Moving in: Security Checklist for your New Home

Couple moving into their new home

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.

According to the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report*, there were an estimated 2,103,787 burglaries in the United States—and 59.7 percent of burglaries involved forcible entry. The overall average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,230. Burglaries of residential properties accounted for 74.5 percent of all burglary offenses. Whether you are a first time homeowner or investing in another property, it is crucial to invest in a home security system to protect your home and your family.

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 change all the locks if you are the new homeowner. If you are a renter, check with your landlord to make sure the locks were changed.
  • Do keep in touch with your security company. Let them know immediately if any important phone numbers have changed or if your security system needs maintenance.
  • Do let a close neighbor or nearby friend know when you are planning on leaving town. It’s always a great idea to have eyes watching your home when you’re away.
  • Do post your home security system signs and decals all around your property and entrances. Let trespassers know that you mean business!
  • Don’t take your new home security system for granted! Always remember to arm your system every time you leave your home and before bedtime.
  • Don’t enter your home if any entrances or windows appear tampered with or if your security system is sounding an alarm. Keep your distance and call the police if they have not yet arrived.
  • Don’t leave hidden keys in obvious places around the property. Burglars know all the tricks.
  • Don’t let strangers inside your home. This one is obvious, but sometimes salesmen and swift talkers can make us think otherwise. Don’t forget to instruct your children about stranger danger!

Remember, your new home is not just in need of a visual makeover. A home security makeover will provide added peace of mind and help guarantee your family’s safety.