Moving in: Security Checklist for your New Home

Couple moving into their new home

Unpacking all of those moving boxes will keep you busy for a couple of months. However, there is one item you won’t find in a box that is very important to your family’s safety—your home security devices.

Moving into a new home is exciting and special. However, it could potentially be a huge headache since there are so many things to consider. Do you hire professional movers or do you roll up your sleeves and do it yourself to save a few dollars? Either way, you can’t forget about the stress of gathering supplies and packing up your family's prized possessions. These are a few things that many people don’t enjoy while setting up their moving process. When all of this is said and done, most of us are determined to break out the fun and begin decorating and furnishing our newly rented or purchased living space. However, one item that might be overlooked when settling in is home security devices.

Why Home Security Matters:

  • There were an estimated 2,103,787 burglaries in the United States in just ONE YEAR
  • 59.7 percent of these burglaries involved forcible entry
  • The average dollar loss was $2,230.
  • 74.5 percent of all burglary offenses involved residential properties

When moving into a new home and installing new home security devices, it is important to consider all safety do’s and don’ts of home security:

DO's Checklist

  • Do change all the locks. Renters—ask your landlord to change the locks
  • Do call your security company with your new contact information or all list changes
  • Do have your security system checked to see if it needs items such as new batteries
  • Do put your home security signs in the yard and on doors and windows—they work!
  • Do arm your security system when you leave and before bedtime
  • Do let trusted neighbors know when you are leaving town so they can be vigilant

DON'T Checklist

  • Don’t enter your home if windows or doors look tampered with—call the police
  • Don’t enter your home if your security system is sounding an alarm—call the police
  • Don’t leave keys hidden in obvious places like under the doormat
  • Don’t let strangers in your home—sometimes swift talkers charm their way through the door
  • Don’t let your landscaping obscure doors or windows—keep it trimmed back
  • Don’t forget to teach your kids to never open the door to a stranger

Your new home doesn’t just need a visual makeover. A home security makeover will provide added peace of mind and help guarantee your safety.