Ten Ways For Your Client To Secure Their New Home

Did you know in the United States, a burglary happens every 16 seconds according to the FBI?  While we are in business to insure against catastrophes, we work hard to help prevent losses such as this.  If you just sold a house, your client is probably thinking about all the ways to make the new house feel like home.  This is also a great time to remind them of the importance of home security. The changes your client makes to the home and property now can help protect them for years to come.

Consider sharing these 10 tips to help keep your client and his/her possessions safe and secure:

  1. Change or rekey the locks. Many break-ins occur through the front door or back door.
  2. Landscape with safety in mind. Look for areas that could be potential hiding spots for thieves. Clear away overgrown areas.
  3. Talk with the local police department. Police departments may offer to come and inspect the home and property and provide suggestions to increase home security. They can also offer insight on past break-in trends in your area.
  4. Get to know the neighbors. Take the time to meet people on the street and encourage them to watch out for any suspicious activity when you are not home.
  5. Lighting matters. Lighting can set the right ambiance inside a home, but outdoor lighting can be the difference between a home being targeted – or not – by thieves. Motion-sensitive fixtures can help add security and provide light when needed.
  6. Avoid advertising new purchases.  Moving into a new house often means frequent purchases. Thieves look for newly delivered boxes on a front porch, a method called porch pirating, so consider having them delivered elsewhere or requiring a signature for delivery. Thieves may also look at clues provided by trash or recycling, which may indicate the new computer or flat-screen television inside.
  7. Set a safety routine. Make sure to establish a routine to regularly lock all doors.  Turn on the alarm system when leaving the home. Avoid leaving spare keys outside, under a planter or welcome mat, as thieves know most of the potential hiding places.
  8. Manage visibility. Make sure you can see who is at your front door without opening it. Avoid placing valuables where they will be visible from the street, and do not place the home alarm panel in a place where people can see you arming it from the outside.
  9. Protect outdoor valuables. Burglars also target sheds, garages and other outdoor buildings. Secure the grill, lawn mower, bicycles and other outdoor gear.

Create a plan for when you are away. Hold the mail and stop the papers.

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