Security systems are not only practical for homes – but they’re also ideal for apartments. A burglar doesn’t care if you own the property or rent it. If they can get access, they will. That’s why renters should inspect their rentals to ensure that they have enough protection in place to prevent theft and access help in the event of an emergency. To learn what type of security you should install in your apartment, we’ve rounded up the three most common systems used in rental properties.
Local Alarm Systems
The local alarm system is the most basic of the three. It often includes window and door sensors, motion sensors, and decals to warn burglars that the property is protected. Once a circuit is broken, a loud alarm will sound directly from the sensor warning intruders and alarming neighbours. These types of alarm systems run completely off of batteries so it’s important to check and replace batteries on a regular basis. Compared to the other systems, this is the most affordable type and can be found in most department stores for a couple hundred dollars or less. It’s also the easiest to install and can be easily removed and replaced. However, one of the biggest downsides is that they don’t offer monitoring services. It’s simply an alarm that is designed to ward off burglars.
Wired Alarm Systems
A wired alarm system starts with a control panel with cameras, wired sensors, and motion detectors directly hooked up to it. In the event that a circuit is tripped, an alarm will sound, and a monitoring company will be notified. Depending on the settings, the monitoring company will either contact the homeowner directly or remotely to access the situation before calling emergency services. Because these are wired, you don’t have to worry about replacing batteries to power your system. The only downfall is that this type of system requires drilling into the walls to install it if the rental property has not already been prewired. If the property management company does not want a permanent system or holes in their walls, this might not be the best option for you.
Wireless Alarm Systems
Wireless systems work similarly to wired ones except there are no wires or drilling required. They can be easily installed with the help of a provider and removed quickly if you move apartments. Depending on the type of system you want, some of these tend to run up higher price tags than wired or local ones. They also work off of batteries, which is something to also consider before purchasing.
What’s the Best Type of Security System for My Apartment?
With all things considered, a wireless system is best for apartments. They are easy to install and remove, and they offer a complete range of security features such as camera systems, sensors, and monitoring capabilities. So even if your property manager doesn’t think that your rental needs an alarm system, you can install one of these with little fuss to ensure that you and your valuables are protected.
Let us help you decide which alarm system is right for your rental. Contact us at Bee Alarmed today and we’ll come visit your property to help you make the right decision.