With rising house prices more people are opting to rent instead of buy. However, renting can sometimes make it difficult to secure your home and your valuables. According to a Consumer Electronics Association study, only 12% of renters have a security system.
If you do rent and don’t have some type of security system we don’t blame you, there can be so many barriers to installing security systems when you rent. But, just because you rent doesn’t mean that you can’t have adequate security in your home. Here are some security tips for renters that won’t get you in trouble with your landlord.
1. Get the locks changed
How many people do you think have lived in this house before you? Unless it is a brand new place probably quite a lot of people, so it is best to get the locks changed before you move in. You don’t know how many people have a copy of the keys to your place and this could mean that a potential thief could just let themselves in and steal all your valuables. To keep this from happening to you ask your landlord to get the locks changed so yourself and whoever else lives with you are the only other people that have access to your rental.
2. Make your rental look lived in
Almost 80% of burglars said they preferred properties to be unoccupied before breaking in, so one of the best and most non-invasive ways to secure your rental is to make it look occupied even when you are not there. Leaving one light on all day and night is a dead giveaway to thieves that your home may be unoccupied, so one security tip for renters is to invest in a light timer. Light timers that switch on and off during the day are a cost-effective way to make it look like you’re home even when you’re not. For more information on how burglars think read our inside the mind of a burglar blog.
3. Secure your windows and doors
Another security tip for renters is to make sure that the locks on your doors and windows work and are secure. If they are out of date and don’t work properly ask your landlord to replace them, it is in their best interest as well to secure their rental property. For rentals that have sliding doors make sure that these are always locked and for extra protection place a wooden pole inside the slider to make it harder for intruders to access your house.
4. Get a safe
Consider getting a safe for any of your valuables that are expensive or that you can’t bear to lose. You need to make sure that you hide the safe so that it is harder for thieves to locate and the safe needs to be secured properly so that thieves cannot break into it easily. It is also a good idea to get a large or heavy safe so that thieves can’t just lift it up and take it with them. For more information on getting a safe for your rental read our blog about protecting your valuables with a safe.
5. Get a wireless security system
You may think that because you rent you can’t have a security system in your home because most landlords won’t allow any drilling into the wall. Fortunately, you do have options when it comes to wireless security cameras. Most wireless security cameras are affordable and simple to set up which make them perfect for renters.
Cammy security cameras are perfect for securing your rental property, both our Alien and Penguin indoor cameras require no drilling or difficult installation and can easily be moved around the home or move with you to the next place you decide to live. All you need is WiFi, a power plug and a smartphone and you are good to go.
Cammy allows you to monitor your home from anywhere, anytime right from your smartphone, you can keep an eye on that sketchy roommate and if an intruder were to break in Cammy will notify you right away. It’s simple and effective way to secure your rental property. For more information about how Cammy can help protect your rental check out our website.
How do you protect your home? Did we miss something in our top 5 security tips for renters? Please let us know in the comments below.