Home security seems to be a luxury most apartment renters don’t think they have. Some home security companies will charge substantial installation fees and even moving fees, not to mention your landlord probably won’t want holes getting drilled into the wall for a home security system his next tenants may not want. With professional installation and term agreements, it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense for a person that may move away in a year. That shouldn’t mean a renter isn’t able to properly protect themselves and their valuables however. In fact, according to the National Crime Prevention Council, renters are 85% more likely to experience a home invasion. Luckily, there are plenty of great options already available. Here is a breakdown of problems with home security for apartment renters and how to deal with them.
A major concern for most apartment renters when it comes to home security is the instillation process, and rightfully so. Most professionally monitored home security companies require a professionally installation. This installation process usually consists of drilling holes in walls to run wires throughout the home. This is obviously not a valid option for someone renting an apartment as there are usually apartment policies against holes in walls.
A DIY (Do-It-Yourself) home security system is a renter’s best option. This way, no holes are required and the setup is usually simple enough for even the least technologically inclined. The best part is that you can take it with you when you leave. Whether it is a sensor that sticks to the wall or a small camera, you just simply pick it up and take it with you. Unfortunately, most security companies either offer self-monitored DIY systems or professionally-installed monitored systems, not both. We recommend using a security company that offers both; a 24/7 professionally monitored system that is also DIY installation.
Self-Monitored vs. Professionally Monitored
A DIY, self-monitored security system has become recently popular for many reasons. First and foremost, there are no term agreements. Customers are draw to the idea of not having to make monthly payments but what they aren’t initially aware of is they will be forced to pay monthly regardless. While you are able to purchase a camera, you will have to pay monthly for storage to actually save footage. Without the extra storage, the camera is not very useful. Some DIY cameras offer a built-in SD card to allow for local storage in which case, paying for extra storage is unnecessary. The reason most cameras don’t come with an SD card however is the risk that the intruder steals the camera which has all of the footage stored on.
Another major issue with self-monitored security systems is the responsibility the apartment renter just brought onto themselves. Monitoring a security system is a job that never truly ends. For this system to fully work, this would rely on the renter to happen to be checking their cameras as the burglary was happening. Rather than take a chance to happen to be looking at your cameras every time you leave the apartment, you should allow professionals to do it for you. If you are going to have to pay monthly for video storage anyway, why not pay for a professional company?
Contracts and Moving
If you’re living in an apartment, chances are you’re not planning on being there for the rest of your life. When it comes to home security service contracts, most plans will span a period of 3 to 5 years. This can become a fairly big issue if the company you chose for your security charges extra, or even worse, does not allow moving the equipment. Make sure you select a professional home security company that will offer to move your monitoring service to another location.
Unfortunately, it’s fairly rare for a professionally-monitored home security company to allow you to move your system free of charge. This is usually do to the fact that a professional installer is forced to come out and uninstall and reinstall the system in your new apartment. Finding a company that does not require this is important. With Protect America, for example, a move is as simple as alerting a customer support representative of the move, acquiring a move kit, and disconnecting your system.
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