Hello BP family,
I just had a vacant unit broken into by some homeless people. They were in the unit for about a day and saw people in the unit and called the cops. They left before the cops arrived. The damage was low a broken window (on the door) and the smoked cigarette smell. The window that they broken into was in a dark ally on the back.
So I will likely replace the entire door with one without a window. So now the unit (quadplex) will have two doors (no window) and a main front entrance window. I am hoping adding a windowless door gets rid of an entry point and makes it more secure.
What advice do you have from having it broken into again. Just talked to my PM about lowering the rent.
To make it more secure what advice do you have?
What I've done so far:
Install dummy camera at the front, got rid of the door with a window, and turned on the lights to the upstairs and closed all the blinds. I have a for rent sign that I will get rid of, but there is still a lockbox on the door.
Also, for simplysafe do I have to arm it every time? What is a system good for vacant unit and inexpensive? I want to install something that can detect break-in but doesn't alarm when I have a unit showing from my property manager/agents.
Also, the unit doesn't have internet what is a good option?
You could buy in a better community. I personally wouldn't own property in a neighborhood that allows homeless to hang out because that's asking for trouble.
Talk to your other tenant. If they have internet, you can get a security camera that ties to their internet and signals you when motion is detected so you can monitor on your phone or computer. Offer to pay half the tenant's internet bill for a month. It's in their interest, as well.
I don't ever put up a for rent sign. To me it advertises that the place is vacant. The best defense is to push to get it rented ASAP. I uses Zillow, Craigslist, and FB marketplace and have no problem having an overwhelming pool of applicants. Then have an open house and funnel all of them to a 1 hour window.
Motion sensor lights might also help deter vandals. You can get battery powered ones if you don't have power by the door.
Originally posted by @Robert Hernandez :
@Nathan G. when you say security camera with motion is that like a ring type device?
@John Underwood I'm getting rid of the for rent sign. I like the motion sensor idea.
There are security cameras that are motion-activated even with night vision. You can be notified any time there's motion detected and then watch it on your phone.
I don't have personal recommendations but there are a lot out there.
@Robert Hernandez , new locks , and alarm,,,,,,,, get it repaired and rented
I agree. New locks, alarm and remove the sign from the yard.
@Lawrence Bowers I am thinking about getting a wireless indoor camera that notify via smartphone for motion sensor. What are your thoughts. Or would I need an outdoor too?
Actually Robert, Arlo is indoor and outdoor. They do however have cameras that are specifically indoor. Check amazon. There are a lot of good options out there. The ONLY drawback for the OP is the lack of internet connection. That is required to be able to be notified or view the footage. (Footage, I think I'm dating myself there). Changing the rechargeable batteries can be a bit of a draw back if you put them into spots that are difficult to get to.
Nathan, homeless pop up everywhere. There is a very high end gated beach community near me that has a big problem with them sleeping on the back porches of 7 figure homes.
As to the security. SImplysafe is far and above your best solution. Don't waste your time or money with the window sensors or anything else. You will need a base station, control panel and one or two motion detectors. This is what is so great about simplysafe. There is no required contract. Buy the system and put it on your closet shelf in a plastic tote. When your property is vacant, install the system with a little two sided tape, call simplysafe and turn on the monitoring. Set the alarm delay to zero seconds and no audible alarm in the property. The second someone opens a door or window and attempts to enter. The PoPo and you get called. You can use the smartphone app to disarm from anywhere whenever a contractor or someone else needs to enter. The intruder never knows they tripped an alarm.
When all is said and done and you have a new tenant, but the system back in its tote, turn of the monitoring and forget about it until you need it again.
Oh and no internet required, it is cell phone based and has a 24 hour back up battery.