Security isn't just for homeowners. Learn to protect yourself as a renter.
Each year, the number of renters goes up by 0.67 percent. Approximately 36.9 percent of all U.S. households are currently renters. Compared to a standard home, apartments have a high traffic of people coming in and out. This means that that they have a higher probability of theft and vandalism.
So as a renter, it’s important that you take certain precautions, both before and after you sign a lease. After all, you are committing yourself to a property for one, two or more years. You’ll want to make the best of it and here’s how.
Burglars are clever; they know of all the “secret” spare key locations you may be thinking of or using. It’s not worth the risk. The best thing to do is to plan ahead and give a select trusted few a spare key beforehand.
Most apartment complexes already provide standard deadbolt locks and doorknob locks. A chain lock provides additional protection and they are easy to install.
Anytime you leave the house, make sure all entryways are securely locked. An open window is just asking for trouble, since they can easily be entered.
If they are genuinely with a company, ask to see their business license, will be city-issued.
If you have a sliding door, make sure they are bolstered when it’s not in use. An unsecure door can be tampered with more easily than a standard door. Use any sort of wooden or metal pole on the track to secure the door better.
If you can’t personally be there, make sure that someone from the apartment’s office is present for you since you don’t know who will be coming and going from your apartment. Also, it’s important to know that all maintenance repairs should be scheduled with your notification. Property managers are required to tell you of these visits.
Renter’s protection protects from a variety of potential dangers, including theft, damage and personal liability. Depending on the company, these cost around $11-20 per month.
These are quick to install and can be taken with you on any move. Since they don’t require any drilling, renters don’t have to worry about potentially losing their safety deposit. These providers all offer wireless security systems: ADT, FrontPoint Security, LifeShield Security and SimpliSafe Home Security.