Recently Arielb38 wrote to me asking about whether or not a home security system was necessary for her new rental home. You can read the first half of my response here.
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- Are all of your window and door locks in working order? When you move into a rental unit, the landlord should be willing to either change the locks or have the tumblers replaced. If he or she is not, invest the money and do it yourself. Many communities now require rental properties to have deadbolts that can only be opened with a key. Check your local and state rental laws and request that your landlord meet these standards.
- Additionally, if you live in a sketchy neighborhood, you may want to request that your home has bars installed on ground-floor windows. Though not the prettiest to look at, they do deter theft.
- Make friends with your neighbors — they are your best allies in keeping your neighborhood safe. Join or consider founding a neighborhood watch organization in your building or on your block.
- Buy renters insurance! It's cheap (as little as $150 a year) and is a small price to pay if you lose your belongings due to theft or natural disasters, such as a fire or earthquake. Most major insurance companies underwrite renters policies, and many online insurers specialize in providing coverage to renters.
- If you still need a security system, and your landlord won't work with you to provide one, look into the company Protect America, which recently began offering its wireless GE home security systems with an innovative program that allows renters to take the system and the monitoring service with them when they move.
Good luck with your move, and be safe!