Security a new home is one of the most important things you can do for you and your family. We all remember the days when you could leave your door unlocked, without a care in the world. Nowadays, however, your home could be the target of a burglary or theft no matter where you live. Here are a couple ways to ensure your family’s safety:

Locks

First of all, make sure your home has a deadbolt on every exterior door. Deadbolts are very difficult to pick or tamper with, and many intruders won’t bother.

Keep your deadbolts locked at all times. It doesn’t matter if you’re at home, walking the dog or tending to the garden. Many intruders will actually scout out neighborhoods and watch homeowners’ behaviors. If you leave your home without locking it often, they may see your home as a target.

Intruders have been known to walk from house to house looking for unlocked doors.

Make sure to install locks that use keys only duplicated by the manufacturer and not just any key cutter.

Alarms

Be careful of when choosing your alarm code. Try not to use a common number, like the stress address, your birthday or your PIN number.

Do not give the code out for any reason.

If you just moved in, make sure to change the locks and set the alarm immediately. It can be easy for an intruder to find a forgotten hidden key.

Windows

Make sure each window is secure during your home inspection. If not, either replace it before moving in or have the owner replace it for you.

Always keep the windows locked, especially when you’re not home.

If you don’t have an alarm system, at least add an alarm to your downstairs windows. You can find inexpensive, small alarms that squeal as soon as the window is opened.

Going out of Town

Thieves can strike easily when homeowners go out of town. Try making your vacations at a different time each year, so no one catches on.

Never update your social networks about being out of town until you return. Privacy settings won’t always protect you on social networks.

Don’t leave expensive packaging outside of your home. If you just bought an expensive electronic or piece of jewelry, you are just alerting your neighbors and potential intruders of what you own.

Ask a neighbor or friend to collect your mail and newspapers while you’re gone, so they don’t pile up and alert an intruder of an empty house.

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