Your home is one of the biggest purchases you’ll make. It will be filled with your possessions – both valuable and invaluable – and will be where you create memories with your loved ones. A burglary can ruin your happiness in an instant. Irreplaceable
possessions may be lost forever, and so may your feeling of security.
A survey by MoneySuperMarket revealed that 1 in 8 people never recover emotionally. So how you can make sure that your new home is a safe haven for you and your loved ones?
Review your home security
When you purchase your home, take time to review the security.
Update the security
- What locks are on the doors and windows?
- How secure is the garage and shed?
- Are there large bushes close to the house that burglars can hide behind?
- How well lit is the property?
- What security measures are there currently in place
Always change the locks when you move into a new house. You never know who may have spare keys to your house. Don’t just think about replacing them though, take the time to install better locks if the current ones are inadequate.
Think about installing a house alarm, or activating if there is already one installed. It’s good to protect windows and doors. CCTV is becoming increasingly popular as burglars do not want to be caught on camera. If you don’t have one, install a security
light. Trim bushes and keep them low.
Opportunist thieves love it when you make it easy for them. While it’s easier to keep your garage door open while you’re out cutting the grass or gardening, it makes it easy for someone to quickly enter your garage and steal valuable items such as bikes,
golf clubs, or tools.
They also love it when you pop to the grocery store, or to your friend’s house and leave doors unlocked. Even if you’re only popping out for five minutes, make sure your home is locked up properly.
Don’t let your vacation be ruined
There’s nothing quite as tempting as a house that is empty. If you’re planning on vacationing next month, here are our top tips:
- Cancel regular orders and don’t order anything that could arrive while you’re away
- Call the Postal Service at 800-275-8777 and ask to schedule a vacation mail hold over the phone.
- Invest in timers for your lights that you can program to come on and off at different times
- Leave curtains open. Many people feel they should close their curtains but it’s a tell-tale sign to a burglar
- Only tell those you completely trust that you are going away. A trusted neighbor can keep an eye on your property, but you don’t want too many people knowing you aren’t home for a week.
- Wait until you are back to post on social media. Nearly 80% of burglars use social media to find their targets. Don’t be one of them.
Your home is your castle. Protect it well.