Home security advice when renting

In an economy where it’s hard to get on the property ladder, approximately 5.4million people live in rented accommodation across the UK.* However, one of the benefits of renting is that the cost of renovation and refurbishment falls to the landlord. But whether you’re renting a one-bedroom apartment, flat share or family home, you shouldn’t compromise on home security measures.

Security’s not only high on your own list of priorities; it’s likely to be fairly high on your landlord’s agenda also.

While you want to protect your family and possessions, your landlord wants to protect their assets; after all, any damage to the property during a break-in would be paid for at their expense! Not to mention that in a less secure property, it is much more likely that there will be a higher turnover of tenants, and therefore no assurance of rental income.

As a result, National Home Security Month has put together some simple advice to improve your rented property’s security, without compromising your deposit. If you’re not sure whether your rental contact allows you to make any modifications, remember to always ask your landlord first – it’s better to check if you are unsure.

1. A timber door should be secured with both a mortice deadlock as well as a rim lock. Check whether there’s one on your external doors, and let your landlord know that most home insurers require one, in order to be certificated to BS 3621.

2. If you have a PVCu or composite door, ask if you can upgrade your cylinder to an anti-pick, anti-bump, anti-snap, TS007 3* model.

3. On virtually all PVCu and composite doors a multipoint lock provides a highly efficient and secure locking solution. Check yours is in tip-top condition let your landlord know if it needs replacing.

4. Extra to the traditional lock and key, a home alarm can add peace of mind and an additional level of protection to the property.

5. Finally, CCTV can act as an excellent visual deterrent, as well as capturing potential evidence of a break-in that can be useful for the police.

Additionally, there are other measures you can employ that won’t need your landlord’s permission to undertake.

1. A battery-powered, standalone alarm is a convenient and portable solution, which doesn’t require any installation and wiring. Using motion sensors, a standalone alarm alerts you or your neighbours to an intruder and allows time to keep yourself safe and to alert the authorities.

2. A portable home safe is another simple solution. The safe can be attached to any fixed objects without damaging the floor or walls with screws and fixings. That way, you can keep your most valuable possessions truly out-of-reach.

*The Guardian