4 Ways To Improve the Security of Your Rental Property
Updated: Oct 1, 2019
One of the biggest priorities you will have as a landlord is protecting your tenants and your property from possible intrusion, theft, vandalism, and other types of crimes. Investing in advanced security systems maintains the safety of the property and the people occupying said property and shows that you are concerned for the protection of both. Consider the following security solutions for your rental property.
Perhaps the most common and well-known security measure for any building, security cameras are an effective way to detect suspicious activities and potential crimes taking place around the building. As a landlord, you have the right to install these cameras in your apartment complex or multifamily property, particularly by the front door, the back door, hallways, stairways, and other common and lounge areas. The only places you cannot install these cameras at all are inside the tenants’ living quarters, and any non-tenant bathrooms, as these would violate the privacy of the occupants.
Lighting is one of the least expensive security solutions you can apply, yet it is also probably one of the most efficient. If you operate an apartment complex, then provide proper lighting to entrances, stairways, and hallways, as it helps the tenants stay safe and know where they are going. Replace any burnt out lights whenever possible. If you own a rental house or single-unit property, lights can also keep intruders away if they are light often and dynamically enough to simulate people being inside the house. Newer automation and motion activation technology allows you greater control over the property’s lighting through mobile phone apps or from any gadget with a connection to the system.
An alarm system is a reliable way to keep intruders away from the property. It creates a noise powerful enough to wake up all nearby tenants and scare any criminals away from the location. Whether you choose a wired or wireless system, it always adds value to your property. In fact, you can even put this feature in the lease contract and charge the tenants more for the rent to afford the monthly subscription. At the same time, let the tenants know how to avoid false alarms with the system to prevent a potential waste of time and money.
Particularly ideal for rental homes and single-unit properties, sensory systems and motion sensors detect any inappropriate or unexpected movement, likely from a burglar or intruder, and provide the right warning system to the tenants. Just practice caution when using these systems. Some of these systems are unable to tell the difference between movement made by a criminal or by a pet. If you own a property that allows pets, ensure you buy pet-proof sensors to avoid costly and annoying false alarms.
Sensory systems are not just useful to increase the security of the building, but for other functions as well. Home365 offers a preventative sensory system as part of the property management services. This system is installed throughout the property to specifically detect maintenance issues before they become major problems. Contact us today to learn more about this service and several more.