Features Renters Need in Apartment Security Systems
A security system can help make your apartment safer while protecting your valuable items and irreplaceable mementos. Using our home security system finder is a quick and easy way to compare SafeWise-approved security systems. As you do, keep these key features in mind.
As a renter, you probably aren’t allowed to drill holes in your apartment to run wires through the walls, so a wireless security system is a must. Easy installation isn’t the only advantage of a wireless security system, though.
Wireless systems are often considered more reliable than wired ones because there are no wires for a burglar to cut, thereby disabling the system. Also, unlike with a wired system, a wireless system can be packed up, taken with you, and installed in your new apartment.
When evaluating wireless security systems, it’s important to find out whether you or the company will own the security equipment. With some security companies, you receive the security equipment free when you pay for installation and monitoring services, but you don’t own the equipment.
Oftentimes, this means you can’t transfer the equipment to a new apartment if you move. Or, you might have to pay a fee to transfer the equipment. To avoid potential problems like these, SafeWise recommends renters own their apartment security systems.
It’s not uncommon that owning the security equipment also means installing the system yourself, or at least having the option to. DIY installation means avoiding installation fees and enjoying the convenience of setting up your system according to your schedule.
Thanks to modern technology, you don’t even have to be expertly handy to get the job done. In most cases, the security company provides you with step-by-step instructions, online guides, videos, and other resources. DIY installation is designed to be uncomplicated, but it’s still important to read product reviews to find out what other customers have said about their experiences.
Apartments usually have small footprints, only one entry door, and just a few windows. If this sounds like your apartment, you probably don’t need an extensive security system—a basic one may suit your needs just fine.
What’s included in a basic system varies per company, so research your options carefully. With some security companies, you may even get a free basic system for signing a service agreement, and you will still own the equipment and take it with you wherever you may move.