There are plenty of things you can do to deter crime when you own your home, but what can you do when you don’t? This is a question that plagues many renters, as most tenant services provided by property management companies won’t include a solution to their unease.
Whether you live alone and are looking for a way to sleep a little more soundly at night, whether you work long days or travel so worry about what happens in your absence, or want to provide peace of mind for your family, here are some options to help feel a little more secure while renting your home!
Just in Case
Sometimes things happen, and you aren’t prepared when they do. To make sure this isn’t one of those times, you do have some planning options available.
To protect yourself before a break-in:
- Buy a safe for your important documents and small valuables.
- Look into renter’s insurance; odds are good that the home owner’s insurance won’t cover the costs of your personal items.
- Have an emergency plan: know a friend you can call and a place to stay if you don’t feel safe.
Back to Basics
Sometimes the things that are so obvious to us are the things that work best! A few simple actions you can take to protect your home without buying anything new include:
- Leaving a light on when you leave so that outsiders think someone is home.
- Keep your curtains or shades closed; most of the time a burglar will scope out a home before they do anything. If they can’t see inside to see your valuables or to map out your schedule, they may be less likely to attempt a break-in.
- Keep your doors and windows locked, even if you’re home. Too often people will leave their door or a window unlocked, which will make it easier for an unwanted guest to get inside.
- Know your neighbors! Even if you aren’t best friends, by keeping an open line of communication and maintaining friendly contact, you can watch out for each other. They can also help keep flowers watered while you’re gone!
In addition to these classic tips, online resources like Nextdoor and neighborhood Facebook Groups can help alert you to suspicious activity in your area!
With the rapid growth of technology, we live in a wonderful world where so many of our problems have preventative solutions…and this is one of those problems!
Some options devices provide us include:
- Wireless security systems
- Wireless cameras that you can place in windows or facing entrances; motion-sensing technology and night vision are available!
- Extendable bars for keeping windows closed
- Door wedges and other locks
Odds are low that you will ever need to worry about crime in your home. By being prepared, you have more options if the unthinkable happens.
If you have questions or concerns about what steps you can or should take, contact your property manager! They will be more than happy to help ensure that you know all that you need to in order to keep yourself, your belongings, and your loved ones safe.