Home Safety Research: Residential Security Statistics Property Managers Need to Know
Whether you’re a new property manager or a seasoned residential property owner, your most important job is providing a safe place for your tenants to live.
Safety in your residential apartment building or office property means creating a hospitable but protected environment for your tenants. It also means providing measures to keep your property and tenants safe from intruders.
Safety research helps property managers stay informed about how to protect tenants from some of the most common safety concerns. Check out these nine residential security statistics for Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New Jersey property managers.
1. 67% of Burglaries Are Residential
In 2017, an estimated 1,401,840 burglaries took place in the U.S. Of those burglaries, about 67% of them happened in residential locations.
A home burglary makes tenants feel unsafe. Thefts are also an expensive crime. Your tenants suffer financial loss if personal items are stolen or damaged. Landlords incur the expense of repairing damages to the property and adding more security measures to keep the property and tenants safe.
Providing front desk and lobby security, in addition to a security system, are two options landlords can implement to protect their property and tenants. Research the best options for your situation.
2. Most Burglaries Happen During Daylight Hours
While plenty of home invasions happen under cover of night, most residential burglaries take place during daylight hours.
Property crime statistics show that burglars target homes while most people are at work. Properties are empty and available, plus neighbors aren’t around to notice suspicious activity at a targeted residence.
This statistic is another excellent reason to add a security system with cameras to your rental property. Cameras can keep an eye on your property when tenants aren’t home during the day.
3. Burglars Often Come Through the Front Door
The easiest way in and out of your rental property is through the front door. If your property has an unguarded lobby, there is no deterrent for burglars to walk right into a building where they don’t belong.
Help your tenants eliminate an easy front-door entry for thieves:
- Employ 24/7 lobby security to monitor traffic through the lobby
- Enable a check-in system or ID system for residents the security guard can implement
- Remind them to lock the door every time they enter or exit
Prevention can help deter thieves no matter what time of day!
4. Home Invasions Happen Fast!
Most home invasions take ten minutes or less. Burglars know how to get in and out of your home with what they need—quickly and efficiently.
Having a quality security plan that includes guards and a camera security system can help first responders see what happened during a break-in. Video footage is also helpful when identifying the thieves that illegally entered your rental property.
Using a monitored system or virtual concierge helps reduce the response time for first responders. Anything that helps get the police to your property faster during a quick burglary helps deter crime.
5. Good Lighting Deters Criminals
Light it up! A recent study shows that outdoor lighting helps prevent crime by as much as 39 percent at night.
Using security lights and motion-activated lighting can make a burglar think twice before entering your property. Plus, with good lighting, your security cameras can pick up more activity around your property.
A well-lit building also helps tenants feel safer.
6. The Average Loss Is about $2,400
A burglary can cost your tenants the equivalent of what they pay in rent for a month or two. In most cases, renter’s insurance can help offset those costs to your tenant.
However, depending on the things you have in place to protect your property and tenants, landlords can be liable for loss and damage caused during a robbery.
Home Safety Research Protects Your Property and Tenants
Doing a bit of home safety research helps you protect your property and your tenants. Safety is always good for business!
Extra eyes and ears can help you keep an eye on your assets. Our virtual concierge service helps keep watch over your tenants and property. We can approve workers who enter your property for repairs, and our agents are nearby to dispatch first responders in an emergency.
Contact us to learn more about how we can keep your property from being one of these statistics!
OPS Security Group has over 80 years of combined experience protecting executives, businesses, residents, guests and government officials throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C. and New Jersey. As a regional security alternative with a service-first approach, we offer a level of customer service that international providers are too big to deliver. If you’d like to learn more, you can contact us at https://opssecuritygroup.com/contact/