SECURITY TIPS FOR YOUR NEW HOME

Secure the doors

Secure the doors


Roughly 33 percent of burglars enter through the front door. Perform an inspection of not only your front door, but all doors around your home. Make sure the frames are strong, the hinges are protected, the wood is not hollow, and, if your door has a mail slot, that someone can’t reach through it to unlock the door. The front door might be a nice focal point of your house, but don’t sacrifice security for a pretty view. If your door doesn’t have a peephole or a deadbolt, you should install those immediately to help make the door even more secure.

Light up the landscape

Light up the landscape


It is stated that the majority of burglaries occur during the day, likely when you’re at work. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to secure your home at night. Place lights around your front and back yard. Use lights that come equipped with motion sensors for added protection. An intruder might be less inclined to break in if there is a spotlight on them.

Eliminate hiding places

Eliminate hiding places


Shrubs and bushes may give your house curb appeal, but they also provide burglars with a handy place to hide. Trim down trees and plants close to your home that could be used for cover and opt for smaller flowers instead.

Purchase a security system

Purchase a security system


All homes should have some form of security system, whether it’s a basic camera installation or a fully monitored smart system. Evaluate the needs for your area and choose a system you’re comfortable with. Some of the basics to consider include an alarm, motion sensors for the doors and windows, and carbon monoxide and smoke detectors

Add security signs

Add security signs


Many security providers also include yard signs and window decals with security packages to help deter potential burglars. If you have them, put them up. If you don’t have a security system, weigh the pros and cons of fake signage. Sometimes the belief that there’s a security system inside can be as effective as actually having one

Meet the neighbors

Meet the neighbors


Your neighbors can be a helpful first line of defense against a home invasion. They know the area and can help keep an eye on your home when you’re away, but they can’t do that if they don’t know you. Make an effort to meet your new neighbors and form good relationships so you’ll have people to rely on. If something fishy is happening in your area, a good neighbor will call and let you know.

Lock the windows

Lock the windows


The latches manufacturers place on windows aren’t always effective, and sometimes they’re downright flimsy. Replace them with locks or key-operated levers to help beef up your safety. You might also consider inserting laminated or tempered glass for a stronger hold. As many as 23 percent of home burglaries occur through first-story windows, but don’t forget to secure the basement and second-story windows as well.