Thu 18 Oct 2018
Lee Whitelock, Director MNAEA
It’s estimated that a burglary occurs every 40 seconds in the UK. In light of this rather shocking statistic, you have to wonder, how safe are your rental properties?Security should be a key concern for both you and your tenants. A break-in could prove costly for both parties, and, of course, unnerving for tenants. Tenants will also feel more secure in a property if they know that you, the landlord, have done all you can to prioritise security and make sure the property is as secure as it can be.
Here are some home security tips to help ensure the safety of your tenants and rental properties:
Secure windowsWindows are a major entry point for criminals. So, all the house, flat or apartment’s windows should have working locks, even if they aren’t on the ground floor. Add a secondary lock to windows which open wide or are on the ground floor. Another idea is to insert security bars behind windows. This is something you should consider carefully and discuss with tenants, however, as they can appear unsightly.
Secure doorsSurprisingly, a burglar will enter through the door 72% of the time. 15% of burglars enter through an unlocked door, and 27% will force a lock open. Therefore, it’s vital you secure all entry and exit doors to a property. Solid, heavy-duty doors with deadbolt and chain locks work best. You should also consider adding a peep hole to the front doors of your rental properties, so that tenants can see who is at the door without having to give visitors access to their home.
Install security camerasSecurity cameras don’t only help you catch perpetrators; the presence of security cameras onsite can help deter them in the first place. Cameras can be placed anywhere you deem fit: outside of a property, at entrances, exits, stairwells, hallways, and so on. If you plan on installing security cameras you must inform all tenants beforehand. You may need planning permission from local authorities.
Add an alarm system40% of homes in the UK have an alarm system, but 34% of people who have an alarm system rarely set it. You can have a security system wired into your properties and make it a requirement of the tenants agreement that tenants make use of it. Smart systems connect to lighting systems, smoke detectors, and motion detectors. They’re also hooked up to the internet so you can keep an eye on your properties. But, naturally, these are more expensive than traditional alarm systems.
Educate your tenantsTenants must take responsibility for the security of your property, too. Be sure to advise them on any safety measures they can take, such as closing windows and leaving lights on when they are not at home. It seems like common sense, but people can - and do - slip up from time to time. Similarly, let your tenants know that if they have any safety or security concerns, they can contact you. An open stream of communication will ensure tenants feel protected in their homes.
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