Even if you don’t own the home you live in, that doesn’t mean you should take security measures lightly. Burglars don’t care who the property belongs to, especially if they see it as an easy target.
Of course, landlords want to protect their asset just as much as you do. You should work together to manufacture a robust security plan to thwart break-ins.
The rented sector makes up a significant amount of the UK’s property market; out of around 26 million households nationwide, an estimated 5.4 million of them are occupied by tenants. This number is expected to grow to over seven million by the 2020’s.
Here are some simple security measures you can integrate into your property, although it’s best to consult your landlord if any serious modifications are to be made.
Remember, you both ultimately want the same thing – to keep the property as secure as possible – so take into account the following tips or consult a professional security firm for maximum protection.
Secure Doors and Windows
Opportunistic thieves will be on the lookout for unlocked doors and windows as an easy way in – ensure everything is locked up securely before you go out, even upstairs windows that could be accessible to an intruder.
It’s recommended you secure all exit doors with a five-lever mortice deadlock, installed to the required British standards (BS3621), as well as a rim lock for extra strength.
For PVCu doors, you are likely to have a Euro profile cylinder that works with your multi-point lock. However, it’s possible to upgrade this to an anti-pick model, such as the TS007 mechanism, that increases the effectiveness of the lock.
Ask your landlord if the existing locks, frames and hinges meet the required British standards, informing them that this may be compulsory to meet insurance requirements.
Tenants should stay alert of criminals using cloak and dagger means of entering your home. For example, deceptive cold callers may use bogus sob stories or fake credentials to gain access.
To reduce the likelihood of this happening, verify any visit with your landlord and ask to see credentials. You should also install a spyhole or chain on your front door for additional security.
Investing in security equipment such as CCTV cameras and intruder alarms is a great way to deter criminals from attempting a break-in. More advanced products such as security doors, monitoring services and home automation systems will provide added peace of mind for both landlords and tenants alike.
It’s recommended to utilise the experience of a professional security firm to both supply and install products on your behalf. Look out for companies who are accredited with the NSI and SafeContractor as a guarantee of reliability.
Even if the bricks and mortar aren’t yours, tenants still require a vigilant attitude and effective security measures in place to protect their possessions and loved ones.
If you’re thinking about making your rented home more secure, you might be interested in our Intruder Alarm Buying Guide.
For more advice from the professionals about keeping your rented home secure, get in touch today.