Just because you don’t own the property where you live doesn’t mean that you can’t take measures to protect it and your belongings. In fact, you have more of a reason to since it may not be important to your landlord to make sure your belongings are protected and secure. As a renter, you need to take home security into your own hands and figure out the best way to protect yourself.
It isn’t just about theft, either. There are many threats you need to protect yourself from even when you live in a rented apartment. In this article, we will give you several tips to help protect you against whatever threat you are faced with.
1 – Get insurance
Although your landlord likely has a robust property insurance plan, it doesn’t usually protect the belongings of the tenant. If your apartment were to be robbed or damaged in a natural disaster, then you are going to be left paying to replace your things yourself.
This is why it is such a good idea to get renter’s insurance. You will be covered in the event of a lot of different scenarios. For instance, if there is a break-in and your computer and other devices are stolen then you will be covered for that and won’t have to pay out of pocket to replace them.
There is also coverage in case of a natural disaster like a lightning strike, flood, hurricane, or other calamities. Even if your house is flooded due to a burst pipe, then you will still have your belongings replaced or given damages to buy new ones.
2 – Set up a security camera
These days, a smart home security system is cheaper than ever and involves little to no invasive installation. A smart camera is likely enough for you to have some security since it can be installed anywhere and with little effort.
They are motion detection enabled so if there is some movement in front of the camera then you will be alerted on a smartphone or computer so you can watch what is happening. If somebody is trying to break in then you will see it in action and can alert the police.
This is a great tool to have in a complex where packages can be stolen from porches or hallways. You will see who it is and have evidence of the crime as a bonus.
3 – Don’t tell people when you’re not home
Thieves are always on the lookout for when there are signs that people are on vacation. If you have mail and packages piling up in your mailbox or in front of your apartment then this is a sign that they will encounter little resistance. Also, if you make an announcement on social media it can be picked up by people who will take advantage.
Have your mail suspended while you are away and don’t announce to the world that you are going away.