It would appear that more property managers nationwide are relying on surveillance technology to protect their properties.

Matthew De Genarro, vice president of the New York-based Video Surveillance Group, told Multi-Housing News that few landlords are taking a proactive approach to installing security cameras on their property. Instead, it takes some sort of incident – even something minor that is not crime-related – to convince them that security cameras might be a smart option.

De Genarro added that besides adding security benefits, installing cameras in the right positions could ensure that tenants are following rental rules – like the proper disposal of trash – or provide evidence that a vendor or repair person arrived for a job at the time they promised.

Some areas, especially in larger complexes, are typically under-protected, he told MHN. “Boiler rooms and loading docks, just to name two areas, are being increasingly seen as vulnerable and in need of some kind of surveillance. Of course, each property is different, and assessments of surveillance needs are going to come out differently. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to apartment and condo buildings.”

Officials at SimpliSafe, a security company, also advised that certain clues – like poor outdoor lighting or the lack of peepholes – can encourage burglars to target particular properties over others.