Vandalism is a very common crime that property owners have to deal with. It’s a prevalent crime that hits Rio Rancho and its neighboring locations. 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 the rental home. And as the tenants reflect on the invasion, their sense of security and community spirit would be greatly undermined, not to mention the potential detriment of property values. To keep these things from happening, landlords and property owners should prioritize preventing vandalism.
One of the most effective ways to keep vandalism from even happening is to install and maintain sufficient exterior lighting. Vandals do their dirty work where no one can see them, and that’s why they usually target places that aren’t well lit. Motion sensor lights are especially effective and are an energy-efficient alternative that tenants will gladly welcome.
If your rental property has fences, an effective way to deter vandalism is by placing a secure gate that locks on your fences. Vandals usually aim for easy targets, so if the only way to get to your property is by climbing a fence or breaking through a locked gate, they’d probably just leave instead. This simple measure goes a long way to securing your property from these vandals.
As a natural deterrent, consider surrounding your property with bushes or shrubs with rough bark, thorns, or pointy leaves. The extra plants would help enhance the beauty of your property and at the same time serve as a challenge of thorns and pointy leaves to any unwanted visitors attempting to get to your home.
It may seem outlandish, but one way of discouraging vandals from targeting you is to pick the proper type of window coverings. Vandalism is a crime of opportunity; they usually target houses that look empty. If you keep the windows covered with blinds or drapes, they couldn’t be sure if the place is empty or not, especially if you leave a light or two switched on. It just might make them change their mind and go after another target that wouldn’t require so much effort or risk.
If vandals do strike, it’s of vital importance to swiftly remove any vandalism such as graffiti from the premises. These sorts of ne’er-do-wells enjoy having their handiwork seen and fussed over. If the destruction to your premises isn’t briskly rectified, the perpetrators may be spurred on to produce an even bigger, “better” mess. You can vigorously put vandals off by painting over graffiti, repairing broken glass, and swiftly fixing any ruin caused by their mischief.
By adopting these practical principles, you can make sure that your Rio Rancho rental homes would become a very difficult target for vandals. At Real Property Management Albuquerque, you can get our full-service property management including monitoring your properties on a regular basis and arranging for repairs and maintenance when needed. If you would like to know more about home safety, please contact us online or ring us at 505-831-8700 today.
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