Things can be hectic when getting settled into a new home. However, it’s important to remember that intruders are always a possibility and homes with no visible protection are seen as an easy target, so securing your property should be a top priority.
Luckily it’s not that difficult to implement security measures and protect your home, so you’ll have plenty of time afterwards for the fun move-in activities like decorating and buying new furniture. Follow these 10 simple steps and you’ll have peace of mind that you, your family and your home are safe and sound.
Secure your doors
Thirty-four percent of intruders enter homes through the front door, so your first step should be to ensure that all your exterior door frames are strong, your hinges are protected and no one can get their hand inside any existing mail slots or doggy doors to reach the lock.
Consider installing a deadbolt if your door doesn’t have one, adding a strike plate and upgrading to a smart lock system and even a doorbell camera so you can see who’s on your porch.
Secure your windows
Windows are also among the most common entry points for burglars, but unfortunately window locks aren’t always the most secure. Make sure the latches aren’t flimsy and add more locks or key-operated levers if you’re uncomfortable with their strength.
You can also add glass break sensors, window bars and reinforce your glass with window security film to beef up your security, and if you want to go the extra mile, you can plant bushes that would be too painful to climb over underneath your first-floor windows.
Install a monitored alarm system
A home security system that’s equipped with a professional monitoring system and home automation is a must, because burglars largely tend to avoid homes when they see one installed. Several companies offer a wide range of systems for any budget, but be sure to go over its capabilities, monthly costs, installation process and reviews before making a purchase.
Light up your exterior
Intruders usually prefer the dark. Illuminate any possible hiding spots by installing plenty of outdoor lighting around your front and back yards, pathways and structures such as your garage or shed. Consider timed lights or a motion-activated system to up the effectiveness.
Secure your garage
Make sure to lock all doors to the garage on the inside and outside regularly and consider storing your garage door opener indoors so that intruders can’t steal it from your car. If you have a keycode to open your garage door, never let anyone see you enter it, including neighbors and delivery people.
You can also upgrade to a smart garage door opener or secure doors with extra locks to boost your security.
Don’t forget your Wi-Fi network
If you have smart home features installed, an unsecured network could make it easy for intruders to break in. Secure your wireless router, enable Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), hide your home network and create strong passwords to keep others out.
Prevent hiding places
Keep your trees and bushes trimmed down so intruders can’t lurk behind them, and think about removing trees near doors and windows, or reinforce those entry points with added security.
Also remember to keep sheds and gates locked, stools and ladders stowed away and pricey goods out of sight.
Install a security camera
Not only will a security camera prevent burglars from even attempting to break into your home, but it will help catch the criminal if one does in fact try. Some home security systems come equipped with a camera, and you can also purchase cameras that are sold on their own. Make sure whichever system you choose has a mobile app that allows you to view footage in real-time and store it in case an incident occurs.
Purchase a safe
If an intruder does happen to get inside of your home, ensure your valuables aren’t vulnerable by keeping them locked inside an in-home safe. Your best bet is to buy a safe that is heavy, waterproof, fire resistant and has redundant locks.
Implement home automation
Security is a good reason to finally jump on the smart home bandwagon if you haven’t already. With home automation, you can control your lights, security cameras, locks and other devices in your home right from your phone, from any location.
You can also get alerts about suspicious activity, schedule devices to turn on an off while you’re on vacation (like modern day Home Alone) and even scare strangers away from your porch by talking through a two-way smart doorbell.
Successfully securing your new home is a process, which means you don’t have to do everything all at once. Prioritize this list based on your goals and figure out what works for your home to keep everyone safe.