernandez, an associate vice president who handles industrial and office sales at TerraCRG. “If the city can help with parking requirements and with being an anchor tenant, it’s going to be great, especially with the residential rezoning that just took place there. It’ll give more commercial developers more incentive to take on these projects in East New York.”
Other brokers wondered if developers would be able to find parcels in the area large enough to accommodate half a million square feet of commercial development.
“It’s hard to identify a lot that would give you the amount of FAR [floor area ratio] you would need,” said Jonathan Berman, a director of investment sales at Ariel Property Advisors. “I don’t know where you would fit all that square footage in. You need to be near a subway, and you need a big footprint. In northern East New York, the only area I can think of is where Conduit [Boulevard] spills into Atlantic Avenue.”
Timothy King, a managing partner at CPEX Real Estate, said the city might have to consider using eminent domain to assemble a large site. He compared the East New York development proposal to MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn, which the city created by seizing 16 acres worth of private property through eminent domain.  
“When the city decided to rezone parts of Downtown Brooklyn and create a special zoning district, and Metrotech was built, the idea was to relocate office tenants from high priced Manhattan real estate to here,” he explained. “It was a struggle at first, but eventually it took off.”
When the city struck a deal with Forest City Ratner to develop MetroTech, city agencies agreed to help anchor the sprawling commercial complex. Some still occupy the project, including the New York City College of Technology (aka City Tech) and the New York City Fire Department.
And King noted that it will generate huge economic benefits for the neighborhood, creating jobs and attracting more retail and services.
“In year one or two it may still be a backwater, and employees may not be crazy about going there because there aren’t lots of services or amenities,” he said. “But as thousands of workers occupy the space, there will start to be shopping and dining. You’ll start to see retail of all types coming in. There will be dozens of landlords and developers scrambling to have something near this—a fast food restaurant, a doc in a box, a shoe store that people who work and live there can take advantage of.”

Friday, June 23, 2017

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Seven NYC Landlords Paving The Way For Innovative Office Buildings

New York City is already one of the United States' most sustainable cities, according to Arcadis' sustainable city index. Thanks to the ingenuity of several prominent landlords, it is also on the path to becoming the best connected. As smart building technology, high-speed internet and luxury amenities become the norm, commercial properties have had to adapt to changing consumer needs. 



Bisnow and WiredScore, the creator of the Wired Certification commercial real estate rating system that empowers landlords to understand, improve and promote their buildings' digital infrastructure, have compiled a list of seven NYC landlords bringing innovation and a tenant-centric focus to their properties.

Rudin Management has achieved Wired Certification for 16 buildings across New York City including: 3 Times Square, 32 Avenue of the Americas, 55 Broad and 641 Lexington. The company has also built a reputation as a leader in smart building technology. Rudin founded Prescriptive Data, the property technology company behind Nantum, an intelligent, mobile, machine-learning system that integrates all building operations using prescriptive and predictive analytics. Nantum is designed to optimize building systems and improve tenant comfort. It functions as the “brain” of the building, ingesting sensor data to build a holistic view of the property in real time. 

Rudin Management has deployed Nantum in 17 of its New York City buildings, including 15 commercial buildings and two residential towers. Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President John J. Gilbert is also a member of the WiredScore Connectivity Advisory Committee. Gilbert and other committee members contribute their learning and experience to help push the global CRE community forward in adopting technologically advanced building design.  

Edward J. Minskoff Equities oversees all phases of its properties from financing, design and development to management and leasing. This approach allows it to deliver premier buildings to the market and guarantee a high level of tenant service and satisfaction. Minskoff Equities currently boasts three Wired Certified Platinum properties and one Wired Certified Gold building in NYC.  At one of Minskoff Equities' Platinum-certified buildings, 590 Madison, Colony Northstar signed a 40K SF lease. It is the first over $100/SF relocation larger than 25K SF in the Plaza District since 2014.

Jack Resnick & Sons has achieved Wired Certification for 11 of its office holdings in Manhattan, with all the properties meeting Gold or Platinum standards. They were also early adopters of Wired Certification, demonstrating a vision for improving the connectivity of NYC’s office inventory and delivering better wireless infrastructure to commercial tenants. “Today’s commercial tenants have critical connectivity needs with respect to bandwidth, reliability and redundancy, and if a building doesn’t meet their standards, they’ll seek out a property that does,” Resnick & Sons President Jonathan Resnick said. 

