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5 steps to better property security

2 October 2017 / By: / Under: Landlords

Security, security, security. It’s a top priority for all of us these days, whether we’re a business owner or a homeowner. Like buildings which house large corporations, small shop premises and owner-occupier properties, rental properties also require good security.  

A tenant has a right to feel safe in their home, and it is the property owner’s responsibility to make sure the premises is as secure as possible. If you need to improve the security of your rental property, we’ve outlined some ways in which to do it.  

steps to better property security

1) Install deadbolt locks on entrance doors

Make sure all the locks on entrance doors have deadbolt locks, as this makes the locking system more secure. A solid door or solid wood door will also be more secure than a hollow wood door. The same applies for back doors.  

2) Install outside sensor lights

This follows on from having secure front and back doors. Outdoor lights are effective at deterring burglars, and work best when installed close to the front and back door. Motion sensor lights can work well, as they put a would-be burglar off guard. Sensor lights also make it easier for tenants to see what they’re doing if they return home late at night.  

3) Install a security system

A security system may seem like a big investment for a rental property, but there are multiple options on the market, so you can choose one which sits within your budget/the needs of the property. Potential tenants will likely find the property more appealing if they know there is a security system in place, and some tenants may pay a little extra for good security.  

4) Check the security of the windows

Window security is especially important for ground-floor apartment lets, but you should treat all windows as potential points of entry for a determined burglar. Burglars can break the glass and then reach a hand in to unlock the window, so the windows must be fitted with a lock which prevents the windows from being opened from outside. Make sure all window locks are in good working order.   

5) Carry out a security review

Do a sweep of the rental property to see where security measures could be improved. Are there places outside the property where burglars could hide, such as behind a fence or bush? Does an outside light need fixing? The more secure the property, the more likely tenants will want to stay in the longer-term, ensuring you experience fewer void periods.  

For landlords, a tenant-occupied property is a property that is less likely to fall victim to a break-in or vandalism. It’s important to limit void periods for this reason. It’s also good to make sure that you, as the landlord, have a good relationship with the neighbours. In the event the property is unoccupied, you can then ask the neighbours to be vigilant and keep an eye on things. This is especially important if you don’t live close to your rental property but want peace of mind that it is secure.   

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