Have you thought about new home security? Moving into a new house, especially if it is one that you have had your eye on for a long time, is an exciting prospect. You are sure to have thought of all the ways in which you can decorate your house and give it a signature style that is all your own. But have you also thought about the related security aspects of your new home? According to the FBI, there were nearly 1.5 million burglaries reported in 2016 with residential properties making up nearly 70% of all burglary offenses. So, even if you are moving to the safest neighborhood in the city, it is essential to secure your property as best as possible.
Time For New Locks
It is important to put in fresh locks even if you have purchased a brand new home that no one has lived in yet. This is because you have no idea about how many people had access to the property while it was being constructed or sold. Put in new locks on all doors and windows including the basement, garage, and gate. Also, think about putting in a peephole or deadbolt on the front door if it doesn’t have these already.
Install a Security System
Ideally, you should have a security system installed and tested well before you actually move in. If you had a security system at your old residence, you can check with the agency to see if they will help move it to your new address. If you need to get a new one, then figure out which kind works best for you. Security signs, alarms, lights, surveillance cameras, are some of the options available and you can customize all of these.
Rely on Automation
FBI statistics indicate that nearly 65% of home burglaries take place between 6 am to 6 pm which is when most people are away at work or running errands. Utilizing timers and motion sensors to set off lights, both exterior and interior, at predetermined times and switching on the television even when you are not at home can prove a deterrent to burglars on the prowl as it can give the impression that there is someone at home. Motion sensor lights are a good choice for the outdoors, especially to light up dark nooks in your yard.
Make an effort to acquaint yourself with the people in your new neighborhood. They can keep an eye on your home and property while you are away at work or on vacation. And be a good neighbor to them by returning the favor.
Get a Security Assessment Done
For your peace of mind, it might be a good idea to get a licensed and experienced locksmith to do an exhaustive security assessment of your property. They might be able to suggest solutions that you had not thought of such as special gate locks and security for glass doors.
As we all know, the best laid plans have a tendency to go awry and this is also true of security systems. So, even after adopting precautions, make sure you have a contingency plan in place too. All the family members need to be aware of the security measures that have been set up and familiarize themselves with an exit strategy in the event a break-in occurs when an of you is home. These are some ideas to enhance your new home security.
If you need more ideas and tips to take your new home security to a new level, you can call Racine’s Lock & Key at (262) 509-0366.