“As a true broadband connectivity benchmark, Wired Certification helps us differentiate and market our buildings to attract and retain elite tenants.” In the past 12 months, Resnick & Sons has announced new anchor tenants and tenant expansions at Wired Certified properties 880 Third Ave., 250 Hudson St. and 315 Hudson St.

Equity Office is a forward-thinking company with an eye to the future and a finger on the pulse of the needs of today’s tenants. All four of Equity’s properties in New York City have achieved Wired Certified Platinum status: Park Avenue Tower, 1740 Broadway, 44 Wall St. and 114 West 41st St. At 1740 Broadway, Equity focused on creating pre-built spaces that boast high-quality finishes, exposed ceilings, polished concrete floors and open pantries. Arcade Beauty, a marketing and sampling solution for fragrance, beauty and personal care brands, signed a 10-year, 10K SF lease at the office building, attracted by the renovated space.

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/new-york/news/office/seven-nyc-landlords-paving-the-way-for-innovative-office-buildings-75645?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser 

Monday, June 19, 2017

New York City Should Grade Buildings on Energy Efficiency

As President Trump retreats from his predecessor’s efforts to tackle climate change, it is more important than ever that our cities and states develop tools to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for the planet’s warming. In New York City, this means first and foremost cutting energy use in buildings, which accounts for over two-thirds of the city’s emissions.


A simple tweak to an existing law could help the city reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and create a template for the rest of the country to follow. Local Law 84, enacted in 2009, obligates the city’s largest buildings to report how much energy they consume each year. Participating buildings then receive scores indicating how efficient (or inefficient) they are compared to similar buildings.
But almost no one sees the data. The ratings are posted on a government website that few people know about and are charted on a 100-point scale that is difficult to interpret. Seven years into the program, even many experienced real estate brokers are unaware the data exists.
That would change under legislation awaiting action in City Council. The measure would require buildings to publish their energy efficiency ratings more effectively, a step that has improved energy efficiency elsewhere. Unfortunately, the bill has been languishing in the Council for months, even though energy disclosure laws like Local Law 84 rely on transparency to work.
If buyers and renters value energy efficiency, or at least the savings on utility bills that come with it, improving the disclosure of energy-performance information should help increase demand for high scoring properties and encourage investments and upgrades in others. But this approach breaks down when the information is not effectively disseminated.
So how can New York City do a better job of communicating the energy benchmarking scores?
A policy in place throughout the European Union offers a guide. New York should translate the current numerical scores into a more intuitive letter grading system and require that the grades be included in real estate advertisements. Building owners should also be required to post their grades on site, just as restaurants must post their health grades.
New York would be the first American city to require such broad publication.
Under this approach, buildings with modern heating systems, tightly sealed windows, and lights that dim as the sun peaks would receive an A, and would display the grade in plain sight. Buildings that have resisted energy upgrades would receive a failing mark and would also have to display their poor grades for all prospective buyers and renters to see.
The European experience suggests that this approach could lead to efficiency improvements. In 2010, the European Union amended its building energy disclosure law to require that all advertisements offering properties for sale or rent include an energy performance grade. The amendments also increased the number of buildings required to display their efficiency grades on-site.
Since that law was enacted, studies of various property markets in the union have found that buildings with higher energy grades command price premiums. In Denmark, for instance, properties with high grades have sold for an average of 10.1 percent more than low-rated properties. For Danish consumers, viewing energy grades early in their search for a new home seems to have made a big difference.
The idea that a building or advertisement for a building should be required to display energy information is far from revolutionary. The federal government requires that advertisements for appliances include Energy Star ratings, and cars in showrooms display stickers with their miles-per-gallon performance. And New York City, of course, obliges restaurants to display their health grades in a window even though it also posts the information online. Why should something as important as the energy benchmarking data be treated differently?
Some landlords in the city have fought broader publication of those scores in the past. Building owners leasing space to certain energy-intensive tenants like data centers and trading floors have been especially vocal, complaining that they should not be penalized for the type of tenant they house. But this concern should not impede progress, because the city can exclude buildings with certain energy-intensive tenants or create a specially tailored grading system for them.
After the City Council passed Local Law 84 eight years ago, other cities followed its example. At least a dozen, from Boston to San Francisco to Kansas City, have enacted energy benchmarking ordinances since. Now New York City can again lead the country in developing innovative climate policy by requiring owners of big buildings to disclose their energy efficiency ratings in meaningful ways.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Guardian Security Employee Of The Month

