It’s home security month this month so we’re fully getting on board and sharing some safety and security pointers with you, our landlords and tenants.
Steps can and should be taken by both parties to ensure the rented home is safe and secure, so here’s a few places you could start...
Start with the obvious areas that could make your property vulnerable to break-ins:
Are your locks secure?
Are there any unsecure doors or windows?
Don’t hide keys under mats or plant pots etc
Do you have any outhouses or sheds that can be easily accessed?
Think about how an intruder could gain access to your property. Are there things in your garden or yard which could be easily used as a leg up to a window for example?
Do you have a gate or barrier to entry? And could this be more secure, either by reinforcing or replacing, or by adding a lock.
Other measures you might want to consider…
Security lights; security lights can be an alert to you that there is someone in or near your property or entrance, it also works to get the attention of passersby or neighbours. Security lights also work as a deterrent for the intruder.
Cameras, again visible cameras on a property are a deterrent to anyone wishing to wrongfully enter your property, however in the unfortunate event that this does happen, cameras can help to pursue the intruder.
Burglar alarms; alarms in the home can alert you in many different ways to the fact that there is an intruder in your home. In many cases the alarm itself will be enough to scare away the intruder, however whatever the situation, you and your neighbours will definitely be aware of it.
There’s an app for that...
In our world of rapid and constant technological advances, there are of course many number of ways that you can help to protect your home when you are elsewhere, remotely, from a mobile device. Of course, these are largely evolved versions of your traditional home security, but they can definitely be worth the upgrade!
Security cameras, (already mentioned) can now be combined with an app on your mobile or tablet, so you can keep an eye on your cameras in real time while you’re not there and can even respond to a knock at the door when you’re not at home; all keeping you in control of, or at least in the know, about what’s going on at home.
Apps like ‘Hive’ may be great inventions for energy saving and convenient living, however these can also be used to ensure safety in your home. With access to switches in the home, remotely while out and about, mean that any concerns about fire safety for instance can be lessened. Hive now also offers motion sensors for the home, easily linked up to the same app on your smartphone.
If you’ve found this useful and you’d like to know more, you can find lots of useful advice on the Home Security Month site!