Safe Haven Security Shares Tips for First-Time Home-Owner
First-time homebuyers, amidst looking for amenities, swimming pools, school districts and convenience, should also look for safety. Why? Most burglars break into homes within just a few miles of their own residences. This means you need to ensure the neighborhood you pick out is safe. Follow these steps to get maximum safety.
Check Out the Neighborhood
When you’re touring a potential new neighborhood, look out for these potential signs. Are there people sitting outside and interacting with each other? Are kids playing? Look to see if the area around the houses are being well-kept. Are there broken down cars in driveways or fences that are falling apart? Make sure to do a comprehensive check of the area.
Visible homes are less likely to be robbed. This is why houses on intersections and corners are less likely to be robbed than houses in the middle of the street. It is important to live in a well-lit area. Check for street lights around your potential home.
Once you buy your home, it’s a good idea to incorporate lights into your landscaping and trim your bushes and trees. A high fence is also an effective deterrent for thieves. A home security system should be installed to keep an eye on what is happening in and outside of the home. The act of putting the key under the mat or in a nearby flowerpot is never a good idea, as intruders are known to look in those places first. Finally, make sure to keep all windows and doors locked. With the ADT Pulse app, securing your home has never been easier, you can even lock doors and shut your garage from wherever you are.