3 Security Options for People Who Rent

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If you live in a rental property, it can be difficult to install security without having to get permission from your landlord. Here, we take a look at your options.

Renting a property has many advantages, but things can get tough if you want to install your own security. After all, there are very few landlords who’ll be willing to let you pull wiring through walls and run cables behind their precious plaster.

So, what is a renter to do? Well, we’ve put together a list of your options when it comes to installing security without having to leave a permanent mark on your rental property.

Smart alarm

Unlike traditional alarm systems, smart alarms are largely wireless. That means they can be installed with minimal disturbance to the building itself. A system such as the Yale Sync Smart Alarm doesn’t require cables to be run through the property, and only the siren and sensors require easy fitting with screws.

Wireless cameras

Security cameras have always been considered expensive and complicated to install. But, as with smart alarms, many of the new security cameras available operate wirelessly. So, you can simply hook your camera up to your Wi-Fi network to keep an eye on your property when you’re not at home.


If you have access to outdoor storage at your rental property, it’s important to make sure it’s as secure as it can be. While you might not be able to install a new shed or storage unit, a padlock and security chain will help keep most items secure and can be used without modifying the building. Look for a padlock with a Central European Norm (CEN) rating of 3 and above for outdoor applications.

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