First-Time Homeowners' Security Tips
As a first-time home owner, there are many things to consider when it comes to your home security.
Break-ins are one of the worst things that can happen to your sense of comfort and safety, so it's worth focusing on security upgrades during your first few months in your new home.
Today's smart locks aren't the only thing that makes a home secure - it's also the technology that keeps it safe, including CCTV, burglar alarms, and doorbell cameras. All of these add to the security of your home. To make your new home as secure as possible, consider smart technology.
In a study published by Which.co.uk, the top 5 burglar deterrents are:
- Installing a burglar alarm system
- Having a dog at home
- Property occupied by people
- Video surveillance
- Lighting for outdoor areas and sensors
Doors and windows
Additionally, you should consider the security of your windows and doors. Your home's doors and windows are the most vulnerable to break-ins, but you can add or improve some security features to increase the security of your home.
- Installing new or more secure locks on your exterior doors. Did you change the locks after moving in? It is possible that previous owners gave spare keys to friends or relatives.
- In addition to a door viewer, add a chain or latch. Viewers allow you to see who's on the other side.
- Installing double glazing on any windows with single panes. It is less likely that burglars will break these windows.
- By adding secure locks to your window fixtures, you can prevent forced entry into your home.
- Make sure keys or valuables can’t be seen through your letterbox. Opt for a letterbox with brushes or a cover plate to obscure what's inside to keep valuables safe.
- Invest in a home safe to protect your valuables.