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Moving to a new house can be an exciting but also stressful time as there are so many things to do and think about. One of things that concerns many people is the security of their new house or of the one they are moving from. With so many changes occurring at once, it can be easy to overlook home security but with this simple guide, we hope we can help with the new chapter in your life.
Think About Changing the Locks
Changing the locks of your new house is something that often get’s overlooked. When the house was up for sale, there was sure to have been a lot of people who possessed a key, such as estate agents or builders. To minimise the risk of burglaries or any other unwanted incidents occurring, changing the locks is a fantastic way to start. It is a simple and relatively straightforward process with many locksmiths charging cheap and budget-friendly rates. By changing the locks, it ensures that the physical security of the house is intact and makes sure that any broken or damaged locks are removed before anything happens. One point to consider is if the new locks conform to British lock standards 3621:2004 as this is a stipulation with most insurance companies.
Ensuring Windows are Secure
Windows can also be a target for many break-ins as burglars assume that new house tenants are too busy moving furniture and stacking boxes to take care with their windows. Of course, it is always essential to make sure that the windows are closed and fitted to a high standard. If they are not, it could be very easy for criminals to take advantage of this. Changing the window locks, as well as the door locks, may also be a clever idea as this decreases the possibility that someone with a window key can access the house. Double-glazing is often safer than single-glazed windows as well as bring warmer so opting for this, if given the choice, may be a further action to take.
Some people who are moving also choose to cover up the windows completely so outsiders cannot see what is going on in the house. Using the smeared windolene effect is a smart option but taping up newspaper to cover the windows would have the same impact. If people cannot see valuables and belongings on display when you are moving to a new house, there is less chance of a home security incident occurring.
Collecting in spare keys
Try to only ever give keys to your house to people that you trust and only when it is necessary. The more people that have a key to the place you live, the higher the risk of those keys falling in to the wrong hands and someone being able to access your property without your knowledge. This could lead to break-ins and other incidents occurring. When you move in to a new property, others may have a key such as estate agents or previous tenants, so remember to collect these keys in and perhaps change your locks, as suggested above.
Home CCTV Systems
Installing a home security system such as CCTV cameras is something that many people are choosing to do to boost their home security when moving to a new house. There are many options when it comes to CCTV cameras for your new house as this has been an increasing trend over the last few years. Whether you want wireless CCTV cameras or hidden CCTV, there is something to suit everyone’s needs. Having CCTV cameras around your new property can act as a deterrent for any burglars thinking of breaking and entering. They also provide great asset protection if any security incidents were to occur as there is better chance of catching thieves if they are being recorded. With high-quality footage able to record from any location, your new house will have never been better protected.
Whatever you decide to do to ensure your new house is as safe as possible, taking precautions is never a bad thing. All the options suggested in this guide are great ways to protect your house when moving as it can be a very stressful time. If you would like any advice when it comes to home security, feel free to contact CCTV42 on 01895 233311 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you may have about CCTV cameras.
25 April 2018