11 Simple Ways to Keep Your New Home Secure and Protected

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I am lucky to live in an incredibly safe area so I never needed to use many of these home security tips. The estate we live on has frequent security patrols so it would be extremely unlikely that we would fall victim to a burglary or break-in. That’s not to say it won’t ever happen though, and in reality we should all take measures to keep our homes safe.

This is especially true when you move into a new home and don’t know the area well yet. Your to-do list will be enormous in your new home but don’t forget to follow these simple home security tips so that you can put your mind at ease knowing your new home is protected and secure.

1. Check for Vulnerabilities

As soon as you move in, make it a priority to conduct a thorough walk-through of your new home to identify and address any security vulnerabilities. This includes checking the integrity of all entry points, ensuring there are no easy access points like broken windows or weak doors.

2. Reinforce Doors and Windows

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If you find any vulnerabilities you will need to address them as soon as possible. This may include reinforcing or upgrading your doors and windows to make them more secure. Windows are common entry points for burglars, so make sure they are secure. If any windows have broken locks or don’t close well, fix them right away.

Make sure all doors are strong and secure too. Check that the frames are solid and that the doors fit well. If any doors feel weak or have gaps, consider replacing them. A solid door with a good lock is your first line of defence.

Don’t forget to check any sliding doors as these can be a weak point. Install a rod or dowel in the track to prevent the door from being forced open. Security film may be useful here or consider installing a secondary lock.

You may also want to consider taking extra measures such as installing deadbolt locks and using security bars or locks on windows. You could also apply shatter-resistant film on any glass windows and doors.

3. Change the Locks

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It’s probably worth changing all the locks anyway just to be extra safe. This ensures that only you and your family have access to the keys. You don’t know who the previous owners may have given keys to. It’s a good idea to hire locksmiths to do this, as they can suggest the best locks for security.

You may want to consider upgrading to smart locks which provide keyless entry and allow you to control access to your home via your smartphone. Some models also allow you to provide temporary access codes to guests or service providers.

4. Install Timers for Lights

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It’s always a good idea to use timers or smart plugs to turn lights on and off. This will make it look like someone is home even when you’re not and can help deter burglars who might be watching for an opportunity.

4. Install a Video Doorbell

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Video doorbells are great as they allow you to see who is at your door and communicate with visitors without having to open the door to strangers. You ca also receive alerts about any activity at your front door straight to your smart phone.

Some doorbells allow you to communicate with visitors remotely too, so for example, if you receive a delivery and you’re not home, you can talk to the mail delivery person and inform them that you’d like them to leave your parcel in a secure location.

5. Install a Security System

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If you live in an area where safety is a particular concern, consider installing a comprehensive security system. There are many options available which can include alarms, motion detectors, and security cameras.

Modern systems often come with mobile apps, allowing you to monitor your home remotely. Lots of devices can send alerts if they detect anything unusual and gives you a chance to keep tabs on your property.

A good security system can alert you and the authorities if someone tries to break in. Smart home devices these days are excellent and can often be used with home security.

6. Use a Safe

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On the off chance that someone manages to bypass your security system and break into your home, you will want to protect your valuable items inside your home. Consider installing a safe so that you can keep valuables, important documents, and spare keys secure. Ensure the safe is bolted down and hidden from plain view.

7. Secure the Garage

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Sadly, it is not enough to simply secure your home. That’s why our home security tips also focus on the exterior of your property. Ensure your garage is secure, as it can be an easy entry point. Check that the garage door works properly and has a good lock. Use a strong, reliable garage door opener and keep the garage door closed when not in use. Consider installing a lock on the inside of the garage door for added security.

If the garage is connected to the house, make sure the door leading into the house is as secure as your front door.

8. Add Outdoor Lighting

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It’s always a good idea to install motion-sensor lights around the perimeter of your home. This can deter potential intruders by making it difficult for them to approach your house undetected.

It’s also a useful safety feature for you and your family and will help you navigate your property in good light to prevent trips and falls when you leave and return to the property.

9. Check the Garden

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Walk around your garden and check all the fences and gates. Make sure they are in good condition and that gates have locks. A sturdy fence and locked gates can keep intruders out and give you extra privacy and security.

Keep bushes and trees trimmed, especially near windows and entry points. This reduces hiding spots for potential intruders and improves visibility.

10. Get to Know Your Neighbours

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Moving to a new neighbourhood may mean you don’t know anyone in the area. Getting to know your neighbours is something you should prioritise, not only because it’s good to be friendly but it’s a simple but effective way to improve your home security.

Friendly neighbours can watch your home when you’re not around and alert you to any suspicious activity. A close-knit community is safer for everyone when it comes to home security.

11. Secure Your Wi-Fi Network

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The last of my home security tips is to secure your Wi-Fi network. This can be done by ensuring you choose a strong password and use encryption on your home network. A secure Wi-Fi network prevents hackers from accessing your smart home devices and personal information.

So that’s it! Those are my top home security tips that will help you ensure your new home is safe and secure from the moment you move in. Is there anything I have missed? If so add your own ideas in the comments.

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