Property Safety at Night 1st Nov 2015

The clocks have gone back, and the nights are drawing in, so what can you do to help keep your property safe at night?

Security in a rented property can be a confusing issue – who has responsibility for what? As a landlord, you are responsible for ensuring the safety of the tenants as far as the property being secure is concerned, and the tenants themselves need to act responsibly, especially in relation to their belongings.

According to Police UK, you are 5 times more likely to be burgled if you have no security measures in place, compared to having even simple security in place. The following are worth considering both for your rental property and for your own home:

  • Lighting – install motion sensitive lighting above front and back doors, garage doors and entrances to back gardens.
    Alarms – fit an alarm and ensure tenants know the codes and are fully instructed in the use of the technology.
  • Locks – existing window locks should be in working order. If needs be fit new window locks. Bolt or padlock garages, gates, sheds etc. Fit a good lock to the front door (such as a 5 lever mortice deadlock), and door chains. In communal flats, the main entrance door should have a working lock.
  • Doors – opt for solid exterior doors, rather than glazed. Ensure doors are in good working order and frames are not worn. Consider installing a spy hole. Ensure cat and dog flaps are locked if there are no pets in the house.
  • Curtains – hang curtains and fit blinds.
  • Foliage – keep trees and bushes trimmed so that neighbours can see in, and thieves don’t have a hiding place. Provide a locked shed for gardening equipment.
  • Neighbours – maintain good relations with neighbours and ask them to keep an eye on your property. Give them your contact details.
  • Insurance – ensure you have adequate home and contents cover.
  • Security Assessment – local police may offer a free home security check. Contact them directly for further information.

After our regular inspections, The Key Place staff will bring to your attention any problems such as broken window locks. However it is up to you as a landlord to consider whether you wish to provide additional security such as lights and alarms. Adopting some practical safety measures can go a long way in helping to protect your investment property.