Tenants often struggle with how to secure their homes without making invasive changes to the property. They may not have the freedom to mount new storm doors or install complicated security systems. Nonetheless, as a tenant, there are a number of ways you can boost the security of your home without breaking the lease.
Changing door locks
in a perfect world, every time a tenant moves out, landlords should change the locks in preparation for a new occupant. After all, as part of proper maintenance, landlords are responsible for the safety and security of their tenants. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and your landlord may delay changing the locks. The danger with keeping the old lock is that you don’t know how many people have keys to your door. So, for your peace of mind, it’s better you foot the bill but have a residential locksmith install new door locks.
If the locks are keyless, it goes without saying that you should change the code and only share it with your family members of those you intend to have access to your home. If security is a real concern in your new location, you could talk to your landlord about installing superior locking systems. For instance, if you have euro cylinder locks, you could upgrade to anti-snap cylinders. Grade1 deadbolts also provide better security.
Use a safe for irreplaceable valuables and personal documents
Even with the best-laid home security systems, there’s no way guarantee a hundred percent security from burglary. So as a tenant, how about you prepare for worst case scenarios; we are talking about break-ins. If an intruder manages to get in your house, a well installed and a cleverly hidden safe will protect your valuables. As you probably already know, in the hands of a thieve, your personal documents such as social security cards, driver’s license and other personal documents are valuable items that a thief can use to commit crimes.
The two most frequently chosen types of safes are burglar proof safe and fireproof safes. Burglar proof safes have thicker walls and require a code for access. Fireproof ones normally have a double metal wall. You can choose either depending on your priority need.
Explore already installed home security systems
Your landlord may balk at you drilling holes on the wall as you install a wired security system. Fortunately, there are other alarm options specifically designed for rentals. Several companies offer wireless solutions so this is one option you can explore. You could also find out if your new home has a pre-existing system. Some houses already have an unused system installed and if this is so, you’re lucky. You can engage your landlord and see how you can collaborate to come up with a short-term security plan.
Most tenants forget to install outdoor lights yet lighting plays such a major role in enhancing security. Your home should be well-lit from the entrance, to the stairs and all the way up to your front door. If your budget allows you can choose to keep the lights on throughout the night. Alternatively, install motion activated lights to conserve energy. According to research, lighting is burglar deterrent.
If you’re willing to invest a little energy (and maybe a little cash), the non-invasive changes above can help you secure the place you call home. The good thing with these ideas is that they are well within your rights, regardless of whether the property in question is yours or not.