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December 04, 2018

Who’s Coming into My Apartment? Why Home Security Systems for Renters Are a Must

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When you live in an apartment building, you soon get used to lots of activity in and around your building: people coming and going at all times of the day, deliveries on every doorstep, and new tenants (and their visitors) arriving all the time. But when it comes to your own unit, uninvited visitors (you’re your roommates’ friends, the landlord, or even previous tenants) can leave you feeling as though you have no sense of privacy. It might even make you wonder about the safety and security of your living space.

Hardwiring a new security system usually isn’t an option when you live in an apartment. So, what can you do to make sure your home is safe and secure when you’re not at home? You may wonder if a tenant can install a security camera in your apartment building. No hardwiring is required for WiFi-enabled devices, making them ideal for rental units. A smart security system offers an easy way to keep an eye on things when you’re not at home. These home security systems also offer the benefits of a full-service apartment monitoring system, without the risk of violating your lease.

Wireless cameras allow you to keep watch

Depending on where you live, it may be legal for your landlord to enter your apartment without notice. Whether it’s just for routine maintenance or to show the space to potential tenants, it’s still unnerving to think that someone has been in your home without you knowing it. Even worse, if a previous tenant still has a working key, or your roommate’s friends are always coming and going, you might feel like you have no control over who’s in your home at any given time.

With wireless cameras you can access through a mobile app, you’ll be able to check in remotely to make sure your living space is secure and that others are respecting your personal property. A front door camera for your apartment can let you know if anyone with a key (like a landlord) has been coming and going without your knowledge, and it will let you keep an eye on your mail and package deliveries to ensure they’re still there when you get home. Cameras in common areas can give you a look into whether maintenance employees have come by and gotten the job done. Interested in a security camera in your shared apartment? Just make sure all your roommates are on board with interior cameras in shared living spaces.

Each camera can livestream directly to your phone through a mobile app, allowing you to monitor your home from your cell phone. Now that’s convenient! With Xfinity Home’s 24/7 Video Recording option, you can also store up to 10 days of footage in the cloud. If a package is missing from your front porch or if you suspect someone has been in your home without your permission, you can go back and see exactly what happened.

Motion sensors alert you to unwanted activity

While security cameras can give you a look at what’s going on in your apartment at any given time, you probably aren’t looking at your phone every few minutes to check in. Xfinity Home’s wireless motion detectors can connect directly to our companion mobile app to send a real-time alert to your phone anytime unexpected activity is detected. Three settings offer convenient options based on where you are and what you’re doing: arm away, arm stay, and arm night. So you won’t accidentally set off your alarm if you’re at home or wake up during the night.

If you live with roommates, consider adding a sensor to your bedroom doorway. If you live alone, a sensor in your front door and windows (especially on the first floor or near a fire escape) can offer peace of mind at night and when you aren’t at home. In the event of a break-in or uninvited visitor, you‘ll get an alert directly on your phone notifying you where (and when) any motion occurred. Plus, you can set personalized rules in the app to have your camera turn on and start recording whenever a sensor is triggered, so you’ll have footage of exactly what happened.

24/7 professional monitoring can send help in minutes

Around-the-clock professional monitoring is a valuable part of any smart home security system or home automation solution. It means the authorities are notified any time an alarm is triggered, so you can rest easy knowing help is just minutes away if you need it.

With all the activity that goes on in and around your building, it might feel as though you have no control over your privacy. Xfinity Home offers that extra layer of security, so you feel safe and comfortable in your apartment, no matter what time of day or night. Learn more about how to get started with Xfinity Home.