Renters often have the same concerns about securing their stuff as homeowners, but they lack the ability to put in permanent solutions to their security flaws without risking big penalties. However, there are still plenty of non-permanent options for securing your rental, from individual gadgets to full security systems.
Smart Home Stuff
If you feel like rolling your own security, investing in smart home equipment is a great way to beef up safety without permanent installation. Things like smart light bulbs and outlets make it easy to make it look like you’re home even when you’re not.
These systems are easy to take with you when you move out but provide good security by deterring criminals from even considering your home. Combined with cameras like the Nest Cam or Logi Circle, you can even have lights or fans turn on when someone breaks in order to scare them off.
In addition to lights, door locks are also part of the smart home that can boost security. With an option like August, you don’t even have to remove your existing deadbolt — just slap the new one on and you’re ready to roll.
With a smart lock, you can set up rules to always lock your deadbolt when you leave, share access with friends or family without giving them a key, or just get into your apartment without fumbling with your keys. Read more about your options with our review of the best home security cameras.
Of course, smart home stuff will only take you so far. If you want a little more peace of mind, consider going for a security system that works wirelessly. This means installation can be done anywhere and doesn’t leave behind holes in the wall or stray wires.
You’ll also want your equipment to be reusable when you eventually move, so going with a national brand is a good idea. These solutions are also DIY affairs, so you may want to ask a handy friend for help if you’re unsure of how to do something.
The biggest benefit of going with a security system is the ability to have your security system monitored. This means a professional will be alerted when your alarm goes off and they will be able to send help to your location.
Companies like Frontpoint or Protect America are great options, as they provide a wide array of sensor to fit your needs and can be expanded later. You’ll probably want to go with a cellular monitoring package now that landlines