In the United States there are over 2 million home burglaries reported each year and renters are just as likely to be victims of a burglary as property owners are (source). A robbery at your rental property puts your tenants and your property at risk. In addition, if you fail to meet certain security requirements and your property is burglarized then your tenant can potentially break their lease costing you thousands of dollars. For example, if a tenant lost a key and notified you and you failed to change the locks then your tenant may have grounds to break their lease. Here are some tips for protecting your property against a burglary.
Check window locks to ensure that they work properly and upgrade them when necessary.
Inspect doors and locks to check that they lock properly and ensure that they are of high enough quality to prevent forced entry by a burglar.
Light up the exterior of the property at night and make sure key entry and exit points are always illuminated.
Place signs around your property that lead potential burglars to think your property has an advanced security system.
Inform your tenants about proper safety habits such as always locking doors and windows as around 30% of burglars enter a property through an open window or door.
Having cameras around your property can be a major deterrent against burglars and will make tenants feel safer.
Burglaries on your property can be a safety concern or at the very least a hassle for you and your tenants. Burglaries make your tenants feel unsafe which can lead to broken leases and higher turnover rates. Make sure you take the proper steps to protect your property from burglars. In addition, make sure to track all security measures you have taken on your property in your property management system. Realty Information System’s Property Management System enables landlords to track security related invoices and other documents related to their property. Furthermore, RIS Building Management Software has other features including energy management, a communication management menu and more.
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Disclaimer: The information provided in this post in not intended to be construed as legal advice, nor should it be considered a substitute for obtaining individual legal counsel or consulting your local, state, federal or provincial tenancy laws.