As a renter, you may not be aware of the options available to you for home security. Below are a few tips for increasing the security of your rental home
Replace Your Locks
One of the first things you should do when you first move into a rental home is to replace the locks and get new keys. There’s a chance that former renters have spare keys that could still allow them access to your home. If your landlord agrees to replace all the locks can be an extra level of security for your home.
Make Your Home Appear Occupied
Homes that appear to be vacant or unoccupied are more frequently targeted by burglars. One easy way to make your home look occupied even if you aren’t there is with a timed lighting system to schedule the lights to turn on and off while you are away. For even more convenience, you can purchase lighting systems that can be controlled from your smartphone.
Check Locks on Doors and Windows
Never assume that all the locks in a house are working properly when you move in. While you do your walkthrough with your landlord be sure to check the locks on doors and windows to make sure they are working properly. Prior to moving in, let your landlord know if any of the locks need to be replaced. For an extra measure of security, you can place wooden rods behinds windows and sliding glass doors so that even if the lock fails they still can’t get in.
Get a Safe
One of the best ways to keep your prized possessions or important documentations safe is by keeping them locked in a safe. Knowing that your valuables are safe can help you have some much-needed peace of mind.
Having a good alarm system can go a long way in not only deterring potential burglars but also alerting you when an unwelcome guest does enter your home. Consider asking your landlord if there is a possibility to have a security system installed in your home.
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