Vandalism is one of the most prevalent crimes to happen to property owners in Warminster and the nearby areas; criminals would tag, deface, or destroy residential properties. In fact, roughly 15% of American homes are targeted by vandals each year. Vandalism, such as graffiti and smashed mailboxes, can cause expensive damage to a rental home; that much is obvious, but it also has an effect on the tenant’s sense of security and community spirit, not to mention the potential detriment of property values. To not have these things happen, preventing vandalism should be prioritized by both landlords and property owners.
One of the solutions to block vandalism is to install and maintain good exterior lighting. Vandals usually do their dirty work in dark areas; they would rather not be seen. Tenants would find motion sensor lights to be a really effective solution that is also energy-efficient, something they would surely appreciate.
If your rental property has fences, another way to discourage vandalism would be to equip your fences with a secure gate that locks. Vandals usually go for easy targets, so having to go over a fence or break through a locked gate will go a long way to securing your property from these vandals.
As a natural deterrent, try planting bushes or shrubs— the ones with rough bark, thorns, or pointy leaves— around the property. The plants would serve to enhance the look of your property while simultaneously being a barrier to any unwanted visitors, making any attempt met with pain.
It may seem strange, but high-quality window coverings can deter the vandals as well. Vandalism is a crime of opportunity; they usually attempt vandalism when they assume a house is empty. Using blinds or drapes to cover your windows will make them second-guess their decision because it raises doubt in their minds whether or not anybody is home. This is especially effective if you keep a light or two switched on at all times. It just might persuade them to go for a different, easier target.
Lastly, if vandals do strike, consider it an urgent responsibility to restore any defacement to your rental property. These sorts of ne’er-do-wells enjoy having their handiwork seen and fussed over. If your property house is trashed and is not restored swiftly, this may prove to embolden the offenders to create an even bigger, “better” mess. You can strongly discourage any vandals from returning by painting over graffiti, repairing broken glass, and by addressing any further damage right away.
By paying attention to these pointers, you can prevent your Warminster rental homes from being an accessible target for vandals. At Real Property Management Prosperity, we have full-service property management including monitoring your properties on a regular basis. We also arrange for repairs and maintenance in case anything goes wrong. If you want more information on home safety, contact us online or call us at 267-433-4200 today.