I was burgled again this week. Sigh. I need help asking my landlord for specific safety interventions.
I live in a high crime area and was recently broken into for the second time in the last year.
The door was cracked (photo
) but I think the burglar/s actually came in through the window
which was open when I got home. I believe the window was locked, but it's possible we forgot.
I would like to reduce the chances of this happening again and I believe my landlord has a certain amount of obligation to help with this project in the interest in providing a space that is reasonably safe from the threat of foreseeable criminal intrusions. I live in California, and there are some specifics spelled out in the law
here. I have read this
Anyway, my landlord is coming Tuesday to look at the door and windows, and I would like to be prepared with specific requests that are reasonable.
I got some good ideas already from really awesome metachat folks including asking for a new door, and some ideas for how to make the windows more secure (like these
What I'm hoping for in the answers is stuff like, which kinds of window latches might work better and be affordable (so reasonable to suggest to the landlord), arguments I could and should make about what basic house security should include, and why the door might need to be replaced (if it does) instead of repaired.
Thanks so much folks!
FYI for the please call a lawyer crowd, I am not going to call a lawyer at this point. I recognize that this is the internet and getting advice here has real limitations, however, I am making a decision as a fairly well-educated adult to get some ideas from the internet which I can then implement or not, and will take full responsibility for whatever happens as a result.