A Rented Home Doesn't Have To Be Vulnerable


If you are thinking of renting a property you might think that the new home’s security is going to be a problem. After all, most of us imagine that we will make very few significant changes to a property we are renting.

However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Even if you are thinking of staying there on a relatively short term basis you can still make it a place where you and your family feel safe and protected.

Smoke Alarms are a must
Don’t forget to think about your family’s fire safety as well. Any rented home should now come with smoke alarms but the onus is on you to make sure that this is the case. If you need to buy some yourself then the good news is that these are also easy to take with you when you move on. Even if some are already fitted you should still do the necessary checks to ensure that they are in working order, as the landlord and  previous tenants might not have carried out proper maintenance checks on these in the past.

Don’t forget to take the Security Features with You
Modern burglar alarms offer a great example of security features which can be moved from one property to another. Especially recommended are the wireless models, as these can be extended to cover a bigger property in the future if you need to do so. The same principle applies to your CCTV system, and the digital ones are those which offer you the best level of flexibility in adapting it to your future properties. A site such as the ADT one will show you all of your options, so that you choose wisely.

 Know the Area
It is easy to find a rental property and move straight into it, but did you do any research on the local area? Even if the house itself is well protected you won’t want to be exposed to living in a dodgy area. It is certainly worth taking some time to check out what is around the property. For example, are there abandoned houses or shops, shady areas or places where gangs hang out in the evening? A quick search online will get you the latest crime figures for the area but there is nothing quite like your own gut feeling for helping you choose the right place to live. Try to walk around the house and the area at different times of day to see whether you see any suspicious behaviour or feel in any way uneasy.

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