Moved into a new home? Here are some ways to make sure you stay safe!
Purchasing and moving into a new home is an exciting time for you and your family. The last thing you want is to become a victim of a burglary or break-in. Not only do we all want to feel safe and secure when moving into a new house, home ownership is a huge investment that you will want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect it. These are 6 easy ways to secure your new home:
Making sure your doors are secure is essential to protecting your home from a burglary. This includes ensuring your exterior doors have strong frames, protected hinges and a mail slot that prevents anyone from reaching anything inside. Be sure to also add in security measures such as a deadbolt, strike plate or a smart lock or video doorbell. Smart home security features are a great way to secure and monitor your home from wherever you are.
Well placed lights around your house can be an excellent deterrent to discourage burglars from making a move. Exposing dark areas with lighting will help take cover away from potential thieves searching for hidden areas. What’s more, motion activated lighting that switches on when someone walks near a light, will prevent any burglars from targeting your home. If you’re planning on going away for a period of time, putting your lights on timers can also give the impression that someone is still home. Be sure to install any lights correctly to deter any opportunist thieves.
Besides your door, windows can be a common entry point for burglars. It’s important to ensure that your windows are burglar-proof, as window latches can be flimsy and ineffective against potential burglars. Be sure to reinforce glass with window security film, install window or glass break sensors, add window bars and/or plant prickly bushes under first floor windows.
Know Your Neighbours
Neighbours can help keep an eye out when you’re away and report any suspicious behaviour around your home. Getting to know them is a great security measure by simply having more eyes watching over your property. Building a rapport with your neighbours will help build a community spirit that can help prevent burglars from breaking into your homes.
Secure Your Garage
If a thief can’t get into your house, the next best thing could be your garage. There’s a high likelihood that you store plenty of valuables in your garage, so it’s always important to make a habit of locking all doors to your garage, both inside and out. Be sure to also store your garage door opener at home, away from the view of any burglars. It’s possible for thieves to grab your garage door opener from your car if you’re not careful. Other ways you can secure your garage door include upgrading to a smart garage door opener, covering your windows, using extra locks and applying home automation.
Set Up A Security System
Home security systems are a must if you’re looking to secure your new home. There are now plenty of home security options for every budget and every level of protection. An alarm system will add another layer of defence to your home, while also reducing the cost of your home insurance policy. Be sure to choose a home security system that meets the needs of your home and neighbourhood. Securing your new home doesn’t have to be complicated. These 6 simple steps can help you on your way to securing your new home and providing peace of mind to both you and your family for many years to come.