All exterior doors should be checked for adequate security.
When moving into a new apartment, have all locks re-keyed. This can be done by a licensed locksmith and is relatively inexpensive.
Deadbolt locks should be installed on all exterior doors. The tenant usually absorbs the cost. If possible, do not master key these locks to management locks because master keying defeats the security of a lock. The manager of the building can be given a key in a sealed envelope to be used for emergencies only, not for such things as repairs, exterminators, etc.
Don't advertise that you are a woman living alone. Use your first initial only on the mailbox and for telephone listings.
If you are planning to be away for an extended period, inform the office of your plans and where you can be reached. Be sure to stop all deliveries.
Lock up even when at the pool, game room or neighbor's for a few minutes.
Be cautious of door-to-door salesmen or someone who wants to give you something for free.
Make sure your apartment number is not printed on your assigned parking space. Don't advertise when you are not at home.
Consider purchasing apartment rental insurance.
Orlando residents, call your Crime Prevention Officer, at 246-2461 to determine if your apartment has an active Apartment Crime Prevention Program.
Crime Prevention Guide