A recent study indicated that renters are 85% more likely to experience a home burglary than homeowners. That’s a sobering statistic for residents who want the peace of mind a security system brings. While home ownership allows you to easily install one of these alert systems, renters are often at the mercy of their landlord or their existing safety features such as doors and window locks. In addition to protecting your space with a comprehensive Wright City Renters Insurance policy.
If you’re in the market for a new place, check crime statistics on sites such as Safe Neighborhood and StreetAdvisor. This basic and readily accessible information can mean the difference between feeling safe or uncomfortable in a new place.
Front doors, back doors, and windows are the most common entry points for burglars. Do your best to be proactive about beefing up security in these areas.
- Door hinges: If your hinges are on the outside of the door, a thief could target those to remove it completely. Simple setscrews to secure the hinges to the frame and deter any would-be burglars.
- Deadbolts: If your door doesn’t have one, and your apartment manager won’t provide one, check to see if you can install one yourself. At the very least, you can probably install a chain lock. If there is a deadbolt, you might even consider asking the landlord to replace it, since anyone who’s lived there potentially has a key. You could even offer to do it yourself and then give them the spare, says Lifehacker.
- Windows: There are plenty of renter-friendly options for window security. For example, adhesive-backed alarms like Doberman are ideal and monitor for excessive vibrations or attempts at entry. Be sure to remove any shrubs or bushes below your windows, if you can help it, to prevent an obvious hiding place for robbers.
This inexpensive policy will cover vandalism, fire, and even water damage. It’s a great value, gives you the peace of mind you need, and it can be as inexpensive as $30 a month.
About Sine Insurance Group
At Sine Insurance Group, we strive to protect your dwelling and your possessions with the proper coverages to meet your specific needs. Our commitment to excellence and our superior customer service has allowed us to serve St. Louis and the surrounding areas for the last 25 years. For more information on our products and how we can secure your belongings in your rental unit, call us today at (636) 947-1177.