1. Lock Doors
This is fairly obvious, but it is surprising how often tenants, especially students, forget to lock doors. A simple solution for this is to install a Yale lock along with a door closer. This ensures the door closes and locks automatically.
2. Anti-snap Lock
If you have Euro cylinders on your doors, opt for an anti-snap lock from a reputable supplier such as ABS, otherwise it can take as little as 13 seconds to snap the lock and gain access!
On that note, make sure in HMO properties all bedrooms have an insurance approved lock. It may make a dent in your pocket but HMOs are generally more profitable.
If you are replacing an external door, ensure the door is classified as British Standard (BS) Kitemark PAS 24-1 (also called a “door of enhanced security”). This will almost certainly mean it is at least 44 millimetres, have metal plates around the lock area and a viewer at eye level to allow you to see who is at the door. Check that the frame is as strong as the door too! If in doubt, seek expert advice here – composite doors leeds.
Make sure the outside of your property is well lit. To save on cost, install a dusk to dawn light with sensor that only comes on when triggered.
5. Hide Valuables
Burglaries increase in Summer and Christmas as tenants, especially students, are less likely to be home. Hide or take with your valuables just in case someone manages to break into your home. Normally burglaries are over in minutes. Make there life harder by hiding your valuables!
Always obscure windows. Encourage tenants to lock windows when they are not in their room and not to leave valuables in sight.
Recommended in larger HMOs and blocks of flats to discourage burglars. It also gives tenants piece of mind and may increase the demand of the property.
Common sense right? WRONG. Encourage your tenants to take out contents insurance in the event of a burglary so they are covered. It is the landlords’ responsibility to take out building insurance but they are not obliged to cover contents.
Whatever type of alarm you fit, make sure the red “bell box” is highly visible. “About 80% of making your home burglar-proof is deterring them from even approaching it in the first place, and the bell box is the single most persuasive element.” says PC Tom White of West Yorkshire Police. There’s also the option of purchasing an alarm linked to your phone. Otherwise you are relying on someone else phoning the police and the burglars will be long gone before someone arrives.
10. Keep Tools Out Of Sight
Burglars use whatever tools they find in the garden to break in as it means they don’t have to carry equipment. This makes them less suspicious.
There are several ways to protect your BTL. Start off with the easy wins and then consider the more complex and expensive methods. If you need help securing your property, please contact us and we will be happy to help. If this article has helped you in any way, please feel free to contact us and let us know. Alternatively, if you have anything to add, please get in touch! Read last week’ post on How To Add Value To Your Property.
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