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family by beachCondo ownership—with the perks of owning a home and a management staff to tend to exterior needs—can be very fulfilling. You may feel great once you move into your new place, but you must also remember to make safety a priority. There are plenty of simple things you can do to improve your condo’s and your personal security, which can also lead to condo insurance savings. Try the following tips.

Lock up
: Have the locks changed before moving in and keep track of who has keys to your place. Also, check that exterior doors have deadbolts and peepholes. Always lock up when leaving and going to sleep.

Stay anonymous
: Avoid putting your full name on the mailbox or building buzzer. Intruders may use this information to trick a neighbor into letting them in. Instead, use your initials or just your last name.

Hide valuables
: Never leave valuables near windows and in plain sight, especially if you live on a lower floor. Keep windows and the balcony door locked when not in use.

Know your neighbors
: Getting familiar with your neighbors and their schedules helps you spot irregular activity in the building, like lurking strangers at odd hours. This gives you the chance to report suspicious activity before it becomes a problem.

Learn exits
: Upon moving in, learn where the fire exits and stairwells are located around the building. You should also familiarize yourself with any panic buttons that may be located on the property.

Light it up
: Outdoor lighting is one of the simplest, cheapest forms of security. If you notice a burnt out light, report it as soon as possible so management can have it replaced.

You can’t always prevent a disaster or an intrusion, but you can ensure that your condo is covered against these losses. Call your independent insurance agent to learn more about how condo insurance can protect you.

Get the coverage you need. Call Auto Insurers of Virginia at (804) 379-2697 for more information on Midlothian condo insurance.
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