Security is important whether you live in a private subdivision or an apartment. It is exceptionally important when you have a family or friends living with you but even if that is the case and if you are just living alone, you should still consider a security system in order to maximize your home safety.
With apartments, however, most people are discouraged from getting security systems when they rent apartments or properties because of the lease agreements. Most lease agreements would often have strict rules that prohibit the modification of the space rented. There is also that problem with the old security systems that are already in place. These older systems would require extensive wiring and because of this, it would take quite an effort and time to work through them because they can’t get easily undone. But just because you rent a home doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t protect yourself with the latest technology. In fact, there are do-it-yourself systems that you can use. One of the advantages of these DIY systems is that you won’t be breaking any of the lease agreements because you have the option of taking them with you when you move.
DIY systems are battery-powered wireless systems. This would mean that there is no need for you to hook them into your apartment’s electrical circuitry. Also, the sensors, the siren and even the alarm panel is attached to the wall, door or window with the use of a special strong adhesive that is also designed not too damage the wall in the case it needs to be removed.
These wireless systems could either be monitored or unmonitored depending on your preference. When it is monitored, the system is linked to an outside security company which can notify a local emergency service when the alarm is triggered. However, monitored systems also have some apartment risks. Although they can increase response time, you may not be able to move the systems immediately to a new address because they usually come with a contract. You would have to terminate the contract first which comes with a fee before you could do so.
An unmonitored home security system will trigger an alarm when the door or windows get compromised but it would be up to you or your neighbors to call emergency.