Congratulations on this bold decision to finally change homes. As they say, change is as good as rest. May the new home bring you good tidings. As you do this, you must familiarize yourself with the nitty-gritty of home security.
The truth is there are many things to worry about when changing homes but enhancing your security tops the list today due to the challenging economic times that continue to attract all kinds of burglars working hard to reap where they did not sow. Being new in a city puts you at the mercy of these wrongdoers because they know you are still trying to settle and are not familiar with the surroundings.
There are various cost-friendly measures you can take to enhance safe and easy assimilation. Below is a breakdown of some of these steps:
Have an Inspection Beforehand
It would be best to involve the security personnel in your area in inspecting the home before your actual moving date. Doing this will help identify any loopholes that can lead to break-ins and amend them immediately.
Some areas to watch out for include overgrown trees in the compound, openings in the fence, and idle stools and ladders in the backyard. Burglars can quickly get into your home through the gaps and use a ladder to enter your house via the window.
Therefore ensure to trim down the overgrown shrubs that may act as a hideout and put the ladders and stools in a store.
Doing this will give you peace of mind to settle and enjoy your new house.
You cannot afford to go out anyhow during your first days in the new city. If anything, this is the time you must avoid interaction with strangers at all costs. Be on the lookout for any unfamiliar person visiting your home or stopping you on the road to ask weird questions. The truth is criminals already know a newcomer is in town and are looking for the perfect opportunity to steal from you.
Therefore ensure to get home early, minimize visitors and avoid lonely streets. If possible, have a family member accompany you as you go out and always ensure to communicate your whereabouts and how friends and loved ones can reach you.
Finally, be careful with the delivery persons. At no one time should you share your passwords or enter security codes of your essential items such as car, garage, or gate in their presence.
Always Have Self-Defense Weapons With You
A self-defense weapon is one of the tools you should never lack when in a new town, as here you don’t know who or when they will attack you. Having a weapon will help you navigate the city quickly and protect you in case of an attack.
Furthermore, knowing you have protection will give you peace of mind, helping you settle down quickly. Gone are the days when you had to struggle to carry a gun as a self-defense weapon. Today there are many options to choose from, ranging from pepper spray, batons, aluminum baseball bat, self-vigilant alarm, to name a few.
One advantage of these weapons, for instance, batons, is that they are easy to use and readily available. Nevertheless, you must be careful as landing on the right tool is not always a guarantee. It requires a thorough examination and in-depth research to choose from the many options available. Here you will, for instance, find a comprehensive Guide to Buying Batons.
Tighten Security on the Exterior Doors and Windows
Your exterior doors are a hallway for criminals to access your home. You, therefore, need to tighten security around them to keep strangers away. You, therefore, need to tighten security around them to keep strangers away. The first step towards enhancing this is finding a locksmith that would help you installing and changing the door and window locks if the house had a previous owner.
Moreover, ensure to upgrade to smart locks and sensors on your sliding glass doors and windows. This will scare the thieves away and immediately alert you when there is an intrusion.
Keep Your Backyard Lit
Keeping your compound lights on throughout the night is one of the easiest ways to scare away thieves as they will always assume you are awake and watching them from your house. Also, it will help you locate any intruder from their hiding place.
Don’t Provoke the Thieves
The worst mistake you can make in any town is to leave your valuables lying idle in the compound. Such action will communicate to the outsiders that you have something they can get from you with ease since this is the last thing you want to ensure to safely lock your valuables in a store where only you and your close family members can access them.
Get To Know Your Immediate Neighbors
Generally, knowing your immediate neighbors creates a sense of a safer community. Although the rule of the game is to avoid interaction with strangers, you need to familiarize yourself with your immediate neighbors. These people hold crucial information regarding the safety of the area and can help you better protect yourself.
They are, for instance, familiar with most of the neighborhood members and thus have high chances of identifying any intruder. Moreover, they will come in handy in providing you with security numbers to call when in danger and where to seek help.
Keep Stock of Your Items
Even though it’s common to have everything scattered after moving, you must ensure to have a stock of every piece of your valuables. This will help you track any item that gets lost during the moving process or when settling down.
Thieves are highly alert during this period as your mind tends to be unsettled, making stealing from you easy. You, therefore, need to be attentive to your work. One way to do this is to pack your items when moving carefully. Have the boxes well labeled and note down the details on a piece of paper.
When unpacking, ensure to do it orderly to avoid getting things mixed up.
Home security is one thing you will always have to worry about when moving to a new area. Nonetheless, you can curb this by incorporating the proper measures towards managing it.
Safeguard yourself and your loved ones as you move into your new home by implementing the above eight safety measures.
*Photos by Ketut Subiyanto