In the US, a burglary happens once every 15 seconds. Pretty worrying, I know! While the chances of one happening to you are still pretty low, there’s still a chance, and you need to be doing all you can to reduce it.
While you may have made your home an impenetrable fortress, if you’ve just moved into a new place you might feel completely exposed.
Here are some simple ways to make a new home much more secure.
Check the Windows
While a lot of modern window latches are designed with security in mind, if you move into an older home with older windows, they won’t be nearly as reliable. If the windows in your new home appear substandard in terms of security, or downright flimsy, then it’s important to replace the latches with something more modern like a key-operated lever. More “amateur” burglars aren’t past breaking windows to gain entry, so you may want to look into getting tempered glass as well.
Get a Security System
Unless you happen to own three fully-grown Rottweilers, a dependable electronic security system is more or less a given. This could be a simple network of motion detectors, a few scattered CCTV cameras, all the way up to a full smart home system. Try and find some information on burglary rates in your area, and use this as a guide to decide how sophisticated your system needs to be. It’s also a good idea to browse a few blogs and other resources to find the most dependable system possible. Alarm Reviews recommends top alarm systems, for example.
Talk to the Neighbours
This is not only good etiquette, but can play a big part in the overall security of your home. when you’re new in town, the people who live on your street can be a fantastic first line of defense against burglary, home invasion and similar crimes. They’ve been in the area longer than you, and by sparking a relationship with them you’ll be able to keep informed about any kind of crimes or suspicious goings-on. It may sound trivial, but when you’re one with the local community it can make all the difference to the security of your home.
Get Rid of Hiding Places
Before actually breaking in, a lot of burglars will hide somewhere near a home to scope it out, judge how secure the place is, and the potential value of robbing the home. Obviously, you’re not going to build them an observation post. However, you may be giving burglars great hiding places without realizing it. Sure those shrubs and bushes in your garden may look great, but they’ll also be pretty effective for hiding a would-be burglar from sight. Trees with branches hanging over your fence can also be used as a vantage point or even a method of entry. Aside from removing things like this, it’s also a good idea to install some security lighting.
Take these steps, and soon you’ll be able to rest easy in your new home!
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