Assessing the Threat: Student Performs Security Analysis for Renters

Posted by on July 16, 2013

Mindi Stoneberg, a recent Minnesota School of Business graduate, took a security course from within the criminal justice program as one of the final components to complete her degree.

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Recent graduate, Mindi Stoneberg, helped assess potential security threats to a local apartment complex.

As a part of the course, Mindi completed an applied learning project that allowed her to assess possible security threats for a Northeast Minneapolis apartment complex.  Mindi reviewed the location of the apartments, demographics of the surrounding community, crime data, and policies and procedures for the apartment complex.

Ultimately, the goal of Mindi’s research was to identify any security improvements that could help establish a more secure environment for the building and its tenants.

Mindi’s research states that tenants should:

  • Keep doors and windows locked when not at home.
  • Ensure outdoor areas are well lit.
  • Always report unusual or suspicious activity to a property manager or police department.
  • Work with neighbors to keep an eye out for each other.
  • Continuously evaluate and make improvements to lighting, locks and security policies.

Projects like this one give students the chance to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world situations. In the process, students improve their skills, retain information better and gain relevant experience for their future careers.

The information that Mindi shared is valuable for all renters and homeowners.  In fact, after reviewing Mindi’s findings, the management company was pleased with the feedback and plans to use her recommendations as a guide for future security improvements.

Whether you live in your own home or in a multi-family residence, using common sense and a few preventative actions can save you from additional emotional and financial stress.

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