New Home Security Checklist
Are you about to move into a new home? If you are, you will already have a lot on your plate. Even so, once you have emptied all the boxes, arranged all the furniture, and settled in, it would be a good idea to check out the security of your new abode.
There is a staggering 2.5 million home burglaries in the US every year. That’s a number that no one can ignore. So, here is our 15-point new home security checklist to help you and your family stay safe and secure in your new house.
1. Change the Locks
You can only hope that the previous owners of your new home gave you the only keys to the property. But what about the spare set they gave to a friend? Or maybe they lost a set of keys and haven’t told you. The first item on our new home security checklist is to either change the locks on outside doors or rekey them. Then you can be sure that you know where all the keys to your home are.
2. Check the Strength of External doors
Rekeying door locks will prevent someone with an old key from breaking into your home. But if your external doors are flimsy, a burglar could still force their way into your house. Check that the doors will withstand an attempted break-in. If the doors don’t look like they are up to the job, replace them with solid wooden doors or doors clad in metal. Check out any windows in external doors, too. Could a burglar smash the window, put his arm through, and open the door that way?
3. Illuminate Approaches to Your Home
Take a look at the driveway and pathways leading to your home at night. If there is no light on the approaches to your home, it will make it easier for a burglar to sneak up at night unseen. Burglars don’t like to be seen. So, it is best to install motion-activated security lights as a security precaution.
4. Install Deadbolt Locks on External Doors
Spring-activated locks can be pried open with a credit card or knife. But deadbolt locks must be opened with the key. So, if your external doors only have spring-latch locks, adding a second deadbolt lock will boost your home security. The first point of entry a burglar will try is your front door. So, installing deadbolts is one of our new home security checklist items you don’t want to miss.
5. Buy a Smart Doorbell
Smart video doorbells protect your home when you are out and when you are at home. When someone comes knocking on your door late at night, you check who it is at the door on the video feed. And the best smart video doorbells are motion-activated. So, you will be notified when someone approaches or calls at your home when you are out, too. Smart doorbells are also an excellent deterrent against the theft of packages left on your porch.
6. Join the Local Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhood watch programs reduce crime in the local area. You can play your part in protecting your neighborhood by joining the local group. Neighborhood watches aren’t vigilante groups; they are just community members watching out for each other. They act as the eyes and ears of the police. When burglars realize that people in your area are on the alert for crime, they will likely give the neighborhood a miss.
7. Secure the Widows
If a burglar can’t get in through the doors, the next thing he will try is the windows. So, make sure that the windows of your new home are sturdy and close properly. It is advisable to install secondary locks on windows because cheap window locks are not a deterrent. Window alarms or sensors connected to your security system are also a good idea for ground-level windows.
8. Check that Windows and Doors Fit Tightly in Frames
Ensure that there is only a tiny gap between windows and doors and the frames. If there is a large gap, it will make it easier for a burglar to prize open the door or window with a crowbar or other tool. Plus, of course, cracks will cause drafts, so you will save on energy bills if you fill any gaps between doors and windows and their frames.
9. Cut Back Shrubbery
Overgrown shrubs and trees outside your home will provide hiding places for burglars. So, cut back shrubbery so that the entrance to your home can be seen from the street. If there is a neighborhood watch in your area, putting out signs to let burglars know that they may be under surveillance will also help deter thieves.
10. Check the Security of Outbuildings
Ensure that any outbuildings, like sheds or workshops, are as secure as the rest of your home. You probably store valuable items in outbuildings. And some of those items, like ladders and tools, could be used to break into the main building.
11. Upgrade the Garage Door
If you have a door leading from the garage into the home, that could provide access for a burglar. So, garage security is as crucial as home security. Ensure that you have a high-quality external garage door installed. And secure the door into your home the same way as you would any other exterior door. You might want to replace the automatic garage door, too. Older automatic garage doors are much easier to hack than the newer models.
12. Check All Potential Entry Points
Burglars can reach and open locks through surprisingly small openings. Car thieves, for example, sometimes get car keys by pushing a hook through mail slots. Check around your new home for any openings, like mail slots, pet entrances, or events. Either cover these potential entry points or protect them with a security cage or box.
13. Keep Valuables Out of Sight
Walk around the outside of your new home to see what is visible from the street or driveway. If your expensive computer or TV is on clear view, that could tempt a burglar to break in. Try to arrange your belongings so that valuable items are not visible from the outside or obscure the view with blinds or curtains. It is best to cover the windows on your garage and outbuildings for the same reason.
14. Install Security Cameras
The last thing a burglar wants is to be identified. That’s why most convicted burglars say they would always avoid a home with surveillance cameras. External security cameras are relatively inexpensive, but they provide an excellent deterrent. Security cameras will also help you protect your neighbors’ homes and your own. So the entire street would be safer if more people installed security cameras.
15. Install A Security System
Your new home will be far less likely to be burglarized if you install a home security system. Displaying yard signs stating that your home is protected will further reduce the risk of burglary. Installing a wireless home security alarm is straightforward. Install a monitored burglar alarm system, your home will be protected 24/7 when you are home and away.
Burglars tend to look for the richest pickings from the easiest targets. So, make it as challenging as possible for a burglar to gain entry to your property. Installing external lighting and security cameras make identification of perpetrators more likely. Take steps not to advertise what valuables you have inside your home and install a home security system. Hopefully, following the above new home security checklist will encourage the next burglar who visits your neighborhood to give your home a miss.
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