August 22nd, 2016

Important Home Security Tips for Moving House

A breach in home security can be impossible to plan for. If a break-in comes in the middle of a house move—be it before you’ve loaded up the van, or just after you’ve settled into your new home—the consequences can be devastating.

Moving house can leave homeowners in a vulnerable position; possessions are in boxes, and there are two different properties at risk. The statistics back this up: according to the British Crime Survey, a home is almost twice as likely to be burgled in its residents’ first year there than any other. Therefore, it’s essential to take every available precautionary measure to avoid the worst.

Moving house is commonly described as one of the most stressful life events a person can put themselves through. However, by planning the security behind your move well, and being thoroughly prepared with checklists and inventories before you sign the paperwork, you can concentrate on the excitement that lies ahead.

Before you move

Once you have taken the decision to find a new property, make sure you do your homework about where you’re hoping to move. The UK Police website offers free statistics which can give a general picture of the crime rate in any given area of the country. The site also allows you to compare the statistics in different postcodes, which allows you to gain a clearer picture of how safe your potential new surroundings will be.

While you can rely on an in-depth site survey to provide comprehensive property protection, through determining the suitability of security systems such as domestic CCTV integrated with wireless burglar alarms, it’s important to think about your personal safety in the neighbourhood.

It’s worth speaking to the people who are selling any house you’re interested in to find out more about their safety within the home. If you are able to take time to explore your surroundings on foot before or after a house viewing, endeavour to do this as well; it may even be worth asking any locals you see about their experiences of living in the area.

During the move

Having a “for sale” or “sold” sign outside your house isn’t just advertising for your estate agents – it’s an easy way for burglars to spot a vulnerable target. Similarly, while you may want to share your exciting news with friends and family on social media, you could also be broadcasting your news to potential thieves. Remember, the front door of your home is likely to be open for much of moving day as your possessions are transported from house to the moving van.

Make sure the moving company you hire is well-reviewed and has come recommended by others; there are certain high-value items which some removal companies will not be able to cover with insurance, and therefore refuse to take. For these types of items – jewellery, for example – the onus will be on you to look after them and keep them safe.

You should also ensure you don’t leave any boxes or large items unsupervised, particularly as you are moving them onto the van; an enterprising thief would have no trouble taking something from outside your house without you noticing. This attention is just as important on arriving at your new home; move your possessions directly from van to house, avoid leaving any packing boxes near curtainless windows, and make sure to lock any moving vehicles if you are leaving them unattended.

Settling in

Since you are unlikely to know how many sets of keys were cut for your new home, it is essential to have your locks changed as quickly as possible once you have access to the new property. This equally applies to locks on your windows and your garage, if you have one. It may also be worth installing a spy hole for your front door to provide additional security.

If your new home does not have a burglar alarm system, make sure you organise an installation as soon as you can. If there is an existing alarm in the property, make sure you have the details of the supplier, the manual, and change the code. If you’re moving into a block of flats, many come with access control systems. Be sure that you are provided with the necessary codes or smart-cards and keep them safe.

By taking care to put these measures in place during the moving process, your home will be far less at risk of theft or burglary. If you would like more information about how to improve home security on your existing property, or further advice on keeping your new home safe, get in touch with us today to arrange a free security survey.

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