More than two-thirds of all Californians rent their homes or apartments, and that rate isn’t far above the national averages. But only a small percentage of California renters invest in residential security systems. Surveys reveal that the vast majority of these people view it as an investment for homeowners but not for renters. Perhaps what’s most cause for concern is that many of the surveyed people believe that apartment burglary is rare.
The truth is that apartments and condominiums are easy pickings. In fact, burglary rates for apartments in a given area are usually significantly higher than the rates for homes. Rates are even higher in apartment buildings that have a main entrance used by all. This is because the individual apartments are very easy to access discreetly, and the neighbors become accustomed to strangers in the building.
A common reason not to have alarm systems in California apartments is the fear of high costs. The truth, however, is that the cost of residential security systems has never been lower. The renter doesn’t have to purchase the equipment and can actually lease it for a nominal fee that the alarm company includes in the monthly rate. Furthermore, wireless technology has made installations a breeze, so the big costs once associated with installations no longer apply.
Renter’s insurance is available for pennies a day and helps to protect you in the event of a crime or even a natural event, such as a storm. Most insurance policies for renters offer a number of benefits for those who invest in residential security systems. Benefits include reduced premiums and extended coverages. If you currently have renter’s insurance, call your agent to learn what your security options are.
Ideally, alarm systems in California apartments would be part of the basic, expected level of service. That isn’t the case, however. Most security features are community-wide and don’t extend to the individual apartments. It is possible, however, particularly when it comes time to renew the lease, to negotiate a discount for personalized security that you pay for. The apartment probably won’t cover it all, but they may foot up to 50 percent of it via a monthly rent discount.
Most apartments will have lights near all building and apartment entrances. In large part, it’s required by law. Nevertheless, the proprietor isn’t required to provide amenities like automatic lights. However, once an alarm system is installed, adding an automatic light is simple. In fact, most alarm companies will add motion-based and time-based lights for a nominal fee.
Most modern alarm systems in California are remote accessible and can even be manipulated remotely. In other words, you can have access to your system from your workstation at your job or from your smartphone while you’re on the train coming home. If you’ve installed a security camera, you can even watch a feed from it. Want to know when maintenance or pest control enters you apartment? Remote access allows for that.
Security equipment can be monitored or unmonitored by professionals who react to your alarm system when triggered. In the event of a burglary or home invasion, every second counts and can mean the difference between life and death. Those who opt for the monitored security can take comfort in the added protection.