4 Tips for Keeping Properties Safe
February 28, 2018
Whether you work in a rental division in your real estate business or property management is your main bread and butter, you know how important security is to your tenants and investors. According to Ooma, a DIY home security company, renters are 85 percent more likely to be burglarized than homeowners.
What can you do to put clients at ease? Take a moment—as moving season heats up once again this spring—to secure your units for your renters.
- Find the weak spots. Conduct a safety audit on your properties to find the most susceptible points of entry. In-window air conditioning units, fire escapes, and dark entryways are all common entry points for burglars, according to Ooma. Motion sensor alarms are one option for securing these areas.
- Secure ground level windows and patio doors. A simple yet effective way to add peace of mind is to make sure there’s a security bar or metal rod that can block the door from being opened. Consider adding motion sensors to these areas as well.
- Consider security cameras. Video is usually the best way to catch burglars, Ooma says. Some cameras have built-in sensors that read thermal information and sound, which will activate recording.
- Monitor your property from your phone. Many DIY home security systems come with an app that allows you to monitor a property remotely and receive notifications when a motion sensor or camera has been triggered.
Source: “Keep Your Chicago Apartment Safe with 5 Security Hacks,” February 2018, Ooma.com
Updated: October 15, 2019