The days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming, and the clocks are springing forward. This signals the time of year when many of us think about moving home.
Moving is a big step and there’s a lot to think about, which means security can sometimes become an after-thought. With this in mind, the security specialists at Yale have put together some key advice to help anyone thinking of moving home this spring.
Before viewing a property you will have a mental checklist of things you want; a comfy bed, big sofa, and plenty of bathrooms. However, as well as home comforts it’s important to think about what you need to look out for in terms of safety. In fact, security should be a key part of the selection process when you are viewing potential accommodation.
Here a few question you should ask yourself while viewing a property:
Does the house seem secure from the outside?
Think about how you would get in if you lost your keys, if it’s easy for you then think how easy it is for a burglar.
Does the property have an alarm?
Alarms act as an excellent form of deterrent, with research showing 84% of imprisoned burglars would avoid a home with a working alarm*.
Does the front/back door look solid and secure?
Typically, burglars spend just sixty seconds breaking into a home and that’s not surprising considering how easy it often is. In 73% of cases** they gained entry via a door, and in 3% of these cases the door was left open. Ideally doors should be secured using a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meets British Standard BS3621.
Are the windows secure?
Check to see if all the windows are fitted with secure locks and that the handles are in good working order, particularly on the ground floor.
Is there adequate outside lighting?
Ask yourself if you would feel secure entering the house at any time of day. It’s important to feel safe and secure in your new home.
Keep your memories yours.
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