Moving to a new house is very exciting but it comes with a lot of hassle and expense. The moment you are given the keys is the moment to take stock of your security. All your worldly goods are now behind your front door but are they secure? How can you keep your property secure and avoid nasty surprises in the future? Here’s what I think new home owners should do when they move to a new house to keep themselves and their belongings secure.
- Change the locks. The previous home owners will have provided you with one or two sets of keys. But how do you know that there aren’t any more? It may have been the case that in the past they have given their keys to tradesmen and forgot to get them returned. Or even that the previous owners still have a set and could enter your property when they want with no forced entry. To avoid all these scenarios, employ the services of a local locksmith who will quickly and efficiently change all your locks to British Standard ones (thereby making your insurance valid too).
- Do a review of your home security. Your local locksmith can help with this or a local security company can too. They will walk around your house and point out weaknesses and where you should consider getting new locks or security systems in place.
- Secure your outbuildings. Garage, summer houses and sheds should have good strong locks as there are usually high value items such as bikes, lawn mowers, power tools inside. Most items are usually covered by home insurance but outbuildings tend to have a maximum limit for theft of about £5000. Installing British Standard locks will help deter burglars and help keep your outbuildings locked and secure. Usually unlocked garages won’t be covered for theft of high value items.
- Redirect your mail. Ensure that all your mail is now arriving at your new address. Lost mail is a security hazard as you may be receiving bank statements and personal details which you don’t want falling into the wrong hands.
- Secure your Wi-Fi. Most people want to get their internet connection up and running as fast as possible. But make sure you set a secure Wi-Fi with a password so your new neighbours or criminals won’t be freeloading or eavesdropping on your internet connection.
- Find out if the house had been previously burgled. Nobody really wants to know this information but if the property has been previously burgled, research shows that thieves are likely to return as they know the layout. If it has been burgled then make sure that your security system and locks are visibly improved from before.
- Check the ID of trades people who turn up. Moving homes undoubtedly brings with it the need for various trades people to help get your new home set up. However, there are criminals who will go around looking for new home owners to fraudulently target them. Make sure the only people you let into your home are those you know and invite.
- Get to know your neighbours. Your new neighbours can be your eyes and ears when you are not at home. If they know you and your family they will recognise strangers too and so alert you to unwelcome guests. Their presence or inquisitiveness will deter burglars who try and pass as being legitimate.
I hope that these tips will help and do not intend to worry you! If you are moving home and need a local locksmith in Edinburgh to help you with your security, get in touch with me, Richard.