One of the first priorities once you have settled into your new home, is to determine what security you need to protect it. Chances are if there was a previous owner there may be a security system in place or at least some security measures that have been implemented. You need to design your own security protection that suits your specific needs.
It may be the previous owners were not concerned about security and took no extra measures for protection. As soon as possible you want to do an assessment of your home and determine what you want to utilize for the safety of you, your family and your assets.
It starts with the Perimeter
You want to check around the perimeter of the home and determine what the weaknesses are in regards to your security and where the home may be vulnerable. This includes checking the windows and doors. Make sure that these are in clear view and not obstructed with tree and shrubs. These would provide protection for a “would be” thief that may try to break into your home. Check each of the windows and doors to determine that their locking mechanisms are in good condition. You may want to change the locks on your doors even if they are good ones. You really dont know how many keys are floating around out there that the previous owner may have issued and forgotten about. Window locking mechanisms tend to get broken and neglected in regards to replacing them. These are first step security measures that you can take right away and will immediately scale up your security. Check your window wells to see if there are windows big enough that a person could fit through. If so, an easy solution for this is some window guards that look attractive but will stop intruders.
Your exterior lighting is important as well. Make sure that the entrance ways and your front and back yard have good lighting that you can access. You may want to incorporate the operation of these lights through your security system or at the very least put them on timers.
Your Security System
You have a lot of options when it comes to your main security system. You can look at a do it yourself set up or a better choice is to bring in the experts from Pre-Lock. These professionals will do a full assessment of your security needs and make recommendations based on this. They can provide you with a security system that suits your needs and will not try to upsell you on unnecessary security items. The big difference with dealing with a Company like this is that not all security is the same and you are going to get personalized service.