Everyone wants to feel safe and secure at home, and the best way to gain that sense of security is by living in a safe community. That is why we want to promote a culture of safety in our Charlotte, NC apartments!
At times, it may seem like the safety of the community is out of your hands and out of your control. However, there are quite a few steps that every resident can take to help keep things safe for everyone.
Here are nine things you can do, as a resident, to help promote safety:
1. Don't Speed
The old saying, "drive like your kids live here," is one every resident should take to heart. Make sure that when you or your guests are driving on the property grounds, you take care to maintain a safe speed.
There are many children in the complex playing games or just walking home from school. Avoid a tragic incident by slowing down and being aware of your surroundings. Staying focused (no texting!) and keeping at a low speed, will make the community safer for everyone. Keep an eye out for children and pets that may dart into the roadway unexpectedly.
2. Watch for the School Bus
Like we said before, the complex is full of children, and many of those children will be going back and forth to school on the school bus. The North Carolina school bus stop law states that when the stop arm is engaged, all drivers behind the school bus must stop. Plus, drivers on the opposite side of a two-lane road must stop (unless the road is divided by a median.) See a graphic here for details.
It is not only illegal to go around that stopped school bus, it is also extremely dangerous to any children that may be getting on or getting off.
3. Remind Children to Look Both Ways
Speaking of children: it is also a good idea to remind your kids of the importance of looking both ways before crossing a street.
As children are playing around the property or walking to the school bus every day, they may forget about the possible dangers that cars on the roadway present. A quick reminder to look both ways before stepping off the sidewalk could go a long way in preventing an accident.
Also, remind children to be careful when playing games and to be aware of where they are playing. Don’t chase after a ball that rolls into the street without first looking to make sure there are no cars coming. For all children's safety, please provide adult supervision as they play outdoors.
4. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Just like you reminded your children to look both ways, you also need to be aware of what is going around you. You need to stay alert while walking your dog, playing with your children, and especially while driving your car around the complex.
Being aware of your surroundings will also help you spot anything, anyone, or any activities that are unusual and don’t belong on the property.
5. Lock Your Doors
Keep you and your belongings safe by locking your doors and windows. The best way to stop crime is to prevent it from happening. By keeping your doors and windows locked, you will be removing the opportunity for someone to easily enter your residence and making off with some of your belongings.
Don't forget about your car doors and windows! Make sure you keep your car doors locked while parked in any of the parking lots on the property. Also, it is a good idea to take any valuables inside your residence with you, instead of leaving them in the car where passersby can see them through the windows. While our Charlotte, NC apartments are in safe communities, removing the temptation to steal is always the best policy.
6. Close The Blinds
During the night and evening hours, it is good practice to close your blinds and/or curtains to prevent people from being able to see into your apartment. Giving the world a clear view of your personal space is not a good tactic for building a sense of security. Pulling a curtain closed keeps your home private.
7. Set Timers on Lights
If your lamps have the capability to be put on a timer, then it is a good idea to set them to come on every evening at dark. This is especially important if you are going to be out of town on vacation for a few days.
Setting the timers are also a helpful way to keep you from ever having to come home and enter a dark apartment. It is a simple thing that can add a lot of safety.
8. Keep a Watch
Your community is the place you call home, and when you live in an apartment it is everyone’s responsibility to keep an eye on it together. If you see suspicious or criminal activity, then you should report it to the proper authorities immediately. We can all be safer when everyone is looking out for each other.
Get to know your neighbors and the Phillips Mallard Creek staff, that way you will know if someone is hanging around that doesn't belong.
9. Emergency Contact Numbers
It is always a good idea to keep a list of the people to contact in case of an emergency or issue. In addition to the local authorities, you also should keep the property management and maintenance numbers handy.
Remember to show your children or your visitors where the list is kept so they can access it should the need arise.
We want everyone to have pride in our Phillips Mallard Creek community, and we want each of you to feel safe and secure in their Charlotte, NC apartment homes. The best way for residents to gain that feeling of safety is if we all work together to keep each other safe!
If you have any questions about Phillips Mallard Creek Apartments, please check out our FAQ page or stop by our leasing office.