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Home security isn’t just for property owners. If you rent, you also need to keep yourself and your valuables safe. While you might not have as much control over every aspect of your security as you would if you owned the home, there are still several steps you can take to create a safer environment:

  1. Change the door locks: In a perfect world, the landlord would change the door locks whenever a new tenant moves into an apartment. However, many are not willing to do so because of the expense or inconvenience. You never know who might be walking around with the key to your apartment — if the landlord is reluctant to install new locks, it might be worth your while to offer to share or pick up the total cost to change them.
  2. Secure the windows: The landlord also might not make window security a high priority. Talk to your landlord about installing window locks if there are none currently. Invest in blinds or drapes you can open and close as needed. If you have sliding windows, place rods in the opening to limit how far a would-be intruder could slide the window from the outside.
  3. Purchase a safe: A safe is essential if you need to store valuable items such as jewelry, cash or important documents. If you’re unable to mount the safe to the floor or wall in your apartment, be sure to purchase one that’s heavy enough to prevent a burglar from picking it up and carrying it out. Also, hide the safe in an out-of-the-way area such as the back of a closet.
  4. Install light timers: Timers will turn interior lights on and off at predetermined intervals. This will make your apartment appear “lived in” even if you go away for several days at a time, making it a less inviting target for burglars.
  5. Screen roommates carefully: If you’re looking for a roommate to share the rent, take the time to perform a background and credit check to ensure there are no red flags. If it is someone you don’t know, ask them to provide two or three references with phone numbers and/or email addresses.
  6. Purchase renter’s insurance: Renter’s insurance is an inexpensive form of protection that will cover your contents if they are lost or damaged due events such as theft, water leaks or fire. Depending on where you live and what you need to cover, you can purchase a sufficient policy for under $200 per year.
  7. Get a security system: Discuss the possibility of installing a security system with your landlord. These days, you can purchase an inexpensive wireless system that does not require drilling or running wires all over the apartment. You can also use your smartphone or tablet to view live or recorded camera feeds and receive instant security alerts while you’re away.

If you’re renting in the Phoenix or Tucson, AZ area, Titan Alarm can help you with your home security needs. Contact us to learn more today.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.

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