Finally – you’re all moved in. But while you’re busy unpacking those boxes, it’s important to make sure you’re thinking about how to keep your home and belongings secure in your new place.
To help set you up for success, we’ve put together some sensible advice to help you to stay safe and secure in your new home.
Change your locks
It’s more common than you think for burglars to try to break in at your front door – sometimes even by getting their hands on your keys.
One of the best things you can do to protect your new home is to change the locks for new ones – so you can keep track of who has a spare key.
And if what you’ve inherited also isn’t as secure as it could be, it’s a good opportunity to upgrade.
Remember to lock up
Don’t leave your doors and windows unlocked, or you could invalidate an insurance policy as well as leaving your home vulnerable to burglary.
Keep your keys out of sight and out of reach – definitely nowhere visible from outside the property.
Consider an alarm
A burglar alarm system can be an effective back up to good physical security such as doors, windows and locks.
There are lots of alarm systems to choose from. So you’ll need to do some research and work out which one works best for you.
If there’s an alarm already installed when you move in, there’s still some work to do. Check that it’s working and make sure you reset all the alarm codes. If instructions for the alarm haven’t been left behind, you may need to contact the manufacturer or installer for help.
Put away your tools
If you leave out equipment like ladders, screwdrivers or wrenches, you could be giving an opportunistic burglar a helping hand. Keep your tools locked away in a garage or secure shed.
Report it immediately
If you are broken into, report it to the police within 24 hours.
Even if nothing was taken, it’s important to let the police know and to get a crime reference number. You’ll need this number if you want to make an insurance claim for property theft or buildings or contents damage.