EVEN RENTERS NEED TO KEEP THEIR HOME SAFE
Today, it’s more important than ever that renters take an active role in protecting their belongings – especially while they’re away from home. And luckily, there are no shortages of security tips, products, and services available at the push of a button. Making a rental home more secure is often much easier than you may think. Before you leave for that summer vacay, make sure you take care of the following security tips from Realty Times:
- Leave the lights on
Start by making sure your rental appears to be occupied in your absence. This can be done in a variety of ways, including leaving a television or radio on in the home, using motion activated lighting and placing interior lights on timers. There are even apps you can download, including one that loops random barking and growling sounds, which might seem silly, but when asked, most burglars say they’d stay away if they heard a big, loud dog. One criminal called it a “deal-breaker.”
- Hold your mail and stop your newspaper
“According to a US Postal Service official, mail theft is on the rise, with the objective of getting access to financial information to exploit for personal gain,” said ABC 10. A stack of newspapers at your front door will also signal crooks that no one’s home. If you get regular deliveries of things like coffee, office supplies or diapers, be sure to call and cancel while you’re gone. Packages piling up at your front door can invite theft of your home, and the stuff you ordered.
- Hire a dog sitter or close the doggy door
One of the top obstacles to home break-ins is a barking dog. Rover is a great place to find a qualified dog sitter in your neighborhood who can stay with your pooches and watch your house at the same time. Use this code to get $20 off your first booking: SUSANH12405. If you board your dogs, be sure to lock up your doggy door while you’re gone. You might also want to place a chair or a plant in front of it for extra protection.
- Tell Your Neighbors
No list of home security tips would be complete without this one: Make sure your neighbors know the dates of your trip so they can keep an eye on your home. Also, leave your house key with a trusted neighbor for emergencies and tell them how to get in touch with you. If you leave a key hidden under the mat or in the planter next to the front door, security experts advise you to remove it. Thieves are looking for an easy way in and a hidden key can be the invitation they’re looking for.
- Install a security system
A security system continues to be the No. 1 deterrent to break-ins. From battery operated alarms installed on doors and windows, to monitored sophisticated alarms with video, the choices are wide-ranging. One of the fastest growing and most popular components of home security systems today is indoor and outdoor cameras. Cameras can be mounted outdoors to monitor property, at entryways to keep track of deliveries and visitors, and even inside the house to keep an eye on pets and monitor interior security.
- Don’t advertise your absence.
Avoid announcing your absence publicly on social media. Keep lawns mowed. Leave a radio on in your absence. A talk radio station can be particularly effective in creating the illusion someone is present in the home. There are even apps you can download, including one that loops random barking and growling sounds, which might seem silly, but when asked, most burglars say they’d stay away if they heard a big, loud dog. One criminal called it a “deal-breaker.”
By following these 6 home security tips, renters can relax and concentrate on having fun while away from your residence. If you’re looking for a new place to live in Ventura County, contact the premier full-service Property Management, ReMax Gold Coast. We represent premier long-term rentals in Hollywood Beach, Silverstrand, Mandalay Shores, Port Hueneme, Oxnard Shores, Seabridge, Westport, Mandalay Bay, Oxnard homes and condos, Ventura Keys, Pier Pont, Faria, Solimar & Rincon BeachPark beaches and Ventura and Camarillo. Please call us at +1 (805) 832-4075.