Security systems are usually considered as something you use to protect your own property.
However, things aren’t always so black and white for renters. After all, it’s natural to question what the point of installing such a system is when you don’t even own the property and have significantly less skin in the game. On the other hand, if you own the property, and are renting it out, you may ask why you need a security system when your own belongings aren’t at risk.
Still, there are additional factors that may make a security system a worthwhile investment if you can find the time and wherewithal to work it into your routine. This article will run through what you need to know and why you should get a security system set up, for renters and owners.
The biggest universal reason that holds true for any home security system is the benefits it can have for your mental health and wellbeing.
Having a built-in system will give you peace of mind, whether you’re a tenant or an owner. Of course, not all criminals will be deterred by such a system, but many are.
More importantly, if they do break in, they won’t be able to sleuth around unnoticed. The tenants and authorities will quickly catch on to what’s happening.
So knowing that there is a much lower risk of theft is one huge benefit: you’ll feel safer having this sort of security in place.
This is particularly important given the fact that when living in an apartment you have a lot of foot traffic passing by. Basically, a number of people can have access to your property at any time, like maintenance workers and front office staff.
With a camera system in place, you can easily identify who is wandering around, letting you keep track of who’s been in and out of the residence and helping crack down on any cases of theft that may occur.
Another big benefit is that new systems require very little complex installation or renovation, meaning you can leave the property in the same condition as you found it.
Years ago installing security cameras would have required drilling holes in walls to set up a wired system. This intense process required your landlord’s express permission and lots of time or money, nowadays you can just invest in a wireless system.
These modern security systems work entirely off the internet and are wireless, making setting them up quick and easy. These cameras can send feeds directly to your computer systems or mobile devices.
This way, you can get the benefits of security and deterrence with virtually no drawback, minus the initial cost. Say goodbye to complex set-up and removal and instead, take advantage of the new technology and argue less with your landlord. Of course, you should still get their permission before setting up such a system.
Another advantage of investing in a CCTV-like camera system is the fact that you’ll be able to take your cameras with you.
Many landlords would be happy for you to cover the costs of installing a permanent security system on their property but because of its wireless capabilities, you don’t have to make this investment for them.
After all, if you know it’s not going to be your forever home, why bother spending so much time and money on something that doesn’t benefit you that much?
However, the advent of wireless technology side-steps all this. These systems are easy to mount and set up around your apartment and can be moved elsewhere just as easily by unscrewing a single screw or just picking them up, protecting your deposit and any future homes you may move into.
One of the big worries when renting out your property is that the tenants will be either disruptive or destructive. You don’t want your property to be damaged and you don’t want other tenants to leave, the best way to do this is to make sure you get the best tenants possible.
Investing in extra security measures will naturally boost your property’s value, increasing the quality of the tenants that you’ll attract.
This higher echelon of choice means you can find greater stability and a better financial outlook in the future.
Simply put, tenants that value their families’ safety and their belongings will be attracted to a property that offers to fulfill these needs.
But things aren’t all peachy and rosy. There are some cons to getting a home security system, and while we believe the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, it’s still important to know what they are.
The biggest drawback is the simple cost and installation tied to such a system. They’re stable and reliable, but if you decide to invest in wired set-ups there is a lot of busy work you have to do and a risk of damage to your property. Even wireless set-ups can often cost more or have hidden activation fees.
The good news is that for a small cost, a good security company can streamline this process.
There are a lot of benefits to getting a home security system. From the sense of security to the portability, to the increased quality of tenants, there are a lot of reasons to invest. You might have to take on some additional costs but it’s likely worth it.
Even if you’re a renter there are still reasons why you should consider investing in a solid security system. The safety and convenience benefits are, for most, well worth the initial cost, but ultimately the decision is up to you.
If you want to know more about getting a security or alarm system in Toronto, call Canadian Security Professionals at 1-877-229-7252 or contact us here.
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