There are three class of individuals in Ghana. Its either you are a landlord, living in a self-contained house or living in a compound house. You may find yourself as a compound house tenant before you upgrade into owning your own house.
Living in a compound house while economically sound may also be like a real-life trial test for you if you are security conscious. You are in constant daily interaction with different people of different backgrounds who somehow always manage to bring drama, good or bad in the area of security.
If you have lived in a compound house before then you might think that it will be easy to stay in a compound house in terms of security. But you have to remember these simple security tips below to make sure you are safe living in a compound house at all times.
If you are ready, let jump into it.
Be familiar with your surroundings
You have to make sure you have checked on every detail regarding the neighbourhood, including the safety of nearby shopping centres and all other amenities found in the place.
You also have to be familiar with your neighbours. Since you are living literally close to these people, you need to get to know them well. The only way to know them is to avail yourself in friendly conversation by asking the right questions. Find out why they joined the neighbourhood, how long they have known the area and what safety tips they can offer you.
Know the entrances and exits
It is always important to be familiar with these things so you will know very well where to run to in case of emergencies. You might want to get to know where or who to contact during emergencies. If possible install emergency sirens or panic buttons so that it will be easier to call for help later on in the event that there is fire or any other calamity that will hit the place.
Think about access control as well
Nowadays most compound houses are gated. You may presume that access control and security are one and the same thing. The truth is that access control can be defined as limiting or restricting any third party’s access to the compound house.
Security, on the other hand, can be used together with access control in order to alert any authorised personnel regarding a breach that may take place within the place.
You may have to ensure that there is a form of access control at the main gate or if possible at your door to limit access to areas where unwanted visitors may enter the compound house. You do not want them gaining access to your unit or anybody else’s unit for that matter. If you notice any malfunctioning door then report it.
Don’t forget to lock the door whenever you leave
It will also be wise to double or even triple check whether you have locked the door or not before you leave. Often, this step is being neglected by many up until something goes wrong. In line with this, you should make better use of your door’s peepholes. Make sure you peep through it whenever someone is knocking at your door before opening it.
Make sure that locks have been changed before you occupy the unit
There are many cases when someone else may have occupied the unit you are going to rent or buy before you. If this is the scenario, you have to make sure that the locks have been changed before you move in. This will prevent any possibilities that the previous owner will barge into the unit. It will also be well worth it to note who you have given duplicate keys to. Of course, you should make sure you have removed the key from the keyhole when you leave for an errand or for work.
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