Security tips for your rented home

Security tips for your rented home

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.

#3 Alarms

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.

#5 Valuables

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.

 

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Home safety for a worry-free holiday!

Home safety for a worry-free holiday!

It’s the time of year when you’re looking forward to your summer holiday, but whilst you’re getting excited preparing and packing, don’t forget the more serious subject of keeping your lovely home safe! Don’t worry though, as we’ve done all the hard work for you; read on for essential tips on making sure ydownload (1)our home is safe whilst you’re on holiday.

  1. Let a trusted neighbour know you’re going away and ask if they can keep an eye on things for you, and return the favour!
  2. Ask a reliable relative or friend to pop round a few times to check everything is in order and to make your home look lived in. Or get a house-sitter!
  3. Don’t broadcast on social media that you’re leaving your home unattended, that’s just asking for trouble!
  4. People always wonder whether to leave curtains open or closed;  open is best and doesn’t look as obvious, but if you normally close them, keep it that way.
  5. Keep your valuables hidden away and out of sight. Most burglars just grab what they can and get out, so hide your most valued possessions in less obvious places.
  6. Double check your home insurance and what it covers, just incase the worst does happen.
  7. Don’t leave the lights on, you’ll not only have a huge bill but having lights glaring during the night looks suspicious.  Consider investing in a light switch timer.
  8. Another way to make your home look lived in is to mow the lawns and tidy up your garden; leaving it unkempt makes it look likes there’s nobody home.
  9. Avoid all your mail stacking up and sign up to Royal Mail’s KeepSafe; they’ll keep your mail and send it to you upon your return.
  10. Unplug all electrical items; even if you switch everything off, some appliances still use power when plugged in, so unplug everything!
  11. Some people keep a spare key hidden outside their house somewhere, if you do make sure you remove it before you go away.
  12. It’s probably an obvious one, but triple-check that all doors and windows (and your car if you’re leaving it) are shut and securely locked. If you get paranoid about this, get someone else to check it too.54f0fbd48fba0_-_1-couple-vacation-tropical-lgn
  13. Make sure your burglar alarm is set. If you don’t have one, get one installed! Make sure your neighbours know you’re away so if they hear it go off they can alert the police.

Follow all these tips and your home will be safe and sound so you can enjoy your holiday without any worries!