“Why do people hanker for the home?–security, safety. But in the name of security and safety, they do not make homes, they make prisons–and they are the jailed and they are the jailers, but because they have the keys in their own hands, they think they are free.” -Rajneesh
There has never been any doubt that home security is paramount.
It is one of those essential aspects about a home that would determine whether it is truly livable or not and whether or not it is an ideal place to raise your family and children. Unfortunately, when it comes to moving to new homes, safety and security tend to get overlooked. After all, with all the preparation and excitement involved, it is inevitable for the new homeowners to think of the new home’s safety and security last. However, in new homes, prioritizing safety and security is even more imperative as you are in an unfamiliar environment which could leave you vulnerable to burglars and trespassers if you remain unwary and your homes unsecure. It does not matter how safe you think your neighborhood is or how secure it claims to be, crime is rampant everywhere to a degree which means that home security should be something you should never neglect.
Whether you live in a swanky neighborhood such as Avida Towers Centera or somewhere else less illustrious, it still pays to put home security and safety at the forefront of your priorities–especially when it comes to moving to new homes. In any case, here are some of the tips and techniques you should keep in mind should you ever move into your new homes and settle in a new and unfamiliar community and neighborhood:
1. Secure the doors
One of the biggest oversights most new homeowners make is failing to secure their doors. While this might be the first thing one should think of upon moving into a new home, the staggering number of homeowners who fail to do would surprise you. Do not help a burglar stroll into the front door and do not make it easy for them. Inspect all of your exterior doors and make sure that their locks are functioning appropriately. Check if the door frames are strong, the hinges protected and should your door have a mail slot, make sure that it is not reachable enough to unlock the door. In any case, it is best if you fortified your exterior door’s locks by installing a deadbolt and a smart lock and adding a strike plate.
2. Install and alarm
Having an alarm system installed in your homes is one of the excellent ways to deter thieves and burglars from breaking into your homes. More importantly, it keeps you and your families safe by alerting you in case of a break-in. Today, with home security becoming a paramount concern of many, you would not be hard-pressed to find the kind of home security and alarm installation that would suit your needs as well as your budget. If you wish to go the extra mile, hire the services of a professional to install the alarm for you. However, if you are a little tight on budget, you might want to opt for the DIY route and choose one you can set up yourself. Once your alarm is installed, up and running, be sure to put a security sign on your front door and security stickers on your windows. These stickers and signs may not mean much, but they would put off any potential burglars and thieves from targeting and casing your home.
3. Put lights and TVS on timers
It is a known fact that if there is one thing that deters thieves and burglars from entering a home, it is the possibility that someone might be inside. In this regard, leave your televisions and lights on. If you are a little conscious about racking up a big electric bill, at least have a timer set up for them daily. This is especially useful for someone who would be out during the holidays or is taking an extended leave for vacation. For lights, it is highly recommended that you set timers for the ones inside and those near windows. Televisions should be programmed manually to turn on and off regularly. However, if you wish to expedite the process of all these or wish to have access to all these features remotely, you might want to upgrade to a smart home which you can access through your smartphones.
4. Hide your mail when you are away
When you are on holiday, having your mail pile up by your front door leaves the glaring impression that no one is at home. As a result, your homes are pretty much vulnerable to thieves and burglars. After all, with piles upon piles of mail at your doorstep, you might as well post a big red sign by your front yard that indicates that no one is at home. With this in mind, take care of your mail ahead of time–especially if you intend to be away for several days. One excellent idea is to ask a friendly neighbor or friend to pick up your mail once a day. To show them your gratitude and appreciation, return the favor when they are away of gift them something valuable. Alternatively, you can ask the post office to hold your mail for the time being and collect them at your convenience.