Guardian is proud to recognize its outstanding team members! As such, please help us recognize and congratulate Gladys Dominguez, a Security employee picked by the management team as June Employee of the Month! 


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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

HEALTH AND SAFETY IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE GUARDIAN BUSINES

At Guardian, we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all colleagues, suppliers, clients and visitors. This is achieved by ensuring that all employees are provided with the information, training and supervision they need to perform their job in a safe manner. 


An example, Matthew Bressler our in-house OSHA trainer leads a seminar entitled "The Business Case For Safety," for one of our New Jersey clients yesterday afternoon.

HEALTH AND SAFETY IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE GUARDIAN BUSINES

Guardian takes Health & Safety very seriously and all its operations are delivered within the framework of an OSHA.
Guardian adopts an approach that seeks to continuously improve its health and safety culture and provision. It places a great emphasis on education, trying to eradicate the culture of health and safety simply as a ‘process’ which must be adhered to, and to embed a culture of understanding. This involves employees understanding the consequences of their actions, or of inaction, and demonstrating the effects this can have on their own wellbeing, or that of other stakeholders. As a rapidly growing company Guardian is continually assimilating new staff into the company culture, and impressing upon them the importance of safe working practices.

SUCCESSFUL HEALTH AND SAFETY INITIATIVES

Guardian has several ongoing health and safety initiatives, which include creating a Quality, Health & Safety and Environment (QHSE) supplement to a revised employee handbook, health and safety training, a consultation process, an awareness campaign and a new accident and incident reporting channel.

ALWAYS BE CAREFUL (ABC) CAMPAIGN

Guardian is launching a poster and email health and safety awareness campaign which will communicate through a concerted campaign of training, backed up with email flyers and posters.

HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING

A program of additional health and safety training aimed at site managers, supervisors and area managers (and above) is currently being rolled out across the business. The intention is that all site managers and team supervisors will undertake an OSHA 10 hour & 30 hour health and safety awareness course.

HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY


The company’s written health and safety policy is reviewed and updated annually, in accordance with OSHA, the world’s foremost standards authority. Resources and training are provided to support compliance to legal and other requirements relating to the health and safety management system. Implementation of procedures and policies is the responsibility of Human Resources supported by the QHSE team who have subject matter expertise in each of the sectors Guardian works in.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Recycling for Businesses

All businesses in New York City are required to recycle certain materials and ensure to the best of their ability that those recyclable materials are properly handled by their private carter.
The City published new business recycling rules in the City Record on February 5, 2016, and mailed official notices outlining the requirements to all businesses. If your business did not receive an official notice or would like to receive training on the new rules, please visit the business resource page.
Learn more about managing business waste such as hiring a carter, handling special waste, and set-out rules.

What to Recycle: Textiles, Yard and Food Waste
Some businesses that generate textile, yard and/or food waste must separate and recycle those materials. If your business does not meet the minimum threshold described below, DSNY still encourages you to limit the amount of waste your business sends to landfills by investigating how to reduce, reuse, or recycle all materials.
Textiles
If textiles make up more than 10% of your business’s waste during any month, you are required by law to separate and recycle all textile waste, including fabric scraps, clothing, belts, bags, and shoes. You may be eligible for a free NYC textile recycling program; visit the refashionNYC page for more details.
Yard or Plant Waste
If yard or plant waste makes up more than 10% of your business’s waste during any month, you are required by law to separate and recycle all yard and plant waste, including grass clippings, garden debris, leaves and branches. This material must be set out separately from all other material.
Food Waste
Certain large, food-waste generating establishments are required by law to separate organic waste for beneficial use. Find out if you qualify. This material must be set out separately from all other material.

