When most people think of home alarms, they think of a bulky system designed to protect a sprawling house. While protection for multi-room residences are indeed part of the security business, it’s not the only type of property that needs safety measures. Due to rising home prices, more and more families are seeking rental apartments in place of mortgages. Though the dwelling may be different, the need for safety remains. However, most assume that rental houses, duplexes and units cannot utilize a home security system. While that may have been true in the past, it’s certainly not today.
Why would a suite in a sky-high condo building need an alarm? After all, many buildings have concierges, in addition to locked front entrances. Anyone who’s ever lived in such an area knows that it’s shockingly easy to breeze past this part of the residence and gain access to any of the hundred plus units. Additionally, not every renter changes the lock when they begin living in a new space. A number of previous tenants could still have access to the property. Buildings are also filled with tons of occupants, visitors, delivery people and more, making it near impossible for an inhabitant to know all the faces they pass in the hallways. In some ways, this makes the spot even more vulnerable than in other areas.
In fact, according to condo experts, luxury units and apartments are 85% MORE likely to be targeted than other property types. A big reason for this is because renters are less likely to consider security and alarm systems.
Luckily, ADT Alarm Guard has you covered. Unlike other systems, this device does not require installation, drilling, and wiring. Because many rental units do not allow significant changes or construction, the device is specifically designed to be simple and compact. There’s also no installation fee, making it more affordable.
You still have access to the same features available for larger properties including:
- Motion sensors
- Window sensors
- Video surveillance
- Smart door locks
- Smart thermostats
- Smart lighting
Any renter can easily set up the small device by simply plugging it in and placing the sensors around the home. It’s less hassle than putting together a new piece of furniture. It’s also fully encrypted and supports a variety of smart technology for those looking to automate their home functions.
Securing an apartment is of particular importance because these residents are also less likely to have comprehensive home insurance. Meaning, if a burglary does occur, they may not be covered for any of the damages and loss. A Montreal couple lost over $200,000 when a thief targeted their condo and stole jewelry and sentimental items. Despite the fact that the building had a camera in the elevator, police could not catch the culprit.
Around the same time, Toronto residents were outraged when a thief stole copies of the unit keys from the building manager and made off with thousands of dollars of valuables. In this case, police also had video footage of the criminal but were not able to apprehend him.
For more information, visit alarmguardsecurity.ca/rental-property-security or call 1-866-282-3331.
Though no one thinks it will happen to them, every 90 seconds a home is broken into. In some areas, the rates are even more frequent. Residential burglaries are a regular occurrence but for the victim, it can be one of their most difficult and frightening experiences. Robberies not only affect a household financially, but the event can leave a deep and lasting emotional scar. There are also bureaucratic steps to take in order to file a police report and insurance claim to recoup the loss. However, the experience can be so dizzying for the family that it can be impossible to think straight and understand the necessary actions. Follow these guidelines in order to ensure your burglary is processed correctly – and never happens again.
- Most burglars strike during the day, meaning a resident will come home to a terrifying surprise. A broken window or open door is likely the first signs that something is not quite right. If, after entering the house, it’s obvious crime has taken place, it’s best for the person to quickly exit and call for help. Staying at a neighbor’s house is preferable, in case the perpetrator is still in the vicinity.
- Once the police arrive, allow the officers to search the residence and answer their questions with as much detail as possible. Refrain from going inside, as this could contaminate the crime scene.
- After looking around, identify any stolen or damaged items. Check regular hiding spots for missing cash or jewelry. Before detectives leave, ask for a copy of their report and contact information. This will help expedite the insurance process.
- Make sure you know how the thieves gained entry. In most cases, crooks enter through the front door. You will need to take note in order to fix these vulnerabilities.
- Call your insurer as soon as possible. Depending on the policy details, they may be able to offer emergency help like repairs or housing, if the damage is too severe to return to the home.
- If not, the homeowner should call a cleaning company or maintenance service, if they need assistance with these tasks.
- It can be frightening to stay in the home before a thorough cleanup has been completed. It might be easier to sleep, especially if there are children involved, at a friend or relative’s house.
- Conduct a second search of your property the next day, with fresh eyes. It will likely be easier to spot any smaller or missing items that were overlooked in the initial review.
- Examine your property and upgrade any weak entry points such as locks, torn screen doors, and loose window frames. Trim hedges and bushes around the yard so prowlers are not hidden on the property. Move any ladders or patio furniture away from the house, where it could be used as a boost to gain access to the home.
- Call an alarm company to inquire about the installation of a home security system. Most will come with motion detectors and doorbell cameras, which are a huge deterrent for criminals. Ensure you choose a reputable company. Though some offer cheap rates, response times and system quality are key.
Being the victim of a burglary in your own home is terrifying, but with proper preparation, you can ensure your safety in the future.
It’s everyone’s worst nightmare. You’re brushing your teeth, getting ready for bed and suddenly you hear a noise and fear the worst. Someone is breaking into the house. While this scene is depicted in countless horror films, in reality, burglars typically target homes when they’re most likely to be empty. In general, this means the majority of thieves strike during the middle of a weekday when families are at home and school and their surrounding neighborhood is quiet. However, a smaller percentage of property crimes do occur in the opposite scenario: at night or when the residents are inside. Recently, a couple settling in for the evening was surprised by a bat-wielding thief attempting to rob their home. The terrifying incident ended in tragedy as the startled burglar attacked the pair, leaving both with critical injuries.
Though such incidents are relatively rare, they are more likely to end with fighting and greater destruction. If you encounter a similar situation, it’s best to diligently follow these guidelines to avoid a similar fate:
- Confirm the break-in: It’s easy to jump to conclusions, especially if you’re home alone. Before taking any action, view your security cameras, if available. These handy devices are growing in popularity – for good reason. A homeowner can quickly quell any concerns by viewing footage on their smartphone.
- Keep quiet: If you are certain that a prowler has entered the property, it’s best to stay silent. Engaging in a confrontation is dangerous, especially since the burglar likely assumed the home was empty. A startled thief may be prone to attack.
- Call for help: Call 911 as soon as possible. A mother putting her young daughters to bed on an early Thursday night heard footsteps downstairs. Assuming it was her husband, she peered down to speak to him. Shockingly, she saw two masked burglars. She ran to a bedroom to phone the police, who arrived before anyone was hurt.
- Leave the house: If feasible, exit the home and go to a neighbor for help. Wait at that location until authorities arrive and investigate the property. If you manage to call 911 while inside the house, follow the operator’s instructions. If you are on a second floor or other location where an escape is not quickly and safely accessible, a trained professional might suggest hiding inside a locked room.
- Do not confront the intruder: Even those with defense training should not attempt to subdue a burglar. It is not always clear if a perpetrator is armed or violent. Some criminals are under the influence of substances and their behavior can be erratic.
- Allow police to investigate: If you have a security camera, provide detectives with a copy of the recording. If you saw the burglar, provide a detailed description as soon as you can. Do not touch anything until police have cleared you to enter the home.
Many families wait until a burglary has happened before deciding to install a home security system.
Even if you are not home during a robbery, the situation is still traumatic and devastating. Prepare yourself before the unthinkable happens.
Call 1-866-282-3331 for a free quote or visit alarmguardsecurity.ca/adt-residential-security-monitoring for more information.