October is Home Security Month, reminding us how important it is to keep our homes safe and secure, even if you’re home is rented! Sometimes it can feel like the security of your rented home is out of your hands, but there are things you can do! Read on for our top tips on how to boost security for your rented home.
#1 Insurance and Secure Entry
Make sure that all the contents in your home are covered by insurance in case the worst does happen. If you live in an apartment, you can’t control who comes in and out of the whole building, but a secure door entry system prevents unwanted people from just walking in. All of our apartments have this feature!
#2 Doors and Windows
Check your doors, windows and locks are secure and in good condition, and if they aren’t, let your landlord know! Always make sure they are locked when leaving the house; even if you’re just popping to another apartment in the same building, or even when you’re in your home, keep your doors locked. Keeping windows locked is especially important if you’re in a ground floor apartment. If your landlord permits, ask them to install a deadbolt or if you can install one yourself, they are much more secure.
Some rented homes may not have a security alarm, especially apartments, but you can buy adhesive sensors for windows and doors that detect huge vibrations such as break ins and sound an alarm. There are also now many wireless systems and monitoring cameras which can send alerts to your phone when there’s any irregular activity!
#4 Night Time
Whether you’re in a house or an apartment, if you’re going out at night or away for a while, make sure to shut the curtains and turn the lights on (or have a timer) so it looks like someone is home to deter burglars.
Never leave valuable items in sight, and keep them hidden somewhere that isn’t obvious. Also never leave keys near windows, whether open or not. You can also put your house number and postcode onto really valuable items to make them traceable and harder to sell if someone does get hold of them.
#6 Garages and Sheds
If your rented home has a shed or garage, make sure they are secure, well maintained and always locked. If you have lots of valuable items in there you can also have an alarm system for them too.
#7 Get to know your neighbours
Make friends with your neighbours and people in your apartment block. This helps put your mind at ease about who you’re living next to, especially in an apartment, and you can look out for each other when one of you is away to keep an eye on things. This is even more important if you’re living in a flat share; and you can ask your landlord to put a lock on your bedroom door for even more security.
#8 Don’t attract attention
Never leave notes for service people or relatives as this tells everyone that you’re not at home! Also if you’re going away, don’t advertise it on social media for everyone to see. If you are going away, have a read of our blog on keeping your home safe while on holiday.