How to be Safe in Your New Home

How to be Safe in Your New Home

You have just moved into your new home and can’t wait to getrneverything organised just the way you like. However, before you get carried awayrnwith decorating and buying new furniture you need to make sure that your newrnhome is completely secure. Here is my guide to what I think you should do asrnsoon as possible to ensure you and your new home are fully protected.

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1.       Change your locks

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When you are given the keys to your new property you have no idea howrnmany other sets of keys are still in circulation. The old owner could haverngiven a set to a tradesman and not got them back or perhaps to friends orrnneighbours as a backup. If this is the case there is always the possibilityrnthat someone could let themselves straight into your home completely uninvitedrn– not a nice thought! In addition, if you are burgled but there has been norn‘forced entry’, your insurance company may refuse to pay out. To avoid thisrnhappening to you get in touch with a good localrnlocksmith who will quickly change your locksrnto good quality British Standard ones.

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 2.       Make sure outbuildingsrnare securely locked

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Garages, sheds, summer houses etc. usually contain items that arernexpensive to replace e.g. gardening equipment, power tools, bikes, gardenrnfurniture etc. They are usually easier for a burglar to target so it isrnessential that they are protected with the correct type of secure lock. Again arngood locksmith will be able to help with anyrnlock repairs or lock replacements

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3.       Check burglaryrnhistory

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It is a good idea to find out if your new home has been recently burgled.rnThis is because if it has, you are unfortunately statistically more likely tornbe broken into again. It is not nice to find out your lovely new home isrnvulnerable in this way, but it is much better to know so that you can takernprecautions by beefing up your security. Fitting a visible alarm system or CCTVrnsystem is a good way to let potential burglars know that your security has beenrnupgraded.

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4.       Secure WiFirnconnection

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Many of us use ipads, laptops, pcs smartphones etc. to pay bills, bankrnand shop etc. To protect all your financial information, it is essential that yourndo this via a secure wifi connection.  Thisrnmeans setting up your wifi with a password to ensure your neighbours or eavesdroppingrncriminals cannot gain access to it.

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 5.       Be a good neighbour

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The people who live next to you can be your biggest help at keeping yourrnhome secure. They can spot dodgy looking callers when you are not at home andrnget in touch with you if there are any problems. Neighbours who are aboutrnduring the day e.g. older people or people with young children also act as arngood deterrent for burglars who do not want to be spotted lurking in thernvicinity. Getting to know your neighbours and being a good neighbour is goodrnsocially and can help keep your home safe too.

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6.       Choose reputablerntradesmen

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Nowrnthat you have a new home you will probably have a number of jobs that will needrndoing in order to get it looking the way you want.  New homes are often targeted with flyersrnthrough the door offering the services you are likely to need.  Most will be genuine but some won’t. Alwaysrntake the time to check out any tradesmen you are going to employ. It is betterrnto ask family and friends for recommendations or look tradesmen up on Googlernand check out their most recent reviews.

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