5 Simple Ways to Keep Your New Home Safe
Spring and summer are the most popular times to move. Families feel more comfortable when their kids are out of school, and they have more time to make the transition. A lot goes into buying a new home. With all that you've done to secure your investment, we wouldn't want you to forget to keep your property safe. We've outlined a few tips that might help some of Nashville's new homeowners.
Safety Tips for Nashville’s New Homeowners
1. Change the locks.
It's exciting to get the keys to your new home. The issue some new homeowners forget is the previous residents could've made a few different key options. Anyone could have a copy of the key from family members to house cleaners, and you can't tell who it is that has access to your new house. Don't take the chance of the key to your home, falling into the wrong hands. Keeping yourself safe includes two options: installing new locks or rekeying. Rekeying doesn't require a brand new locking system. Instead, a locksmith comes to the home removes pins and springs and replaces them with something new. It's just as effective, but it is up to you how you want to move forward.
2. Set your TV and lights on a timer.
In your new home, you might want to implement other practices that you didn't do at the previous residence. One option is to set your TV and lights to a timer. Thieves have zero interest in being caught. They are looking for a quick opportunity to grab and go. Fixing some of your lights to timers will help deter crime. They can turn on and off to make it appear you are home. Adding the television to the timer isn't a bad idea because it makes it look like someone is inside the house. Stretch that idea to include the inside lights, and you have the option to create an illusion of being at home when you are either on vacation or at work.
3. Have someone collect your mail.
Speaking of vacations, there are a few other things you can do that won't give away your not at home. A massive pile of mail is a good indicator that someone isn't at the house. Thieves could see this as an opportunity to sneak in while you're away. An option would be having a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member collect it for you. While they are there, it's probably best to have them collect trash bins after trash day. These little details can do a lot to show your home is not an easy target.
4. Install a video camera.
It's hard to believe, but around 34% of burglars enter through the front door. They aren't shy of using the primary point of entry. Take this statistic and couple it with the fact that they don't want to get caught, and we can find a solution to prevent this from happening. How? Wireless video cameras. Video cameras like Arlo are designed to offer superior footage 24/7. They record in real time, giving you information about who or what is outside or inside the house. They can be used in evidence if you need to convict someone of breaking and entering. But, more than likely, their presence will be enough to scare someone away. Ideally, no one will see them robbing your home, but a security camera is definitely watching.
5. Get a security system installed in the house.
The best way to protect your home is with a security system. Two kinds of systems exist: monitored and unmonitored. Unmonitored are devices you can install yourself. The only issue is you are the only eyes and ears if something were to go wrong. And, we're not just talking about in the event of a robbery. A device that stops working needs troubleshooting. An unmonitored device will require you to figure that out on your own. Monitored security systems come with a team of skilled individuals who help you watch your home 24/7. They can call local authorities in the event of an emergency or walk you through any problems that might be occurring with your alarm panel.
Nashville's Best Monitored Home Security System
When it comes to securing your new home, you should only trust it with the best. At NCA Alarms, we have over two decades worth of experience. We can help you design a system to fit your needs.