Security for rental properties – what can I do?

Rental properties are more likely to be targeted by burglars than owner-occupied homes, and this is largely due to the fact that neither landlord nor tenant has much of an incentive to invest in security beyond the basics of insurance approved door and window locks. Security lighting may have been installed, but generally speaking burglar alarms are not provided by landlords. In some cases this makes them liable for the operation and maintenance of the system, which is an extra responsibility they often don’t want to take on. Burglars, who are adept at spotting weaknesses in home security, are going to take advantage of the fact that a rental property is less secure than one lived in by the owners.

In some areas landlords may find it hard to find tenants for insecure properties, so they should consider making upgrades such as more secure doors, security lighting, a door chain and viewer. Even in low crime areas these upgrades are inexpensive and easy to install, so there is nothing to lose by making these changes. While many landlords are hesitant to install burglar alarms, they should allow tenants to have one installed if that tenant wishes to, and will pay for the work themselves. However, this often means having holes made in walls and cables laid around the property for sensors. If the next tenants don’t want the alarm, or more likely, the landlord removes the system so they are not liable for the maintenance, there is work to be done to make good any holes made to install sensors or cables.

Wireless systems are the better option for tenants, as there is no need to make any holes or lay any cables around the property; this means they are also an attractive option for landlords. Modern wireless systems from an NSI approved supplier are just as effective as traditional hard-wired systems, just without the fuss of wires everywhere. These systems can make the contents insurance much cheaper for the tenants, and they have the option of having the system re-installed at their next property by an NSI approved installation company, such as P&R Alarms. Wireless systems usually rely on batteries for power, so they will still function in the event of a power cut, or if determined burglars cut the power to the property to disarm the systems. They can also be connected to a smartphone or monitored remotely, so you can check on things while you are out, and if you opt for a monitoring service they will assess the information and effect a police response where necessary.

Tenants can also take further steps to upgrade their home security. There are battery powered motion activated lights that can be stuck to the walls in a porch or attached to the exterior of the house with only a couple of holes to make good when moving out. A door chain is a cheap and easy to install measure that the landlord is unlikely to want removed at the end of a tenancy, although tenants should always get permission from landlords if they want to do any work which involves drilling holes or permanently attaching something. When moving to a new property, get to know the area and the neighbours. Having a friendly relationship with your neighbours’ means they are more likely to alert the police or intervene, if they see any suspicious activity around your property, and they can tell you all the local need-to-know information. The local pub is also a good place to go for local information and to become part of the community.

The wireless alarm systems that P&R Alarms provide and install are all certified to NSI Gold standard, as we are an approved company. Our products are top of the line and we use the latest secure technology to provide our customers with peace of mind, whether they are at home or out enjoying themselves, safe in the knowledge that their home is protected.