October is here and with the clocks due to go back soon, there has never been a better time to make sure that your property is secure.
Data from the Office of National Statistics shows that there were 669,000 cases of domestic burglary in England and Wales in 2018 – and one in four were of victims of the crime more than once.
To mark the start of National Home Security Month, the RLA has put together some top tips for landlords when it comes to keeping their properties, and ultimately their tenants-more secure.
According to the organisers of National Home Security Month, around 5% of burglaries take place due to an unlocked door, while a staggering 28% of UK adults take no security precautions at home.
What can landlords do to keep their properties -and their tenants-safe and secure?
The RLA has created an interactive tool which specifies the kind of work you can do to ensure your rental property is safe and secure. This includes:
It sounds obvious, but it is worth reminding your tenants of the importance of locking the door, especially if they are going away for a few days.
It may also be wise to consider the kind of lock you have on your property. By law, tenants in a HMO must have rooms that lock, but have you ever thought about the type of lock you have on the front door to the property? To increase the security of the property for your tenants, you could consider:
- Installing a five lever mortice lock for external timber doors or a three multi-point locking system for PVC-u external doors.
- Installing door chains.
- In a shared property (such as a block of flats), the freeholder or appointed manager is responsible for making sure the main entrance door to a shared property has a lock that meets the above standard.
- Installing burglar alarms, defender alarms and security, night lights and spy-holes.
- Ensure doors fit properly into their frame and are free from damage.
- Ensure that patio doors are secured with a french door lock
When it comes to home security, don’t just think about the inside of the property. You should also make sure that outdoor sheds and gates are kept secure with a quality bolt and lock.
Remember, if you are an RLA member and need to buy new home security equipment, then we can help. RLA members can benefit from a 5% discount on such items at B & Q, thanks to the RLA’s partnership with Tradepoint.