Home security systems and home watch services are not just for single-family owner residences. They are a good idea for renters of homes and apartments too. Statistically, renters are more likely than homeowners to experience burglaries, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Some important home security tips with renters in mind:
Most renters are not allowed to alter the walls too much (i.e. drill holes) to run wires through the walls, so a wireless security system would be the best option. Wireless systems are easier to install and are often considered more reliable than wired systems, because the burglar is unable to cut wires to disable the system. Also, unlike a wired system, a wireless system can be easily packed up and taken with you if you decide to move to another home.
Although a home security system is one of the best ways to keep your home guarded from burglars, other home security options include:
Door locks – some landlords do not change the locks before you move into an apartment, which means someone could very well have a key to enter your apartment. Ask your landlord for approval first and then install a quality lock, which could be a simple swing lock or a high-tech smart lock. Be sure to keep your door closed and locked when it is not in use.
Secure any glass sliding door with a security bar, especially if you live in a ground apartment.
Install security cameras and pair it with a monitoring app to help you keep an eye on what is going on in your apartment when you are away from home.
Aside from these tips, it is a smart idea to do some research on the surrounding neighborhood and safety of the neighborhood prior to moving into any community. Visit the neighborhood during the day and at night, so you can see if parking lots, walkways and entrances are well lit and well maintained. Opt for a community that has a gated entrance, if possible.
Also, if you will be away from home for a period of time for vacation or any other reason, consider utilizing our excellent home watch services to ensure your home is safe at all times.