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4 Safety Benefits of Installing an Apartment Alarm System

Oct 17, 2022|

You don’t need to own a home to have a home security system. Just because you rent a place doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take steps to keep it secure. Whether you own a home or rent an apartment, security should be near the top of your priorities.

If you’ve never thought of installing an apartment security system, you should at least consider it. It can help reduce the risk that someone will try to break in. In this guide, we explore all the benefits you might get from installing a security alarm system in your apartment.

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Can you install an alarm system in your apartment?

Before you set to work building a DIY home security system for your place, you’ll need to get your landlord’s permission. If you’re lucky, they might even be willing to foot some of the upfront costs. A security system can sometimes even raise the value of a property. However, you’ll probably have to share the keypad code to your system with your landlord.

Keep in mind that different states have different laws as to what landlords can access. For example, in some states, your landlord might be able to legally access some of the footage from your outdoor camera but not the footage from your indoor camera.

When it comes to home alarm systems, DIY installation is possible. Still, an expert installer will know exactly how and where to set up your alarm sensors for the best possible protection. That’s why Vivint offers professional installation for our smart home security products.

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4 benefits of apartment alarm systems

Generally, small apartments don’t need as much security equipment as larger homes do. A large estate might need a large security kit, complete with door sensors, window sensors, entry sensors, security cameras, and a panic button.

For a tiny apartment, an entire alarm system might only consist of a doorbell camera with a motion detector.

There are many potential benefits you can experience from protecting your apartment with an alarm system. Here are some of the top reasons you might want to consider setting up a security system for your rental property.

Help deter crime

An alarm system can be a great deterrent against home intruders. If burglars liked to work hard, they wouldn’t be burglars, after all.

Sometimes, even the hint of a basic alarm system is enough to make a criminal think twice before trying to break into your home. Why would an intruder risk getting caught when they could just as easily try to enter the apartment a few doors down that has no visual signs of a security system?

That’s why it’s smart to advertise your security system if you have one. Signs and stickers on your property mentioning your system can serve as a warning to criminals not to mess with your apartment. You want to make it as clear as possible to potential intruders that your home is protected.

Better chance of recovering valuables

Security alarms are designed to be loud and annoying to grab your attention. When your alarm goes off in the apartment, there’s a good chance your neighbors will hear it. If you’re lucky, one of them will catch a glimpse of your home thief or even call the police in time to catch them.

In some cases, your alarm system might cause the thief to drop whatever they’re stealing and run away. For example, Vivint’s video doorbell has a package protection alarm feature that lets a thief know they’re on camera the moment they try to grab your Amazon delivery from your front porch.

If you want to keep an eye on your apartment even when you’re not there, consider signing up for a professional monitoring service. For a monthly fee, some security companies like Vivint will watch over your home and automatically notify emergency services if there’s a crisis (if you can’t be reached).

Convenience when paired with a security system

When your security alarm system has compatibility with other devices in your greater smart security system, like smart locks and a smart thermostat, there are several things it can do automatically. For example, you might program your smart lights to flash and change colors whenever the alarm is activated.

Another benefit of having a smart security system is that you can manage it from your smartphone using a remote control. The system uses a mobile app to send notifications to your phone whenever your alarm is activated, so you can call the police.

Security cameras can also help with self-monitoring your system while you’re on the go. Sometimes, the footage from security cameras can even be used as evidence in a criminal case.

Peace of mind

If you’re the type of person who constantly worries about home security, an alarm system for your apartment can help give you peace of mind. You’ll rest assured knowing that there are measures in place to protect your valuables as well as you and your loved ones, including any pets.

And if you have a smart home security system, you’ll be able to check in on your home from wherever you go, so you can relax whether you’re at work, school, or out on the town.

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Discover why so many choose Vivint security systems

Vivint has all the smart home devices you need to keep your apartment or house safe. If you’re interested in improving your security, see what we can do for you. Our experts will show you the best security cameras, motion sensors, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and other smart devices to help you build the best home security system, whether you’re a homeowner or a renter.

All our security devices work as part of a larger Wi-Fi smart home setup that you can manage from a central touch-screen control panel or remotely using your smartphone. And our products have integrations with systems like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, so you can operate your devices with voice control.

We also offer comprehensive 24/7 monitoring options for a monthly fee — so we’re always there when you need us.

Let our friendly, knowledgeable home automation experts answer all your questions. Give us a call at 855.822.1220 today.

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