Making your new home safe and secure is a process that has many factors, but don’t overlook the smaller things that can help your family feeling safer, sooner.
- After you buy your new house, get new locks. You cannot be sure of the number of key copies that the former owner gave out. To make sure no one else can get into your home, call a locksmith.
- Don’t be shy. Get to know other people who live next door and others in your neighbourhood. You’ll find that friendly neighbours make for a powerful support network. Keep an eye on their properties and they’ll respond in kind. Don’t discount what sounds like idle gossip. You could learn important security information, such as if strangers have been lurking around the neighbourhood.
- Keep hedges and vegetation trimmed and away from doors and windows. Large bushes may look nice, but they provide easy cover for potential home invaders. If you can, try to keep an open area completely surrounding the perimeter of your home, and if you have vegetation, keep them well trimmed.
- If your front door does not have a peephole, it is wise to have one installed. Peepholes allow you to see who’s at your front door before you open it. Some home owners choose to have two peepholes installed to allow for difference in height of those that live in the home.
- Lights on your home are a great way to enhance your home security. Thieves hate lights. When a light comes on, a crook will scurry away like a cockroach. Motion sensors are good, but having lights on constantly is a better deterrent. The dark is a crook’s best friend, so keep your home lit well.
- If your home has skylights, don’t neglect to secure them. While they are an excellent source of natural light, they are also an easy way for thieves to enter your home. Make sure that you use safety hardware when the skylights are installed and maintained.
If you decide to step up the security of your home for the sake of your assets or peace of mine, make sure your home security company offers a guarantee on their products and services, preferably for at least a year. You want to make sure you are satisfied with the service they offer, and you also want to make sure you will not be charged extra if the equipment they install is faulty – after all, this is the security of your home.