With home ownership taking a dive and people opting to rent steadily on the rise, one thing that should not be comprised is securing and safe guarding the place you call home – even if it is rented. Creating a safe space doesn’t necessarily mean drilling holes into your walls and installing expensive surveillance devices or putting bars over windows, there are other means to secure your home – even if its not yours.
Although your rental agreement may restrict security options, there are plenty of ways to get creative and protect your home from potential break-ins, thieves and unwanted behaviour.
Here we share our top tips to secure your rental property without breaking your lease.
Change the locks to your rented home
Countless people could have lived in the place before you and therefore, could have the key to your rented home in their possession. The last thing you want is an uninvited guest or a reimagined Home Alone case scenario! The amount of times that key could have been cut for others is unknown so for peace of mind, ask your landlord to change the locks. Only those that reside inside should be master of the key.
Check window locks
The window can provide a gateway to burglar activity so make life harder for potential thieves and reassess your window locks. This is imperative for places of residence located on ground level. The best solution to deter criminal activity is to consider all windows as entry points. Make sure that all locks work properly and cannot be readjusted from the outside. It is in the landlord’s best interest that the property is safe and secure.
Keep it safe
For all your valuables and items of sentimental value that you could not possibly put a price tag on, consider getting a safe. Make sure that the safe is cleverly hidden, making it out-of-sight and harder for burglars to get their dirty hands on your most treasured possessions. It is ideal to purchase a heavy safe so it much harder to carry and take off easily. Or discuss it with your landlord about bolting it to a wall or floor. A safe by no means guarantees protection of your place of residence but it can be a great preventive measure for hiding the items you most treasure.
Flicker with the lights
Burglars are fantastic players of the game ‘hide and seek’ so turn up the lights and call the game quits before it has time to begin. A way to beat them to their own game is to make sure your rented home looks occupied even if you are not there. Doing the old trick of leaving one night on constantly either through day or night has become tiresome so consider investing in a light timer. Light timers are a cost-effective way to make it look like you are home even if you are miles away by pre-programming to switching it on and off.
Keep them blinded
As well as sprucing up the home, good blinds may prevent potential burglars gazing into your home and making a grand plan to enter it to collect those valuables in full view. Liaise with your landlord about installing or updating blinds that can completely block the view from outside – just make sure you close them on your way out!
Consider renters insurance
Renters insurance is certainly a thing! Renters insurance will cover the value of your possessions in case they are stolen, destroyed by accidents (fire) or severe weather conditions. Your landlord may have an insurance policy in place however that is most likely to cover the building rather than the contents inside including your personal belongings. There are many policies out there that will cover your valuables at full replacement cost. You may think you do not own much, but you will be surprised how it can all add up.
Install a DIY security system
Just because you are renting doesn’t mean you can’t install surveillance to your home. The statistics are alarming, with over 2 million burglaries reported in the United States each year. In the age of the smart home, there are many options when it comes to wireless security cameras.
OWLR supports a range of IP cameras that are affordable and easy to set up including the likes of camera manufacturers Foscam, D-Link, Amcrest and Axis. Make sure you have all the ingredients needed to set up your DIY security system in your rented home – good Wi-Fi, a power plug and a smart phone or tablet.
The OWLR app is compatible with many models of these brands. OWLR gives you the power to monitor your home at anytime from anywhere, from the palm of your hand with your smart phone. The premium feature Motion Alerts will notify you of unfamiliar movement immediately via notification and email. Security doesn’t have to come with the hefty price tag – this is one inexpensive way to protect your rental property.
See how OWLR can help ensure your rental property is kept safe.
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