Top 5 Security Tips When Moving To A New Home

Home Security

Ready to move into a new home? Worried about your safety in the process? Our Residential locksmiths have compiled a list of top 5 tips for securing your new home.

Picture this scenario: it's the day of your big move and you are packing your last few boxes filled with personal items you will need throughout the day. You are trying to keep your excitement to a minimum, as you still have a lot of things to take care of before you can put your head on the pillow tonight. Besides all the moving logistics, you are also going to need to consider a few critical safety factors. After all, your main goal is to move into a secure home for you and the rest of the members of your family. If you do not have a lot of experience putting home protection measures into practice, these next few tips should help you keep intruders at bay.

Tip #1: Invest In A Home Security System

  • Homes that feature a security system are 60% less likely to be visited by burglars. If you have recently bought a new apartment or a house, the best way to make sure no intruder will break in and take off with your prized possessions or violate your intimacy is by installing a home security system.

  • Make sure it features at least one surveillance camera that can record live images and store them for later use. There are lots of DIY systems you can install and enable on your own, so you do not have to worry about booking a job with an expert security company. Plus, a neighborhood locksmith should also be readily available to handle the installation, maintenance, and repairs of any home security system.

  • Choose night vision cameras with sensors that can detect motion for more useful features and peace of mind.

  • If you wish to keep an eye on your home while you are away to work or on vacation, or you want to check up on your kids or the family dog, a system that enables you to remotely access it via a smartphone is what you need.

Tip #2: Change/Re-key The Old Locks On Your New Home

lock re keyBuying a new home does not necessarily mean investing in a brand new property fresh out of builders' hands. In most cases, it means buying a property that used to belong to someone else. This automatically implies you do not know the entire history of the place – whether it has been burglarized or broken into or vandalized lately. You also do not know about any fresh or past neighborhood robbery cases. Plus, chances are, you never truly took the time to ask the previous owners about the brand of locks they installed on the main entryways, or when was the last time they had them inspected or replaced. You certainly do not know for sure how many copies of the keys they used to have, and who might still be holding on to one or two. The last thing you want, however, is to find the answer to that question on your own.

The sooner you can get in touch with an authorized and licensed locksmith like our team of pros and have them address the lock changing mater, the better. You can opt for a simple set of locks you can DIY, but it is best to invest in a sturdy and reliable lockset for enhanced protection. It should not take a good lock technician more than a few minutes to fit a new simple or electronic deadbolt lock, or re-key the previous locks as quickly as possible. However, the peace of mind you are going to get will be priceless and last for many years.

The 'Kwikset 980 Single Cylinder Deadbolt' is highly sturdy and can handle regular break-in attempts. It also comes with SmartKey tools that can be used for new keys. If you are interested in a Bluetooth-based lock, the 'Kwikset Kevo Touch-to-Open Bluetooth' smart lock is a good alternative. The key fob features the "touch to open" option which makes the lock highly convenient. If you are looking for some good mortise locks for your interior doors, the 'Prime-Line E 2293 Mortise Keyed' lock is an excellent option.

Tip #3: Use Indoor/Outdoor Lights As Theft Deterrents

You have already drawn a lot of attention on your big move. All the opportunist neighborhood burglars already have eyes on your big boxes storing your smart TV, kitchen appliances and other valuables. And they might just decide to pay you a 'welcome to the neighborhood' visit – with a twist. Namely, come when you are not home and take off with some of your easy-to-grab items.

You might want to surprise them and install powerful exterior lights with sensors. Don't get cheap when it comes to indoor lighting as well. No burglar likes being in the spotlight while "on the job", so lights are excellent deterrents to consider.

Tip #4: Do A Full Window Lockdown

Windows are some of the vulnerable parts of a home lots of burglars prefer to use as their entryways. Reinforce them before you are ready to move in, especially if you will be moving to a ground-level floor in an apartment building.

Tip #5: Know Your Neighbors

Do a walk around the neighborhood and see if you notice any neighbors mowing their lawn or picking up their mail. Say hello, introduce yourself and let them know you have recently moved in. Befriend them and see if you can trust them to watch your home while you are away on vacation, or even give them a spare key for lockout prevention reasons.

For any help with new lock installation, lock re-key or key duplicate needs, get in touch with us and let us provide you with the quality and affordable services you need.

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