A lot of people are very trusting, seriously. They’re simply too trusting, and it’s not a surprise that they end up being victimized later on. I know it sounds harsh, but at the end of the day, no matter how you look at the situation, they basically brought this on themselves.
The problem with trust is that sometimes, it makes common sense go away. That’s the biggest problem with trust. It’s a beautiful thing when people are very trusting, because it means that they were reared in a very loving and nurturing home, but you and I know, and everybody else knows that we live in a pretty wild world.
There are lots of people out there that are just only interested in themselves, and it doesn’t matter who they lie to. It doesn’t matter how much they steal. It doesn’t matter what kind of tricks are up their sleeves. It’s really all a matter of survival as far as those people go.
So if you go out there and you’re a very trusting person, and you sign up for a new apartment, it is very easy for you to think that since you’re a good person and you can be trusted, that basically everybody is just like you. Wrong.
You have to understand that people who victimize other people are looking for people like you. You are the perfect prey for these people, because at the end of the day they don’t trust other people. They couldn’t care less about other people. They just want what they have coming to them.
It’s all about them getting what they want, and it doesn’t matter how many people they hurt, and how many lives they shatter; it’s all about them. That’s the kind of world we live in, and if you think that just because you like the occupants of the new apartment that you have rented, think again.
Those people might come back, or more likely, people they know might come back. You may be thinking why would somebody give out keys to their apartment? There are many reasons. Maybe it’s an ex-girlfriend who used to live there. Maybe It’s an ex-boyfriend who just got out of jail.
There are so many reasons, and the problem is you don’t want to find out the hard way. So do yourself a big favor, ditch the overly trusting instinct, or at least set it aside temporarily, and take care of common sense. The most common sense and basic step that you could take is to change all the locks in your new apartment.
Luckily, the typical apartment setup only has one lock, and that’s the front door. This not only makes it cheaper for you, but it also saves you a tremendous amount of time and effort. So do yourself a big favor; turn this into a habit. The moment you sign the lease for a new apartment, start shopping for a new lock. Of course, there is a certain procedure for you to do this.
Follow the steps below:
Make sure you get the right size
Believe it or not, there are many different lock sizes on the market. Of course, a lot of this is standardized. Generally speaking, when it comes to the basic apartment door setup, there is really one standard size.
But you can’t assume this, because sometimes, apartments tend to be old, or they use weird hardware because the owner, for whatever reason, used a lock that is intended for a different type of door for your door. There’s just so many random things that can happen.
Maybe people did this to save money. Maybe they did it to save time. Whatever reason they may have for doing it, you have to deal with it right here, right now. So do yourself a big favor, take a look at the lock construction, pay attention to the size, and if you can, get the model number down.
Now here’s the problem: Just because you got the model number and the brand name, it doesn’t mean that that lock is still available. You have to understand that the door lock industry is just like any other industry. It thrives on innovation, so from time to time, product lines do change. A lot of the times product lines get phased out.
So ask for reasonable substitutes. In other words, the new product has the same specifications as the old lock. So this way, you can get the right lock with the right size, so you can change your locks quick and easy.
Get your building supervisor in the loop
It’s always a good idea to let the supervisor of your apartment building know what you are up to. Usually, they go by the title superintendent or supervisor. It doesn’t really matter what the title is, their job remains the same.
They’re supposed to keep their eye on the ball. They’re supposed to monitor the building, and in many cases, they’re supposed to provide repairs to a certain extent, so get them in the loop. It doesn’t hurt. When they know what you’re doing, they might even help you out, or give you some pieces of advice.
Whatever the case may be, if they are in the loop, the owner of the building wouldn’t think that you’re doing something that you shouldn’t be doing. That’s the last thing that you want to see happen. So make the whole door lock-changing experience as easy on yourself by getting advanced clearance, or at least notifying the people you need to notify.
Make sure to test out the lock extensively
One of the most common mistakes that I see people commit when they get new door locks for the apartment they just moved into, is to install the lock and test it once. Maybe they’re in a hurry. Maybe they just got better things to do. So what they do is they just install the lock, and test it once, and before they know it, the lock stops working.
In fact, in many cases, it jams in such a way that it’s easy to break into. Remember, people who are looking to burglarize you are not stupid. I know that’s the media portrayal that these people are just greedy and dumb, and that’s why they do what they do.
No, that’s not true. A lot of these people are actually quite intelligent, and if there is a jam in your lock, you can bet that they can exploit it. So instead of your lock protecting you, the fact that you installed this new lock and did not adequately test it, you’re actually compromising the security of your new apartment.
It’s as if you handed them the key; let’s put it that way. Pretty sad, right? So you don’t want to get victimized. The last thing that you want is to show up at your apartment, only to find that your doors been broken into, and before you get any deeper into your apartment, somebody points a gun at the back of your head. Talk about a nasty surprise. Talk about learning your lesson in the worst way possible.
So please pay attention to what I just said above, because it can go a long way in helping you enjoy your new apartment in comfort and maximum safety.