The Best Ring Products to Enhance Home Security for Renters
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The Best Ring Products to Enhance Home Security for Renters

By Ring on August 14, 2023

Home security is a top priority whether you own or lease. But as a renter, you risk losing your security deposit or violating your lease if you make permanent modifications.

Luckily, Ring has plenty of products that can help secure your rental without putting any holes in the wall. Here are some of the best options to provide whole-home or apartment security for your temporary living space.

Peephole Cam

When you live in an apartment, you may only have one entry point — the front door. And with a Peephole Cam, which slides right into your existing peephole in minutes with no drilling required, you can see everyone who comes and goes. Whether you’re a few miles away at the office or on a long vacation, you can use the Ring App to get notified about package deliveries, unexpected visits from friends, and anything else that triggers your Doorbell’s motion sensors.

A Peephole Cam doesn’t just let you see what happens with Live View; you can also use Two-Way Talk to speak to your visitors from anywhere. With a Ring Protect subscription (sold separately), you can save footage from the last 180 days1 and share it with your landlord, apartment community, or others in your neighborhood using the free Neighbors App.

If your door doesn’t have a peephole, you can also install a video doorbell without making any permanent modifications. No-Drill Mounts allow you to affix your device using a strong, waterproof adhesive, so you can pull it off and take it to your next home.

Ring Alarm

Traditional home security systems with permanent mounts, wires, and professional installation are only accessible to homeowners. Ring Alarm provides protection for any space, rented or owned.

The components of your Ring Alarm use temporary adhesive to stick to walls, doors, and windows. Everything aside from the Base Station uses batteries, which means your system won’t take up your limited outlet space. And if you move to a new apartment or home, you can pack up your entire system, take it with you to use in the new space, and easily add a few extra sensors if needed.

The Contact Sensors in your Ring Alarm use magnets to detect when a door or window is opened, so you can know if someone is trying to get inside. Motion Detectors add an extra layer of protection if someone does get in by sensing movement to trigger the Alarm. If you’re home, you’ll hear the Base Station’s siren go off. And with a Ring Protect subscription, sold separately, you can get notifications to your phone when your Alarm gets triggered, no matter where you are.2 Plus, you can enroll in 24/7 Alarm Professional Monitoring3 for extra security.

Additional No-Mount Sensors

Your rental space may not be your forever home, but it still houses some of your most important possessions. And with a Flood & Freeze Sensor, sold separately, you can help ensure your valuables stay safe and dry.

Flood & Freeze Sensors sit beneath sinks, washing machines, and other appliances to detect running water and freezing temperatures under 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Your Alarm will sound if the sensor gets triggered, so you can check what caused the leak or turn up the heat to prevent broken pipes. And if you’re away from home and have a Ring Protect subscription, you’ll get a notification on your phone, so you can call your landlord ASAP to assess the situation.2

If you’re looking for extra peace of mind that your rental is secure, you can also add a Glass Break Sensor (sold separately) to your Ring Alarm. These sensors detect the sound of breaking glass up to 25 feet away and alert your Alarm, which means you can know if someone tries to get inside without triggering the Contact Sensor2 — or if your next-door neighbor’s kiddo hits the ball a little too hard during a parking lot baseball game.

Not sure what Ring Alarm components are right for your apartment or rented home? Take our quick quiz to see what devices we recommend.

Outdoor Security Cameras

Installing a video doorbell allows you to see what’s going on in front of your apartment or home. But if you want extra visibility into areas your Doorbell can’t see, like an outdoor patio, balcony, yard, or detached garage, you can install outdoor security cameras. You can use the Ring App to check in on Live View, use Two-Way Talk, and get Motion Alerts when someone (or something) walks by.2

We offer two no-drill options if you can’t permanently mount outdoor security cameras on your rented property. You can place a battery-powered Stick-Up Cam on an outdoor table on your apartment’s enclosed patio to see if uninvited visitors show up. And if your rental house has gutters, you can use a Gutter Mount for a Spotlight Cam or Stick-Up Cam to get an overhead view of your yard, deck, or driveway.

Indoor Security Cameras

Whether you want to say hi to your furry friend or chat with your partner on their lunch break while they work from home, indoor security cameras are a perfect addition to your rental space. You can check in on Live View anytime, anywhere, to see what’s happening and use Two-Way Talk to have a conversation from afar. And if you were in a meeting when a Motion Alert came in, you can go back and check past footage with a Ring Protect subscription, sold separately, so you can see the adorable footage of your doggo getting the mid-day zoomies.1

If your furry friend tends to cause a little more mischief, Indoor Cams allow you to keep an eye on them from afar and attempt to stop them from jeopardizing your security deposit. You can use Two-Way Talk to tell your devious kitty to stop using the carpet as her scratching post, and you might capture a Youtube-worthy reaction when she realizes she’s caught.

Signs and Stickers

One of the most effective ways to help keep intruders away from your rental is also the simplest. With a few temporary signs and stickers, you can let neighbors and visitors know that your home is protected by Ring.

If you have a yard, you can place a Solar Security Sign right into the grass in front of your home, which charges during the day and lights up too, so visitors can see it at night. Apartment renters can also tape a Doorplate Sign next to their front door or put a few stickers on their windows without leaving any permanent marks.

Neighbors App by Ring

When you work together with the people in your community, you can help create safer neighborhoods for both renters and owners. That’s why Ring created the free Neighbors App, so neighbors — whether they’re Ring users or not — can make and read posts with critical local information. You can share footage (with a Ring Protect subscription, sold separately)
from your video doorbell that might help others, read helpful tips from local agencies, and leave neighborly comments if you have valuable information about a safety event or even a lost pet.

Download the free Neighbors App today to start exploring posts from your area and to see how you can help make your current community a safer place.

Click to open Neighbors App in App Store. Click to open Neighbors App in Google Play Store.

1 Your Ring videos in the cloud are stored temporarily, up to 180 days. Changing your video storage time will only affect videos that are recorded after you adjust your storage time setting. Check Ring Protect Subscription Plans for more information.

2  Ring Alarm and all Ring Alarm accessories require a subscription for in-app features and digital notifications, including digital arming / disarming and integration with other Ring, Echo, Alexa, and third party products. Subscription sold separately. View for pricing and details.

3 A compatible Ring Protect subscription is required to enroll in the Ring Alarm professional monitoring service. Professional monitoring service is available only within the U.S. (all 50 states, but not U.S. territories) and in Canada (excluding Quebec). Ring does not own its own professional monitoring center. Smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring is not available for a business or commercially zoned address. See Ring alarm licenses at: Additional permit or false alarm fees may apply depending on your local jurisdiction. Additional charges may apply in areas that require permits or guard response service for alarm verification.

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