Start by paying attention when walking in stairwells and knowing the general layout of your building.

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Security is an issue no matter where you live, and apartments and condominiums are no exception.
The Canadian lock manufacturer Weiser Lock Corp. has some suggestions for ways to be safe in your building.

It should go without saying, but be mindful of others, even when you’re inside your building, says Weiser Lock’s Steve Kolobaric.

Pay attention when walking in stairwells, meet your neighbors and know the general layout of the building, he says.

If the front entrance to your building requires a key pass, don’t feel it’s rude not to hold the door open for someone just behind you.

“Just think — if they’re a tenant, they should be happy that you’re not letting unknown people into the building,” Kolobaric says.

Did you change your front-door lock set when you moved in? “Not only could the past owner still have copies of the key, but so could his friends or your neighbors,” he says.

Changing your lockset will take about 20 minutes and give you the peace of mind of knowing who has the key to your front door.

It sounds simple, but keep your doors locked at all times, Kolobaric says. The majority of burglars gain entry to homes through unlocked doors.

Even if you’re just running to get your mail or down the street for a coffee, there’s no reason not to lock up.
Don’t be tempted to “hide” a key outside your unit, either. There are fewer good hiding spots than you think, and burglars know where to look.

Alert your building supervisor about any burned-out lights in the common areas, such as the lobby, parking garage or hallways, Kolobaric says.

If you notice anything out of the ordinary, such as open or broken windows, malfunctioning doors or door locks, or anything that could be a security concern, notify your building supervisor, he says.