Moving into a new home can be a whirlwind of excitement and stress. With all the packing, unpacking, and moving things around it can be easy to overlook the security of your new home and belongings.
Thieves are opportunistic in nature. Often, if they see a moving van, it is a great indicator that you are new to the area. They will know that you will likely be distracted and taking car of your home and contents. They will be aware that security can often fall by the wayside when moving into a new home.
However, there are some simple things you can do that will stop thieves in their tracks. Here some security tips when moving into your new home.
Change Your Locks
When moving into a new home it is always a good idea to double check the state of your new home’s current locks. All the main entrances to your home such as your front and back door should have a secure deadbolt, ideally a double cylinder deadbolt. Check all windows, and skylights and make sure that they all have locks on them. Replace any weak, or broken locks that you discover.
If you are moving into a new home that was previously owned by someone else, it is a good idea to get your locks changed. Whilst the previous owners may have been honest in giving you all the keys, you don’t know who else may have a spare that was forgotten about.
If you are moving into a newly built home, many builders use construction locks during the building process. They often key the permanent locks shortly before you move in. Double check that this has been the case. If so, it won’t be necessary to change your locks. If the locks on your newly built home were often used by tradespeople, then it is a good idea to get these locks changed.
However, changing your locks doesn’t have to be an expensive exercise. Instead of replacing every single lock in your new home, you can just get your locks rekeyed. A locksmith can come to your home and change the locks so they can only be open by a different set of keys. This is far cheaper and easier than replacing every single lock in your new home. It also allows you to have all locks to be opened by one key, so you aren’t carrying around a key chain with half a dozen keys.
Secure Your Main Entrances
When moving into a new home, double check the entrances to your house. Ideally, your front and back door should be made of solid wood or metal construction. Doors with windows or flimsy wooden doors can easily be kicked or smash in. By having a solid construction door, you can have peace of mind knowing that intruders will have a hard time breaking in.
For an added sense of security, install a peep hole. This will allow you to see who is on the other side of the door, without having to open it.
Install A Security System
Does your new home have a security system? If so, make sure you get it checked by a professional. You will want to make sure that all the sensors are working, the battery is charging properly, and that the security system is working as planned.
When you move into your new home, delete all the old passcodes for the existing security system and have new ones put in.
If you don’t have a security system in your new home, consider getting one installed. Security systems are an excellent deterrent for would-be thieves.
And lastly, make sure you turn your security system on every time you leave the home or go to bed.
Ensure Your House Is Well Lit
The last thing a burglar wants is a light shone on their illegal activity. Motion sensor lights are another excellent deterrent you should consider installing in your new home.
When something triggers the motion sensor, a light will be triggered illuminating the area. By shining a light on a particular area it brings attention to any potential hiding places.
Security lighting is relatively cheap. As a minimum, install security lighting at your front and back doors. Ideally, illuminate all entrances to your home as well as any potential hiding places on your property.
Don’t Show Off Your Valuables
When you move, it will be inevitable that your possessions will be seen by people passing by. Try and reduce the time that you valuables are visible to people on the street. Potential thieves love to scope out a place to determine if there is anything worth breaking in for. They are more likely to break in if they see that you have some things of value.
Have you recently bought new large screen TV for your new home? If you have just bought some new valuables for your home, don’t leave the packaging visible from the street. An empty box on the side of the road for a new TV or laptop is a great indicator that you have something of value worth stealing.
Also, don’t forget to close any blinds and curtains at night or when you are away. This will stop potential burglars from looking in. Make sure you keep car keys, wallets, money, and jewellery away from windows where are burglars can see it.
Check The Garden
Take a quick walk around your new yard. Are there any objects or plants around your home that could conceal someone trying to get in?
If you have any larger shrubs, consider removing them, or at least keep them well trimmed. Remove any potential hiding places from doors or windows.
Introduce Yourself To Your New Neighbours
It is always a good idea to develop a great relationship with you neighbours. Often your neighbours can become your closest friends, and look after your home and family while you are away. The benefits of good neighbours are endless.
In regards to your home’s security, your neighbour can help keep an eye out on your home and alert you of any suspicious behaviour. If you are someone who consistently locks themselves out, your neighbour will be able to hold on to a spare key for those occasions. This is a lot safer that hiding a spare key somewhere around your yard. Burglars usually find these anyway.
Get A Security Audit Of Your Home
Check with your local police department to see if they offer complimentary home security inspections. If not, most locksmiths will be able to help. Police and locksmiths are up to date with the local patterns in crime and can offer tailored advice for your area. They can walk through your home and recommend any simple, cost-effective changes to tighten your new home’s security.
Moving into a new home is a big occasion. By taking care of your new home’s security, you can have peace of mind knowing that you and your family and safe and secure.
Nathan Hughes is a founder of Locksmiths In Sydney. Locksmith Sydney provides the resources you need to make sure your property is safe and secure. He specializes in helping property owners find the best locksmith for their security needs.