This article was written for SafeWise by Ioana Popovici from RENTCafé, an apartment search website.
Renters often struggle with how to secure their homes and safeguard their families. After all, the property isn’t their own, so they can’t install complicated security systems, mount new storm doors, or place bars on windows.
Though landlord stipulations restrict a renter’s security options, there are still ways to keep your home safe from break-ins, burglars, and peeping toms.
Here are a few ways to get creative and protect your rental—without breaking your lease.
Try a Video Doorbell.
The Ring Video Doorbell turns your doorbell into a security camera that you can access from your smartphone anywhere, at any time. Then you can see who’s at your door—which is beneficial because potential burglars almost always ring before entering a home—and speak through the camera to make it seem as if you’re home.
Setup isn’t complicated, either. As long as you have Wi-Fi in your rental, you should be able to easily replace your existing doorbell with the Ring Video Doorbell. Just swap it back with the original when you move out so you don’t incur any fees.
Rent a Safe Deposit Box.
No matter how you try to combat theft, there’s still a chance your home may be burgled. So instead of storing your jewelry in a drawer and your cash in a dresser, invest in a safe deposit box at a nearby bank to keep your valuables safe off site. This way, even if you are robbed, your valuables won’t be stolen.
Cover Windows and Doors.
Install blinds and curtains that block anyone from seeing inside your apartment. If your rental’s windows are large, consider adding a tinted window film as well. This will make it less likely that potential burglars can see inside your home, which means it will be difficult for them to verify if you’re home and scope out any potential items they may want to steal.
Get a Dog.
There’s nothing scarier to a burglar than a dog—especially one they can only hear, not see, which means louder is better. Just make sure it’s okay with your apartment complex or landlord that you have a pet, and check to see if there are any pet restrictions or required pet deposits.
Invest in Renters Insurance.
Renters insurance can give you the comfort of knowing that no matter what happens to your rental, your belongings and finances will be safe from harm. It can cover damage caused by natural disasters, fires, and break-ins—and it can even reimburse any costs you incur if someone is hurt on your property.
It might seem a little more challenging to protect a property that’s not your own, but securing your rental home is entirely possible—and worth it. Do you have more tips to add? Share them in the comments.