A successful property management security service begins with the smart strategy to take care of your tenants. Tenants who don’t feel secure are more likely to move, which can cost you time and money in covering rental losses.
By securing your property, you ensure the happiness of current tenants as well as create a strong selling point for future tenants.
You can improve the value of your property, protect it from vandalism and burglary, and even lower your insurance premiums by implementing effective security measures. This can help you in your long-term investment efforts.
The following are some simple steps you can take to ensure the security of your investment property:
Ensure Main Entrances Are Secure
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors estimates that 34 percent of burglars enter through the front door and 22 percent through the back door. You can strengthen your home’s entrances in a number of ways:
- In addition to regular locks, install deadbolts. When it comes to deadbolt locks, they differ from spring locks in that the only way to open them is by rotating the lock cylinder with the key.
- Doors should be made of solid wood or metal. Often, wooden doors with windows are easy to break into or smash.
- Smartphone-connected doorbell cameras allow landlords to check on their properties at their doorsteps. When you rent out a vacation property seasonally, doorbell cameras will help you keep track of whoever is at your door.
- Renters and landlords can use smart devices to control locks, eliminating keys. Smart locks replace traditional keyholes that burglars use to get into homes. In addition, landlords can easily change lock codes between tenants, saving them time and money by not replacing door locks.
Invest in Window-break Sensors
A burglar will most likely look for a window if he or she cannot gain entry through a door. If you want to prevent a window break-in, consider installing a glass-break detector that triggers an alarm. Let your tenant know that these are there to keep false alarms from happening.
Use Outdoor Cameras to Monitor Your Premises
Investing in an outdoor surveillance camera system around the perimeter of your property can increase your property’s security. It will provide peace of mind for both you and your tenants. Cameras should be placed at:
- Entrances to the building
- Communal spaces
- Exterior hallways
IMPORTANT: You cannot install cameras inside tenants’ homes.
Make Sure the Lighting Is Adequate
Keeping your property well-lit also helps protect your investment and makes your tenants feel safe. If possible, install lights near entrances, driveways, and backyards, and porches.
For additional security, consider installing motion-detecting lights. They are especially useful for properties that may not always be occupied, like seasonal vacation homes.
Invest In Alarm System
If you really want to secure your property and tenants, install a home monitored alarm system. Break-ins will sound an audible alarm and send an emergency signal to the monitoring center, where operators will dispatch help right away. For a complete understanding of your specific security needs, contact a vendor and schedule a property inspection.
Keeping your property safe and sound is something Johns Brothers Security can help you do with our smart business security offerings. We can evaluate your property and design a system that meets your needs, offers time-saving features, convenience, and more. Please speak with one of our experts today at 1-800-242-9760 to learn more!