Now that you’re all moved into your new home and your unpacking all your stuff and settling your family, it’s time to think about your safety and how you can begin to feel secure in your new home. Right off the bat, there are a few simple things you can do, such as changing all the locks right away and making sure there is enough lighting around your property. Carry through with additional security measures by installing a video doorbell (such as the one offered by Ring) and establishing a smart home system to help control your lights inside remotely.
What else can you do? We’re glad you asked! We’ve put together some more of our top home security tips for you below.
External Security Tips
Although meeting your neighbors has become less of a formality, it does help with your security. Knowing your neighbors can help protect your house in ways you may not realize. For example, when you aren’t home, they could help keep an eye out to make sure that no one unknown is getting into your house in unconventional ways.
You should also ensure that your doors are reliable and stable. If you notice that your door frames are less than strong, it is a good idea to replace them. Making sure that your doors, along with your locks, are intact is the first defense in a secure home.
Always make sure that you lock your garage doors. Many homes are now built with garages that are attached to the house. This design is a great way to keep you dry and warm when coming in from inclement weather, but it also means that if your garage door is unlocked, you can be susceptible to people entering your home through the garage without your permission.
Internal Security Tips
There are some things when it comes to internal security that seem obvious, like making sure all your windows are locked. Other things may not be as obvious. If you have Wi-Fi, make sure that it is password-secure and that not everyone has the password. If you have a smart house system that includes locks and lights, someone could use your Wi-Fi to hack in and change things, making it easier to break in.
Ask your Internet provider if they have special links to share with guests in your home that will allow them to use the Wi-Fi, but won’t give them access to your actual password. Having this extra security can help you ensure that your smart home stays smart and secure.
While a dog is a great responsibility, they can also scare off people who may want to come into your home unannounced. It won’t matter if your pup is a sweetheart, all dogs protect their territory and will give potential intruders second thoughts before they enter your home.
Getting a home security system is another way to go. They can integrate with your smartphone much as your smart home system does. These apps will help you lock your doors, turn up and down your heat, and protect your house.
Making sure that you feel safe and secure in your new home is going to be an essential step in the process of settling in. Once you meet your neighbors, make sure that your external lights are all working, and replace your locks, you will begin to feel like the new place is your place.
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