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How to Help Protect Your Rental Property From Crime

A Burglar Breaking Into a St. Louis Rental HomeAs a St. Louis rental property owner, it’s important to be proactive in preventing crime from happening on your property. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to make your rental property less appealing to criminals. This blog post will examine various simple ways to prevent criminal activity from targeting your investment property. By following these tips, you can help keep your renters informed so they may protect themselves and your investment!

Choose Quality Renters

One of the best ways to protect your rental property from crime is to make sure that your tenant screening process is rigorous. Screening potential renters thoroughly can help you avoid renting to someone with a history of criminal or disruptive behavior in the past. Sometimes, renters themselves are the source of unwanted illegal activity on a rental property. Consequently, it’s important to take the time to choose whom you rent to meticulously.

Invest in Security Devices

A different way to protect your rental property is to invest in common sense security measures. At a minimum, your rental home should have updated and functional deadbolts, door chains, and window locks. Another important part of good property security is indoor and outdoor lighting. Appropriate lighting can discourage criminals from entering the premises without permission. For extra safety, think about letting the renter add security cameras on the home’s exterior or install a camera doorbell.

Keep a Tidy Exterior

It’s also very significant to keep your property well-maintained and clutter-free. If a potential intruder sees an unkempt exterior or overgrown yard, they may see it as an easy target for criminal activity. Keep your landscaping in good shape and get rid of any trash or debris from the yard quickly. Regularly inspect all entryways for signs of damage or forced entry and repair any damaged locks or windows to prevent criminals from gaining access to the property.

Perform Regular Property Checks

Another essential item to complete is performing regular property checks. Either you or your St. Louis property manager should visit the property frequently to ensure that it’s taken care of properly. Take the time to walk the premises regularly and check for any signs of damage or vandalism. You should also look out for any suspicious strangers loitering near your property or hanging around the entrance.

Educate Your Renters

Lastly, make sure your tenants know about crime prevention tips such as locking their doors and turning on porch lights at night, and being aware of their surroundings when entering and exiting the property. Tell them not to put up ads for valuable items on social media, as this might get the attention of criminals. Additionally, remind tenants to never leave their keys in an obvious place, such as under the doormat or in a planter.

By following these crime prevention tips and creating a sheltered environment for your tenants, you can protect your rental property and ensure everyone there feels safe. Another essential strategy to keep your rental safe is to have the right team of property management professionals like Real Property Management Three Bridges to help you keep an eye on things. To learn more, contact us online today!

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