When it comes to home security, the good news is that burglary numbers have gone down dramatically in the past two decades. The bad news is that many are still occurring each year, so we still have much work to do. When you move into a new property, the last thing you want to be worrying about is how secure it is, but given that you don’t know it as well as your previous one, it’s likely that there are security oversights that are appealing to an opportunistic burglar.
Read on to find out how to make your new home safe and secure so that you can feel happy and comfortable from day one.
Check the Doors
Surprisingly, the most common point of entry for a burglar is the front door. When you move in, check your doors by looking at the hinges and door surround, and then add new bolts and change the locks with the help of a Belfast locksmith. And if the door is old or wooden, consider updating it to a new, more secure door.
Do the windows in your new house have window locks? Can you open them just a small way to get the air in whilst leaving them secure? If the windows are old, single-glazed or don’t close properly, consider newer and tougher UPVC windows with proper locks.
Security systems are not always necessary, but if you live in a wealthy area, they are advisable. You wouldn’t think twice about installing a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector, so at the same time think about adding a motion sensor burglar alarm. Make sure that this system is visible in some way from the outside to deter burglars.
Meet Your Neighbours
One of the most effective weapons against burglary is getting to know your neighbours. This ensures someone is looking out for strange goings on at your house.
So whether you need to install a security system in London or you’re looking for a Belfast locksmith to add more secure locks, get cracking on these actions as soon as you move in to ensure your home is as safe as possible.
Moving to a new home is a happy time, so make sure it’s not marred early on by an crime at your property.