Settling into a new home can be a busy time, with unpacking and placement of furniture, changing your address and getting used to the change. There are some smaller steps that you need to take to make your home secure against theft and other safety issues that may pop up unexpectedly. You have to consider, besides the safety of your family, the protection of your personal property. By having the appropriate security measures in place, you can be assured that your home is protected and may also be able to save money on your homeowner’s insurance. Many times, an insurer will give you a discount for installing a security system in your home. There are other preventative measures that you can do; such as changing your locks and making sure that window locks are in working order.

Things to consider

If your new home was used in the past as a rental property, one of the first actions to take is to replace the locks on your doors. There can be no real assurance that all keys were turned in from the final tenants, and new locks ensure that you are the only one who can access the home. After you are settled in, do a walk through your home and check over your doors and windows to make sure that all the locks work correctly. Window locks that are older or broken should be upgraded to a newer model. Your front and back door should have both a door handle lock and a deadbolt.

Your home security system is also something that needs attention. The system should be functional and give adequate protection to the entire dwelling. It is also advisable to see that the system can contact emergency authorities directly, such as in the case of a fire, attempted break-in or other emergency that occurs.

Other Security Steps

The exterior of your home is another place to walk around. The landscaping that is located directly in front of your home and can also affect the security. Bushes and trees should be cut back so that windows are not covered up. There should also be adequate lighting on both the front and back porch as well. Over your garage, you can install a motion sensor light, which comes on if anyone walks within its range. You need to get to know your neighbours, as these people can keep an eye on your dwelling while you are away. Exchange contact information with them and let them know when you are going to be leaving town for a long period of time.