Home Security Tips for Renters
Although you may have protected your personal possessions from theft by purchasing California renters insurance it’s still a smart idea to try and make your rented apartment as secure as possible. Some security measures are portable and can be taken with you when you leave, while others you may need to discuss with your landlord.
One of the first things you should check is your entry door, including the door frame and lock. Ideally the door and the frame should be solid with no signs of damage or splintering. Should the lock appear to be old or weak, adding a newer, stronger lock is an excellent way to begin increasing your home security level, so consider seeking permission from the landlord to do this.
Once your entry doors and lock are in order, consider purchasing a door alarm. When an unauthorized person opens the door, a loud siren is triggered and will continue until a code is typed into a keypad. This type of alarm is easy to install and should be able to be uninstalled without damage or alteration to the apartment.
Another consideration is a wireless alarm system. For a renter, a model that plugs into an existing power outlet is a good choice. Typically these types of alarms are triggered when motion is detected within their area and can be used for windows, door or room security.
Remember to inform your landlord of any security measures you take and consider showing him or her how they work, along with any deactivation codes, as a precaution if you’re not around and an alarm is triggered. Your security measures may also make you eligible for a California renters insurance discount.