It’s the responsibility of the landlord to ensure a rental property is secure. This includes making sure doors, windows, garages and any outbuildings can be closed and have an adequate lock.
If this is in place when a tenant signs their agreement, then they will take on the responsibility of making sure their new home stays secure.
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This is a question I’m asked a lot, and my advice is to undertake a security survey of your home or ask me to come and take a look, so I can identify any areas that could be improved.
Let’s start with the basics.
For the period of October 2016 to September 2017, a breakdown in crime from Hampshire Constabulary showed 10,789 incidents of burglary. The figure from Surrey Police for the same period was 6181. Thames Valley Police recorded 13,725 burglaries.
However, it’s important not to get complacent. Police UK reports the following:
Marking up your valuables can act as a deterrent to thieves as clearly identifiable property is more difficult to sell and its value is reduced for the thief.
Plus, you are more likely to have your property returned to you in the event of it being lost or stolen if it’s identifiably yours.
When it comes to securing your home, a burglar alarm offers increased protection and peace of mind.
There are a variety of intruder alarm systems on the market with different types of detectors to choose from, and it’s the positioning of these sensors that’s key to the effectiveness of the alarm.