“Who really has access to our apartments?”

by Prince Of Petworth October 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user laurabl

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve lived in an apartment building in Logan Circle for a little over one year. The front door to the building is secured with a deadbolt, and my apartment is secured with a deadbolt and doorknob lock (different key from the building front door).

I came home Sunday night after being gone for 48 hours to find my apartment totally ransacked—-every drawer was turned inside out; sheets ripped off my bed; mattress flipped; boxes of personal notes, photos, etc. turned over. Incredibly, nothing was taken except my work laptop and an old iPad. At this time it’s a mystery as to how someone unlocked my apartment, turned it inside out, and neglected to take any other visible valuables (jewelry, electronics, medication, personal macbook, TV, etc. were not touched)…and then the thief locked the door on their way out.

The police made a report and recommended that I change the locks, and they’re following up with the management company for security footage.

Here’s the catch:

I’ve never loaned my keys to anyone nor ever made a copy. When I talked to the building management today to ask how many people have access to a master key, I was flabbergasted to find out just how many people have access to my apartment. The building owner told me that each of these people have THEIR OWN MASTER KEY: electrician, plumber, locksmith, management office, building super, and the building owner.

I’m totally shocked, and can’t imagine how I’ll feel safe again in this building knowing that six or more people could get into my apartment at anytime. The locksmith is adding a chain lock so I’ll feel more secure when I’m actually home, but what’s the point if any of these people could access my apartment anytime? Is this even legal to have so many master keys floating around?”


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