When you’re a renter, managing your home security can be a little trickier than it is for homeowners. You can’t install security cameras outside your home, install newer windows, or add a stronger lock to your front door. But just because you can’t go all out with your home security doesn’t mean you can’t make your apartment a safer space.

Here are a few budget-friendly and renter-friendly ways you can make your apartment that much safer without losing your security deposit.

Removable window locks

About 66% of burglaries are residential home break-ins and windows are one of the most vulnerable entry points. If your apartment has a fire escape, it may be even easier for burglars to break into your home.

The good news is that there are a few window locks that are easy to install and remove when the time comes for you to move out. Some of the most popular options for renters include:

  • Sliding window locks. These locks keep sliding windows from opening by clamping onto the sliding track of the window. They can be easily removed from the inside so you can still open the window when you want to.
  • Burgle bars. These security systems stick to your window and consist of a hinge that falls into place when you close the window, locking it automatically.
  • Window wedges. This lock slides into the window track and holds the window shut the same way a wedge doorstop keeps a door from closing.

Barking dog alarms

It’s no wonder that 46 million households in the U.S. own dogs. Not only do dogs make for great companions, but they also make for great security systems. No thief wants to wrangle with a protective pooch. However, owning a dog isn’t exactly budget-friendly and you may not be able to adopt one if you live in an apartment.

Fortunately, you may still be able to get a dog’s security factor without getting an actual dog. Many companies including Safety Technology International and Streetwise have created motion sensor cameras and home security systems that replicate the sound of a dog barking to help scare burglars and thieves away from your home.

Small wireless systems

It’s no secret that smart home security is becoming increasingly popular. Traffic from wireless and mobile devices will account for over 63% of total IP traffic by 2021. But you don’t need to go buck wild over expensive smart tech.

Small wireless systems like SimpliSafe give you the ability to monitor your entire apartment without drilling holes into the walls. What’s more, small wireless security systems like SimpliSafe, Frontpoint, and Cove all have short-term contracts so you don’t have to sweat your next move.

It can be tricky to feel safe and secure in your apartment when you don’t have the freedom to set up the security system you’d most prefer. But by following the security tips above, you can make your apartment just a little bit safer all while staying in your budget.

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