Burglarproofing for renters?
November 16, 2010 9:27 AM Subscribe
What are the most cost-effective ways to burglar-proof a rented apartment?
posted by Metroid Baby to home & garden (25 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
We live in a first-floor apartment on a quiet street. A couple weeks ago someone broke into our place while we were out. I'm not eager for it to happen again.
So we've been looking into ways to deter break-ins, as well as ways to increase the likelihood of tracking down our stuff if it gets stolen. I'm investigating renters' insurance. Having lights with timers seems to be a good strategy. We've braced all the windows with pieces of wood so they're near-impossible to open from the outside. We considered getting window-mounted alarms, but if we put them on every window the cost adds up quickly. Our landlord is going to install outside motion-detector lights in the near future, but hasn't yet.
Other than that, what are the easiest, cheapest, and most effective things we can do to beef up security and make our place unattractive to burglars? We're not broke, but cost is a factor. And since we're renting and will likely move in the next year or two, we can't do anything permanent.
Answers that may sound super-obvious are fine with me, in case I haven't thought of them yet. Thanks!