How to Help Secure Your Apartment
Did you know that homes without a security system are 300% more likely to be broken into? This makes it clear that to protect your home from burglars, you need to take some kind of action. But if you don’t own your home, you may feel like you don’t have many choices.
As a renter, you don’t want to alter the structure of your home or install a system you cannot take with you. Does that mean you are out of options?
There are actually multiple ways to guarantee renter security and peace of mind. Keep reading to find out what they are!
Install Security Cameras
We know what you are thinking. Can I install security cameras without permanently altering my apartment unit? The answer is yes, there are security cameras you can use that won’t make your landlord mad at you.
Our smart security cameras are made for indoor and outdoor use. Our outdoor cameras are water-resistant and can be placed anywhere. They connect to your WiFi and are completely wireless so you don’t have to install elaborate wiring systems just to use them.
Plus, you can monitor the footage from your phone or laptop. This means that in addition to deterring burglars, your smart cameras have a lot of added benefits.
You can check in on repairs or maintenance taking place in your home if you aren’t able to be present. You can go on vacation and check the footage to make sure everything is as it should be. You can even check on your kids while they are home alone.
Cameras like this are even useful when it comes to a renter’s legal protections. It could be that your landlords accuse you of damaging their property. But if this happens, you have footage you can use to defend yourself and pursue dispute resolution.
Our smart cameras also allow two-way conversations to take place. So if you need to communicate to a family member or to someone in your house, you have that option.
And the best part is that when you leave your rental and move, you can easily take this equipment with you and put it to use in your next home. If you’ve been wondering how to secure an apartment, security cameras are an excellent first step.
Publicize Your Security Measures
Security cameras are both a preventative and reactive measure. Most burglars are deterred by the sight of a security camera or the indication that you have a security system.
This is why it is a good idea to have your cameras on display, so potential burglars know they are being watched. Putting a sign in your yard or a sticker on your window that announces the presence of your security system is also a good idea. We offer the option to get both yard signs and window stickers with your Blue by ADT equipment.
But if these things don’t deter the burglar, the footage from your cameras can provide incriminating evidence that they were there.
Use a Doorbell Camera
A lot of burglars will come right up to your front door and ring the doorbell to check if anyone is home. This is why apartment door security is so important. With a smart doorbell camera, you can stop potential burglars in their tracks.
Smart doorbells are synced with your WiFi and accessible through your phone. This allows you to answer the door from anywhere that you have a connection. When someone rings the doorbell, you can use the camera to see who is on your doorstep.
Not only that, but two-way microphones allow you to speak to whoever is there. This lets the burglar know that you are watching and may even be inside for all they know. No burglar will ever proceed with an intrusion once they hear your voice coming out of your doorbell!
Smart camera doorbells are not just for burglars, though. Use them to accept deliveries when you aren’t home, or to let guests know you will be right there. And they are easy to install and remove, so you can take them with you from your current rental to your next one.
Learn more about our smart camera doorbell, and increase your home security today.
Rely On Lighting
If you are wondering how to secure your apartment door, one of the easiest things you can do is illuminate it.
One thing that renters can do to protect their homes from intruders is hang some outdoor lights. Burglars like to be able to approach your home without being seen. If you can take away their cover of darkness, you can decrease your chance of invasion at night.
Outdoor lights are easy to install and take with you from rental to rental. You have many lighting options that don’t require being permanently mounted to your rental unit. Consider decorative string lights or solar-powered stake lights to illuminate walkways.
By lighting up your outdoor space, you make it hard to approach your home without being seen. You also create the appearance that you are always home.
In addition to serving this practical purpose, lights offer many other benefits. They make outdoor spaces usable later into the evening and can illuminate aesthetically pleasing focal points in your yard.
Dressing up your outdoor space with additional lighting is in style right now. Make use of this popular outdoor landscaping trend and increase your sense of security.
Make Sure You Have Renter’s Insurance
Sometimes the unthinkable occurs and you experience a burglary in a rental unit. What happens then? A lot of people think that they are covered under their landlord’s insurance policy, but that is not true.
Whoever owns your home will likely be able to fix any damage with their homeowner insurance policy. But that doesn’t cover anything the burglars take from you. This is why it is a good idea to have a renter’s insurance policy.
Renter’s insurance will protect you in case of burglary, fire, flood, and other unfortunate incidents. If burglars take valuable items, you can file a claim to get some of that value back. It will even protect you if someone gets injured in your home and tries to sue you.
59% of renters don’t have renter’s insurance. This means that if disaster strikes, they have nothing protecting them.
It may be that you don’t have any singularly valuable items in your apartment. But don’t underestimate the value of all of your belongings together.
Your clothes, bed, and cookware probably amount to thousands of dollars. You owe it to yourself to protect against the loss of these items.
Some homes require renter’s insurance before you move in. But even if they don’t, you should buy some to protect your belongings. The best part is that once you move, most insurance companies will adjust your policy for your new unit!
DIY Security System
What if you want a combination of some of the things we mentioned above? That is possible, too.
When most people think of security, they think of a system hardwired into your home. Complicated to install, complicated to remove. But the new era of home security makes choosing a system that works for you a lot easier.
The truth is, not everyone wants the same thing out of a security system. A four-bedroom house with a yard requires different security than a studio apartment. Our Blue by ADT Home Security System is fully customizable to your needs.
You can choose between indoor and outdoor cameras, doorbell cameras, and motion sensors. Using door and window sensors, you can be notified every time an entryway to your home is disturbed. This is a great way to ensure apartment window security when you are not home.
Build your own system based on your needs, or choose one of our predetermined packages. Everything connects to your WiFi, making it easy to install and take with you from apartment to apartment.
Furthermore, you can choose between solo monitoring on your phone or utilizing our security team for an extra set of eyes. Make your security system your own. Whatever your needs are, we can accommodate them.
Renter Security is Possible
Many renters think that they have to make do with whatever security measures the homeowner has put in place. But the fact is that you now have many more options for improving renter security. With smart cameras, security systems, and personalized touches, you can tailor your security to your needs.
Securing your home is the best way to guarantee peace of mind. If you are interested in improving the security of your house for you and your family, we would like to help. Click here to shop for the security system that is right for you.