Security Tips for Darwin Tenants
As we are aware the crime rate has been on the rise in recent years. Your landlord and the body corporate are responsible for taking reasonable steps to provide and maintain locks and other security devices to ensure the premises are reasonably secure. Still, there are some security precautions you can take to protect yourself. Here's what you can do to keep yourself and your belongings as safe as possible.
Hide Your Valuables
Often, break-ins are crimes of opportunity. If thieves can look in your windows and see your wallet, car keys or purse sitting out, it will be tempting for them to break in. Without proper security measures, burglars can quickly steal your valuables and walk back out again.
Rather than leaving things out where they are visible, put them in your bedroom, closet or cabinet. Many thieves won't bother breaking into an apartment that doesn't look like it contains anything worth stealing. So don't make your home an easy target.
Install a Security System
Depending on the terms of your lease, you may be able to install a security system in your rental unit. This could include motion sensors, glass-break sensors, security cameras, a video doorbell and an alarm. Check with your landlord or property manager to find out what they allow in your specific building. Many security companies provide remote monitoring services to protect your apartment and belongings, even when you aren't home.
Notify Your Landlord of Security Risks
Although your landlord property manager will inspect the property on a regular basis, no one can see everything at all times. If you notice any issues with the property, like a broken lock or a gap in the fence, don't assume another tenant will let management know. Take it upon yourself to alert your landlord or property manager in writing of the potential risk so it can be addressed appropriately.
Remember, you, the tenant, are your property manager's greatest resource for identifying day to day security problems. This is a job you and your neighbours should all take seriously.
Obtain Renters Insurance
Although most landlords don't require you to maintain renters or home contents insurance, you may wish to purchase this additional coverage. This is especially if your belongings are valuable. If you experience a break-in and it wasn't due to your landlord's security negligence, your insurance coverage will help recover some of what you've lost.
Some insurance policies are more comprehensive than others. Be sure to ask your insurance agent plenty of questions to ensure you understand what your policy covers.
Use Common Sense
In many cases, theft and break-ins are preventable. All it takes is a bit of common sense. If you notice anything suspicious around your apartment building, report it to your property manager, or in extreme cases, the police. Taking a few extra minutes to report anything unusual can go a long way towards protecting you and your neighbours. Even if there isn't an issue, it is better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your safety.
Although building security is typically your landlord's responsibility, that doesn't mean that you don't still have a role to play in this area. Look out for your neighbours, and they will, in turn, look out for you, making your building safer for everyone who lives there. With a concerted effort from all tenants, you can keep your homes and belongings as safe as possible.