4 Easy Ways to Secure your New Home

Burglars strike every 30 seconds, so home security should be a top priority. Here are 4 simple things you should do right away to secure your new home.

1. Secure the doors

Don’t help a burglar stroll in through the front door (34% of them do!). Inspect all of your exterior doors to make sure the door frames are strong, the hinges are protected, and—if your door has a mail slot—that someone can’t reach through it to unlock the door.

If you're moving into a residence that someone else used to call home, change the door locks. That way you won't have strangers out there with a key to your house, and you can make sure your locks are the best on the market.

Here are some quick reinforcements we recommend to help you shore up these vital entryways.

1. Install a deadbolt.

2. Add a strike plate.

3. Upgrade to smart locks.

4. Boost security with a video doorbell.

2. Lock the windows

Windows are a common entry point for criminals and may be left shut but unlocked by the previous homeowner. Plus, manufacturer latches on windows aren’t always effective—and sometimes they’re downright flimsy.

If you don’t like the looks of your window latches, beef up security with aftermarket window locks or key-operated levers. But you don’t have to stop there.

We have some other good ideas to help make your windows burglar-proof.

1. Reinforce glass with window security film.

2. Install window sensors or glass break sensors.

3. Add window bars.

4. Plant prickly bushes under first-floor windows (but be sure to keep them trimmed).

3. Light up the landscape

Vandals, burglars, and other criminals don’t like to be in the spotlight. Keep them at bay with ample outdoor lighting. Place lights around your front and back yards, along pathways, and near the garage and other outdoor structures. Not only will you make intruders skittish, you’ll also cut down your risk of a stumble on your way up the front steps.

Make your outdoor security lights even more effective with these tips:

1. Use motion-activated lights.

2. Save energy with solar-powered lights.

3. Use a smart outlet to put outdoor lights on a timer.

4. Set up schedules with smart light bulbs.

4. Set up a security system

Your new home should have some form of a security system, whether it’s a basic DIY system

or one that comes with professional monitoring

and home automation features. Today there are plenty of home security options for every budget and every level of protection.

To choose a system that you’re comfortable with, ET recommends evaluating the needs of your neighbourhood and your house. Once you know the likely risks, evaluate your home to see what is needed to protect it."

You can contact ET Rapid Response for a no obligation security evaluation of your home.​


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