How to Recycle and Avoid Violations
Contract with a licensed private carter and develop a plan for how waste will be collected and set out for your building. If your building management handles waste, work with them to be sure your business complies with their plan and the City’s recycling rules. The plan should comply with one of the following types of recycling collection: source-separated collection, co-collection, or single-stream collection.
NOTE: It is never, under any circumstances, permitted for recyclable material to be collected in the same bag with garbage or be placed in the same compartment of a truck or container with garbage.
  • Your business must post a sign identifying all carters you might utilize and what material they collect. For recyclables, the sign must indicate how those recyclables are collected: source-separated, co-collected, or single-stream. This sign should be posted in a window or somewhere visible from outside the building.
  • If your business prefers to transport your own recyclables, a registration must be obtained from the NYC Business integrity Commission (BIC).
  • Property owners and building management must notify tenants, at least annually, about the recycling and waste management policies of the building. Policies must be compliant with NYC rules and a copy of this notification must be available upon request by DSNY.
Set up customer and staff disposal areas.
  • All containers must have a label stating what material type the container is being used to collect.
  • All recyclable material must be kept separate from garbage at all times. Please refer to the next tab for more information.
  • Post and maintain signs in public, staff, maintenance and waste storage areas describing how recyclables and garbage should be separated.
Tips
Read more here - http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/zerowaste/businesses/recycling-for-businesses.shtml

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Best Way to Cool Your Space


Summer is nearly here, and your home will soon be heating up. But just the thought of looking for a new air-conditioner is enough to make you break out in a sweat. How do you know which one to buy, and how it will affect your energy bill? What if your apartment building doesn’t allow window units? Not to worry: We’ve done the research for you.


The key to comfort and savings is finding the unit that fits your space. An air-conditioner that isn’t powerful enough won’t effectively cool your home and could end up inflating your power bill. One that is too powerful will work too quickly, shutting off before most of the humidity has been removed, leaving your place cool but clammy. And all that cycling on and off can stress the equipment and shorten its life span.

Energy efficiency is another factor: The energy efficiency ratio (EER) is a measure of how well a cooling system will operate when the temperature outside is 95 degrees. Look for an air-conditioner with an Energy Star label, indicating that it is more efficient than required by government standards. But remember that no matter how efficient your air-conditioner is, you won’t get the most for your money — or be as comfortable as you could be — if your home is not properly sealed and insulated.

With all of that in mind, here are some guidelines to help you find the right air-conditioner for your home.

CENTRAL AIR Central air-conditioning is the most popular type of cooling system in the United States. More than 75 percent of households with a cooling system use central air, according to the latest data from the United States Energy Information Administration.

But New York City is one of the big outliers. The reason: Its building stock is older than that of most major American cities, according to estimates by the Department of Buildings, with about three-quarters of the buildings constructed before 1960 — in other words, before central air-conditioning became popular. Retrofitting older apartments with central air means installing a condenser outside the home, a fan-and-coil system inside and ducts to distribute the cooled air. That’s not cheap, and it requires space, a resource lacking in many New York City apartments.

“It is very tricky to retrofit a building that was built without air-conditioning,” said Andrew Gerringer, the managing director for new business development at the Marketing Directors, a New York development, leasing and marketing company. “Buildings that have installed it” — including, he noted, some apartments at 190 Riverside Drive and Manhattan House at 200 East 66th Street — “have done so through great expense and aggravation.”

Even if you are willing to give up a closet to install a central air system in your prewar apartment, your building may not allow you to put a condenser on the roof. And retrofitting an apartment built without ductwork could be prohibitively expensive. In the best-case scenario — where you don’t have to run a pipe through your neighbor’s kitchen ceiling to get to your compressor — installing or replacing a whole-house system can cost, on average, from $2,650 to as much as $15,000, according to Fixr.com, a site that tracks home improvement costs.

Another consideration: Most central air systems lack room-by-room control, so if you want to cool the bedroom while you’re sleeping, you’ll have to cool the rest of your home, too. Still, because the ducts and mechanical components are built in, effectively hidden within the walls, floors or attic, central air is the most discreet option.

