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Security Tips Keep Your House Safe

by Eun Young Lee 07/21/2019

Many are often overwhelmed by the situations that come with moving such as stress and the need to adjust to a new environment. In this excitement, it is easy to divert attention from the security of the house to other things.

You are probably saying 'It is a new home and should be safe by default.' The truth is: even in the safest neighborhood, crimes happen occasionally. Also, when the environment is safe, there is a need to add an extra layer of security to check unwarranted intrusion, theft, and harm to you.Here are essential home security tips you need to keep your new home safe.

Change the locks

A new home is an investment, and you don't want to lose it, or parts of it, to burglars. Old locks are vulnerable to lock picks if they are not the latest, more advanced types. Also, chances are someone else out there is still holding on to the key of your home. Therefore, the first thing to do when you move into a new house is to change all the locks to your outside doors.

Install an alarm and motion sensors

This security measure is one of the best ways to protect your home from burglary. These alarms come in different designs and technicalities for every budget. Also, consider installing motion sensitive outdoor lamps to pick any strange movement within your perimeter.

Install a video doorbell

With a video doorbell, you get visuals of everyone approaching your door. Some come with motion sensors and are even smart enough to transmit to your smartphone when you're away from home.

Video doorbells come with a two-way audio system as well. For instance, if you're in or away, you can communicate with anyone at your door.

Landscape your yard

If there are tall hedges, obstructing trees or bushes that can serve as hideouts for burglars, you are playing cards in their favor. It is best to get those shears to work. Trim hedges, cut branches of trees and if you must have the bushes, consider installing lighting fixtures there to scare the bad guys away.

The aim of landscaping your yard is to deny burglars the chance to hide and plan hideous crimes. Also, when your yard is free from obstructions, you can see all that is going on outside with ease.

Though moving into a new home involves different processes, never neglect the security of your home. These tips have worked and will keep working. Stay safe!

About the Author
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Eun Young Lee

Eun Young “EY” Lee has been living in San Francisco for the last 17 years. Over those years she has fallen in love with this beautiful city, the great food, incredible parks and mild weather. She enjoys exploring San Francisco’s different neighborhoods and seeing the unique character of them all. This exploration of the City and its neighborhoods sparked her interest in real estate.

EY grew up in New Jersey and New York, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She has over 15 years of experience in market research and client services. Her success in the corporate world was derived from understanding her clients’ needs. This translates to a real estate agent who excels at assessing what each client wants and needs. This, combined with her knowledge of San Francisco, positions EY well to help clients find and sell their home by the Bay.

When not working, EY is an avid tennis player and can be found playing tennis throughout the city from Golden Gate Park to the Golden Gateway along the Embarcadero. She also enjoys making pottery at the Sharon Art Studio, skiing, and enjoying all the great food in the City and the Bay Area.