Portland property management team encourages 7 basic steps to home security
Property management teams get called by tenants and owners for many reasons…
One of the scariest is when a tenant has been victimized by an act of burglary. There is no security system or actions that a property management team, property owner or tenant can implement that will guarantee a burglar will not choose your home as a target, but there are some basic steps that can help reduce the invitation!
- Create the illusion that someone is at home by leaving a TV or stereo on with the volume loud enough to be heard through your front door
- Invest in a couple of light timers and set them to come on at different times at night in rooms you do not use on a regular basis.
- Do not leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants or any other obvious outdoor location. Thieves will generally find them. Find an inconspicuous place to hide the keys, or give a set to a neighbor you can trust.Keep garage doors shut. This decreases the chances of someone gaining access to your home through an inside door or helping themselves to the items or vehicle that is in your garage.
- Keep drapes and blinds shut – especially in rooms where there is expensive equipment. Do not leave the empty boxes from your new equipment purchases in your trash area. Don’t advertise the items in your home.
- Don’t leave notes on the door for service people or family members. These alert the burglar that you are not home.
- If you’re going to be away from home for a few days, adjust your telephone ring to its lowest volume setting or forward your calls to someone else’s phone. An unanswered phone may tip off a burglar that no one is home. Make sure your outgoing message on your answering machine does not alert callers about your absence.
- Have a neighbor or friend collect your newspaper and mail. Never cancel delivery – you don’t know who will get that information.