If you decide it’s right for you, check out Consumer Reports’ buying guide for reliability by brand and be sure to consider the system’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), which measures how efficiently a central air-conditioner operates over an entire season (like the energy efficiency ratio, the higher the number, the better).

For the full story, click here - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/realestate/the-best-way-to-cool-your-space.html 


Thursday, June 1, 2017

7 Apartment Security Tips to Consider This Spring and Summer


As temperatures begin to rise and you’re excited for the warmer seasons ahead, it’s still a good idea to remain vigilant with your apartment security. Spring and summer might be a tempting time to leave the windows in your apartment cracked open while you’re away at work or to document your every spring break activity via photos posted on social media. But, neither of these actions are good ideas because you’re opening yourself up to potential theft.
Here are seven security tips to consider to help protect your apartment and valuables this spring and summer.

1. Use Outdoor Lighting and Timers

Does your apartment come with an outdoor light? If so, you may want to consider turning it on each night. This lighting may help deter potential burglars from your place, says Apartment Therapy. Some apartment buildings also try to keep walkways, parking areas and courtyards well lit. If you notice a light is out, or there’s an area that may benefit from some additional lighting, notify your landlord right away, says the Insurance Information Institute (III).
And, when you’re away from your apartment — particularly if you’re heading out of town for some time — consider installing timers to power a light or two, or a TV, to help give the appearance that someone is home, says the III.

2. Install a Security System

If your apartment doesn’t already come with a security system, you may want to talk to your landlord about having one installed, says Apartment Therapy. There are many kits you and your landlord can look into purchasing that do not require an invasive installation. You may be able to simply hang the devices in your place without much hassle. Some of these systems may also be able to be controlled by a smartphone. So, you can have the extra peace of mind of checking in on your home while you’re away.

3. Store Important Valuables in a Safety Deposit Box

To help protect important documents like a Social Security card or precious jewelry like your grandmother’s pearl earrings, you may want to consider getting a safety deposit box at a local bank to give yourself another level of security in case of a potential burglary in your apartment, adds Loyola University Chicago.
If there are some items you still want to keep in your apartment but you want to restrict access to, it may be a good idea to look into getting a safe, says Apartment Therapy.

4. Keep Spring Break Plans Off Social Media

When you’re on vacation, it can be tempting to share those memories and experiences on social media. However, you may want to hold off on posting until you’re back. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, these postings may be a sign to potential burglars that no one is home.

5. Get to Know Your Neighbors

To help report any suspicious activity around your apartment complex, it may help to get to know your neighbors a little bit, says the the III. You may be able to watch out for one another and notice when someone or something is out of the ordinary.

6. Always Lock Doors and Windows

According to the Baltimore County Police Department, most burglaries are likely the result of unlocked doors and windows. If you’re running down to get the mail or up to the rooftop deck to enjoy a fresh breeze, the last thing you want is to return to your apartment to find your valuables have been stolen. Keep all doors and windows locked, and make sure there’s a security bar in sliding patio doors or windows, says the III. Work with your landlord or the apartment complex’s management company to make sure exterior doors and those to common areas, laundry rooms, etc., are also kept secure, says Zillow.

7. Be Aware of ‘Deception Crimes’

Deception burglars are criminals who masquerade as contractors, utility workers, or some other type of professional repairman to take advantage of unsuspecting residents, says the Baltimore County Police Department. Be cautious of anyone coming to your door asking to make repairs, or requesting for access to your apartment for any reason. Request identification and call the company to get authorization before you ever consider allowing someone in, the Baltimore County Police Department advises. They also suggest keeping an eye out for similarly suspicious activity in the neighborhood, such as:
  • Unmarked trucks with out-of-state license plates.
  • Workers with no identification cards.
  • Workers offering special deals and bargains.
A bit of caution may go a long way in helping protect your place and all your stuff. But if you feel like you need additional advice, or some tips that are specific to your unit, considering speaking with your landlord or your apartment complex’s management company for more help.
https://blog.allstate.com/7-apartment-security-tips-to-consider-this-spring-and-summer/