Moving into a new home is exciting, if a lot of hard work. The priority for most people is getting things like the essentials unpacked and deciding where furniture goes, but one thing you should consider when you move into a new place is security. Burglaries are often common when people first move into a property, the reason being, thieves know that security is lax. Here are some things you need to think about.
Check access points
Some of the most common access points for thieves include your front and back door and ground floor windows. When you move into a new house, it’s highly recommended that you change the locks as soon as possible, as you simply don’t know who might have a key. You should also check the doors are sturdy. It’s worth looking at installing Rockingham security doors for extra peace of mind, as standard doors are easy to break into.
Make sure mail is forwarded
Another potential security issue when you move is your mail. If it is delivered to your old address, the new occupants might just throw it out, which puts you at risk of identity theft. Get your mail redirected until you are able to change all your addresses.
Don’t make life easy for burglars
There are a few steps you can take to avoid burglars being attracted to your home:
- On moving day, don’t leave unattended boxes in the front garden
- If you buy new, expensive items, don’t leave the packaging next to your bins. This shows burglars you have things worth stealing
- Ensure windows are secured and there’s nothing valuable nearby that could be snatched such as laptops or phones
Understand your scam risk
Unfortunately, when you move, you are also at risk of scams. From fake energy suppliers to dodgy tradespeople. Make sure you are up to date on the latest scams, so that you are less likely to become a victim. Nobody wants to lose a load of money when they’ve just had the expense of moving, so make sure you are protected.
Moving house can be stressful, but it’s important to take some time to check the important things such as home security. This will help you feel safe in your home and means there’s less chance of you losing possessions and money, or just having a bad start to your time in your new property, so you only have good memories.