Moving into a new home is a truly exciting time in one’s life. It’s a chance to build everlasting memories, show your decorative side, and entertain guests. Though a new home may feel like your personal sanctuary, you should take proper precautions to ensure your home is as secure as possible. There is nothing worse than finally setting up your house and having unwanted “guests” break into your home and steal what you had worked so hard to set up.

Change Every Door Lock.This is the first step that should be done as soon as you move in. You have no idea who previously lived in the house nor if anyone still has access to the old keys. There are a number of locks, keypads, and fingerprint scanners that you can use to increase the security of your home so it is best to use proper judgment when deciding which is necessary for your home.

Look into a Home Security System. A home security system provides a number of benefits should a burglar break the locks on your doors. It helps alert the authorities much quicker and could potentially scare off the burglars keeping your valuables intact. After installing your security system make sure it is prominently advertised that your home is equipped with one such as flags, decals, and signs.

Install Window Locks. Along with Doors, windows are a common for burglars to gain access to your home and are many times overlooked. It is important to determine which windows have the potential to be broken into and need a lock. For more susceptible windows consider installing burglar bars to both windows and sliders.

Introduce yourself to your Neighbors. It is imperative to establish a positive relationship with your neighbors as it provides a number of benefits to help protect your home. First, when you are unable to be at your home you can inform your neighbors how long you will be away to help prevent unwanted circumstances from occurring. Second, they are another set of eyes from the outside of your home; if they spot suspicious activity they can either contact you or the authorities.