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Are Home Security Systems Worth It for Renters?

Renters often feel it isn't worth it to pay for and maintain a home security system — but with crime rates rising, protecting private property has become increasingly important whether you rent or own.

According to a 2018 study, renters are likelier to be the targets of burglaries and home invasions than those who own homes, so it only makes sense for renters to consider installing a home security system. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to home security. We'll go over the following solutions that renters can easily incorporate into their home security:

  • Doorbell cameras
  • Wireless surveillance cameras
  • Window and door sensors
  • 24/7 professional monitoring

Atlanta residents have relied on Ackerman Security to deliver top-quality home security and automation systems since 1967. Contact us today at (800) 552-1111 or use our handy online portal to get an instant security quote immediately. Be sure to ask us about our No-theft 200% guarantee.

Doorbell Cameras

Doorbell cameras let you be proactive about protecting yourself from opportunistic thieves.

Video doorbell cameras are an excellent resource for anyone to have. Not only can they show you who's currently at your door in real-time when you're home, but you can also access it from a remote location. Doorbell cameras send you an alert on your smartphone when someone's out there. You can even talk with the visitor if you opt for a doorbell camera with microphone capabilities.

Even if thieves don't actually enter your home interior, they can still be caught in the act of stealing from you. If you're like many renters, you've been the victim of a porch pirate at least once. With the increasing prevalence of online shopping, a doorbell camera lets you be proactive about protecting yourself from opportunistic thieves who prey on those who have packages delivered.

Wireless Surveillance Cameras

Wireless surveillance cameras extend the type of protection offered by doorbell cameras to other areas of the home. This is an excellent option for renters who live in single-family homes rather than apartment units. This lets you see if anyone is trying to access back doors, windows, garages, and other vulnerable areas not typically in the range of doorbell cameras.

When you've got a wireless surveillance system in place, you can review the footage if something unusual occurs when you are not at home. Often, these systems are instrumental in helping law enforcement identify criminals hanging around the neighborhood.

However, wireless surveillance systems don't have to be limited to outdoor usage. Indoor cameras may prove invaluable if your rental home is targeted by household intruders. They can also provide you with peace of mind if you have children in the home who are sometimes alone due to your work schedule — you'll be able to tell in an instant with a brief glance at your smartphone whether they're safe and where they're supposed to be.

Remember that your home is no less a home just because it's rented. All homes should serve as sanctuaries for those who live in them.

Window and Door Sensors

Virtually all home invasions involve intruders accessing the home interior via windows or doors. Security sensors alert your smartphone each time a window or door is opened. Our skilled Ackerman technicians can quickly install doors and window sensors throughout your rental. Many parents, for instance, like the comfort of knowing that a sensor protects the windows in their children's rooms.

Other places where door and window sensors can help protect against home intruders are seldom-used back doors and utility rooms, and garage windows. Burglars and other potential introducers love to lurk in dark, out-of-the-way places where the chances of being noticed are minimal.

Window and door sensors should be combined with other security components, such as smart doorbell systems and motion detectors, for optimal protection.

24/7 Professional Monitoring

Home security systems serve as good deterrents to criminal activity, allow you to monitor your children's activities in real-time when you're at work or otherwise absent from the home, and help law enforcement agencies catch criminals after the fact. You'll probably also receive a discount on your renter's insurance policy if you have household security systems.

But what about when illegal activity is actually taking place? With 24/7 professional monitoring, local authorities are alerted in real-time when someone illegally accesses your home. You'll also have protection against home fires or floods if one of these systems is part of the picture. Additionally, if you've got a medically fragile person in your family, these systems provide alerts if that person experiences a medical emergency.

Think of 24/7 professional monitoring as the final layer of protection that reassures you that your home, possessions, and family members are as safe as possible. Ackerman's monitoring services keep a round-the-clock eye on things and will alert the local authorities at the first sign of a home intrusion. All members of our highly-trained monitoring staff are so good at their jobs that we'll happily pay you twice the value of what was lost if you should become the victim of burglary under our watch.

Thanks to Ackerman Security, Atlanta residents have been gaining peace of mind against home intrusions since 1967. We use only state-of-the-art products and systems, and each household receives its customized security plan based on the individual needs and preferences of the occupants. Please feel free to reach out to us at (800) 552-1111 for more information, or, for your ultimate convenience, use our handy online portal to get an instant security quote.