I manage an apartment complex. How can I keep residents safe without sacrificing curb appeal?
Safety and curb appeal are both essential in the apartment business. If residents do not feel safe on your premises, fewer of them will want to live there, making it hard to find and keep reliable tenants. At the same time, apartments have to appear beautiful and inviting or few people will consider them long enough to determine if they are safe. Security gates offer the perfect balance between beauty and safety. By installing a quality electric gate for parking lot areas, living quarters, and other key parts of your apartment complex, you can enhance beauty while dramatically improving building security.
Making the Most of Beauty & Security
While security gates enhance safety and appearance, not all gate systems are created equal. To maximize these benefits, make sure to:
- Choose Strong, Sophisticated Fencing-
For most of the property, opt for high-end iron gates or other gate and fencing systems that will resist any attempts to break them open. For sections of the gate or fence that are visible to the public, however, install ornamental fencing, which will give your property an intricate, sophisticated look while still providing protection.
- Keep Entrances to a Minimum-
When you install fencing, create as few entrances and exits as possible. Not only will this make it harder for intruders to get inside, but it will also allow you to limit the number of cameras and security personnel that you need to place on the property. Fewer cameras and guards will make your property appear less intimidating, improving curb appeal.
- Light Up the Area-
Use LED lights to illuminate the entire fence, with a particular focus on areas where intruders would likely try to enter. This will make it easy to spot anyone who tries to get into your building at night, so fewer people will attempt to invade in the first place. Then install additional lights to illuminate your apartments, landscaping, and other key areas inside the complex. This will balance the area, add depth to the lighting, and call attention to the most beautiful parts of your property.
- Clear the Clutter-
Once the fences are up and illuminated, remove any equipment, plants, or other large items that are located directly next to them on either side. These items make it easy for intruders to hide before or after getting in, reducing the chance that you will manage to catch them before it’s too late. They also give your yard a cluttered appearance, and may distract from the beauty of the fencing. The better you are at keeping the area around the fences clear, the more beautiful and effective those fences will be.
United Fence & Construction offers quality fence and gate systems to apartment complexes and other business and residential areas throughout Arkansas. For more information on keeping your apartment complex appealing and secure, contact us online or call 501-222-1503.