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Posted February 28, 2024 by Rental Advisors

Renters 101: Safety Measures and Protection Tips

Whether you are just moving in or have been living in your home for a while, you want to make sure it is safe and protected. There are many proactive measures that you can implement to enhance your safety and the well-being of those you live with. With this blog, we’ll delve into some essential safety tips that every renter should do to safeguard themselves and their homes.

Inspect Your Property

Give your home a thorough inspection to make sure it is safe and secure. Check that all windows and doors are functioning and can lock, that there is ample lighting in common areas and outside the premises, and that the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and can be heard across the property. If you are curious and comfortable enough to do so, you can speak with locals and use online resources to gauge the level of crime in your neighbourhood. This will help you determine your next steps.

Install Security Measures

To provide you with peace of mind, look into installing some security devices around your home. Some options for this can be cameras, motion activated lights, additional locks and clearer peepholes in front doors. These can help prevent crime and keep your home safe.

Have An Emergency Plan

An important protocol to have in place is an emergency plan. This should contain an action plan if disaster were to strike. Know where your emergency exits are and have at least two of them. Also outline where all important landmarks are – like breaker boxes and fire extinguishers – and make sure they are up to date and functioning properly. Have a thorough list of emergency contacts, meet up spots and secret phrases to use in case of danger. It is also important to create some safety kits. This should include bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlights with batteries, extra clothes, blankets, a first aid kit and more. Being proactive by preparing for any unexpected events will help keep you and your loved ones protected.

Secure Valuables

If you have any valuable items – such as jewellery, important documents and family heirlooms – make sure they are stored in a safe location, out of sight from windows and potential passerby.

Use Timers

If someone is perceived to be home, break ins are less likely to occur. Using either timers or products with smart capabilities can give the illusion that someone is around, even when you are at work or out of the country. These can be paired with lights, appliances and other devices to make a home look occupied.

Get Renter’s Insurance

Unforeseen circumstances can strike at any point, so invest in renter’s insurance. These will protect your belongings in cases of theft, damage and other disasters that are out of your control. It is relatively inexpensive and can help you feel more secure – mentally and financially.

Communicate with Landlords

If you have concerns about your safety, communicate these with your landlord. They can assist you with updating appliances, maintenance issues and any other steps needed to increase your safety and well-being. They should address any concerns you have around this topic promptly and professionally. 

Join Community Groups

Knowing that you are not alone in your concerns can help alleviate some stress. Do some research and see if there are any community groups in your area. These could be watch programs or weekly meetings. Use these as a resource to stay informed on what is happening locally and in the surrounding areas.