Question for Landlords

gwbr54July 27, 2011

It seems like a number of people here may be landlords. I wonder what type of anti-theft measures you take to protect furniture and art in common areas. Unfortunately, we have had some items stolen, but I don't want to have an empty lobby! Thanks so much.

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Oh well... don't want to stay parked at the top!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 10:45PM
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It's not the be-all, but cameras have proven quite effective in the building I live. It feeds into the superintendent's apartment and is stored digitally in some secret location. We've not had anything stolen but the footage did catch a potential vandal. Alarms go largely ignored here in NYC by everyone except the police.

We have several doormen which definitely helps but if that overhead is too much, video is a fine deterrent and if anything happens, there's images of it. My two cents.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2011 at 8:57AM
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Thanks, westvillager. I was planning to add a camera as a deterrent. However, we do not have a doorman, so my impression is that we'll have a nice photo of any burglar, but still be missing our furniture. What I would like would be some sort of lock or device. I may walk through some hotels and see if I get any inspiration.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2011 at 10:26AM
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Built-in furniture. Have someone paint something nice directly on the walls rather than hanging pictures.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2011 at 1:34PM
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I answered regarding security but it's mostly about the taking. Your first post was clear. We also know people continue to steal from places like banks and department stores that obviously have cameras. The pic is crucial for police acting quickly, increasing recovery chances.

An empty lobby is the extreme, last choice. I think ideas from hotel lobbies is a great one. I suspect the furniture that can be will be too bulky to steal quickly or secured in place. A kind of mural instead of hanging art is also good for the same reason. I was thinking about how office buildings and shopping malls handle the issue. Many of them secure frames to the wall for liability reasons. (Won't fall in an earthquake or if someone bumps into it.) Benches and trash cans tend to be extremely heavy or chained to the floor -- sometimes hidden, sometimes not.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 9:36AM
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i think you should make a list of all imp or common things of your house and sign a agrement with these list that when you leave you should make sure that things should be there in working condition(not damaged),this will prevent loss or theft

    Bookmark   October 3, 2011 at 5:19AM
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try to make a list of all important items in your apartment for rent...

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 2:43AM
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I call the police to tag the items in the common area with serial numbers - that is if they do that in your area. I would add security cameras to the common area and have the recording done in a lockbox or area that they cannot easily get too.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 10:19PM
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