Buying a new home is a truly exciting time for anyone. Decorating it and giving it your own personal touch might seem like the next logical and exciting step, but you have to check the security of your property first.
It may sound boring, but home security should be your top priority since burglars strike every 25.7 seconds. This is your new home—don’t let thieves take anything away from you. Here are some ways you can do just that:
1. Secure Your Doors
This should go without saying, but never leave your doors unlocked as that is how burglars get in. Lock up, especially when you’re going out.
Make sure that your doors are secure. All exterior doors need to have strong frames and protected hinges so that it will not be easy for anybody to kick them in. Mail slots should be thin enough to prevent anyone from reaching inside.
To make your doors even more secure, add a deadbolt or a strike plate to them. You can also opt for a video doorbell camera that will allow you to view your entryway wherever you are.
2. Lock Your Windows
Aside from your doors, your windows are one of the most common entry points for burglars. Check if your window’s latches are flimsy, and if they are, don’t hesitate to replace them. Other ways you can beef up the security of your windows is to install window or glass break sensors, add window bars, or reinforce glass with window security film.
3. Light It Up
Criminals don’t want to be seen. Outdoor lighting will often discourage them from entering your property. Place lights around your front porch and backyard. Add some to your pathways, and don’t forget to light up your garage and other outdoor structures as well.
Use motion-activated lighting that only switches on when someone walks near the light. Furthermore, if you’re planning on leaving home for an extended period, leave your lights on timers to give the impression that someone’s home.
4. Get A Dog
If you don’t have one already, you might want to consider getting a pet dog. Not only will they brighten up your day and become your most trusted companion, but they will also help in deterring criminals.
5. Lock Up Your Garage
Another common entry point is your garage. Even if thieves can’t necessarily access your home from there, you probably have a few good items stored in the space. Keep all doors to the garage locked, and secure them further with extra locks. Also, consider covering up your garage windows so no one will be able to see what’s inside.
6. Install A Home Security System
Whether it’s a basic DIY system or a fully automated, top-quality security camera system with professional monitoring, your new home is safer and more secure with this kind of protection. There are plenty of home security options out there nowadays, so you can choose what will suit your budget.
Your new home is precious, so before decorating and personalizing it, consider setting up security tools and devices first in order to protect it.
If you need more advice on how to keep your new home secure, our team at Supercircuits would be happy to provide it for you. Get in touch with us at 877