11 security measures new homeowners need to implement

11 Security Measures New Homeowners Need to Implement

March 19, 2024 by

Purchasing a new home marks a significant milestone in life, symbolizing stability, growth, and fulfilling long-held dreams. Yet, amid the thrill of acquiring a new property, it’s essential to pay attention to the crucial aspects of home security

According to SGI Canada, a residential break-in occurs every 90 seconds, with a staggering 80% of them happening during daylight hours, so safeguarding your home should be a top priority from day one.

From investing in a comprehensive home security system to securing entry points and Wi-Fi networks, each of the following measures plays a crucial role in enhancing home security.

1. Re-key exterior door locks

If your keychain resembles a jumble of keys, it’s time to consider re-keying your exterior locks. This essential step is crucial for new homeowners, offering both security and convenience. With numerous individuals potentially possessing keys to your home, re-keying ensures that previous owners’ acquaintances can’t access your property.

Additionally, consolidating multiple keys into one provides ease of access while allowing customization for enhanced security. Whether it’s implementing a master key system or streamlining access for specific individuals, re-keying offers peace of mind and convenience for new homeowners.

2. Assess the condition and security of your doors

Your doors are the primary barrier between your home and potential intruders. It’s very important to assess their condition and security features thoroughly. Ensure that your doors are sturdy, with solid materials and properly installed deadbolts.

Consider upgrading to high-quality deadbolts with a significant throw into the door frame for added security. Moreover, implementing a key-control system prevents unauthorized key duplication, providing peace of mind when entrusting keys to others.

3. Secure the windows

Windows are common entry points for burglars, often left unlocked by previous owners. Upgrade window locks to ensure effective security and consider reinforcing glass with security film. 

Install window sensors and bars or plant prickly bushes under first-floor windows for added protection against intruders.

4. Opt for smart landscaping and fencing

Beware of dense vegetation around your house, which can offer cover for potential intruders. High shrubs near windows create hiding spots, increasing the risk of burglary. Trim bushes below window height and consider planting thorn-bearing plants for added deterrence.

Burglars seek unseen entry points, so maintain visibility across your property. Research on convicted burglars highlights the importance of minimizing blind spots and keeping shrubs low to deter burglary attempts.

5. Use smart home automation

Beyond traditional security functions, today’s security systems offer advanced capabilities that seamlessly blend safety and convenience. Smart home automation technologies provide unparalleled convenience and security enhancements for modern homeowners. 

From remotely controlling security systems via smartphone apps to scheduling lighting to simulate occupancy, these features empower homeowners to safeguard their properties easily.

6. Install outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting improves home security by deterring burglars, increasing visibility, and ensuring a well-lit property. Various types of outdoor lighting, such as floodlights, spotlights, pathway lighting, and landscape lighting, offer different benefits.

Motion sensor lighting detects movement, alerting to security breaches, while landscape lighting illuminates dark corners, making it harder for intruders to hide. Incorporating outdoor lighting into your security plan enhances home safety and visibility, thus deterring potential threats.

7. Secure the garage

Garages are becoming an increasingly common target for burglars. Even if intruders can’t breach your house, valuable items often reside in the garage. Develop a routine of locking all garage doors, both internal and external.

Consider storing your garage door opener inside the house to prevent burglars from seizing it from your vehicle. If you utilize a security code, safeguard its secrecy, refraining from entering it in the presence of others.

Other effective methods to enhance garage security include:

  • Upgrading to a smart garage door opener.
  • Concealing windows to obscure contents from view.
  • Bolstering garage doors with additional locks.
  • Utilizing home automation to ensure the garage door remains closed.
  • Installing a driveway alarm to detect approaching vehicles or individuals.

8. Enhance Wi-Fi network security

In today’s digital landscape, protecting your Wi-Fi network and personal data is paramount against online threats. Enable encryption like WPA3 to scramble transmitted data, thwarting interception attempts. Implementing a firewall adds an extra layer of defense, blocking unauthorized access.

Ensure strong, unique passwords to fortify network security, and regularly update them. Stay vigilant by updating network firmware and software to patch vulnerabilities. These proactive measures ensure your data and Wi-Fi network remain secure against malicious attacks.

9. Use cameras for home surveillance

Security cameras serve as a potent deterrent against burglars and package thieves, often capturing vital evidence for law enforcement. Whether integrated into a comprehensive home security system or used independently, they provide both prevention and resolution.

Opting for cameras with mobile app support allows real-time footage viewing and storage for potential police involvement. It’s essential to safeguard cameras against hackers with proactive measures. Consider additional features such as motion detection, night vision, Wi-Fi connectivity, two-way talk, and storage options (local or cloud).

10. Take fire prevention measures

Prioritize fire safety by inspecting existing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and replacing outdated units as necessary. Install additional detectors in key areas and verify the functionality of fire extinguishers. 

Schedule a professional chimney inspection before using fireplaces, and devise a fire escape plan tailored to your home’s layout.

11. Install a home security system

Home security systems effectively deter intruders and protect your loved ones. Professional installation ensures correct setup and integration, optimizing device positions. Wireless alarm systems that use a dedicated cellular connection are reliable and offer easy installation as well as remote access capabilities.

Smart home security systems integrate with other devices for enhanced functionality. As well, 24/7 monitoring detects suspicious activity promptly, providing peace of mind. Investing in a quality system adds a layer of protection and enhances home security, ensuring peace of mind.

Safeguard Your Home With Canadian Security Professionals

As new homeowners, your priority is the safety and security of your family and property. At Canadian Security Professionals, we understand these concerns and are dedicated to providing top-level security solutions.

We offer a range of customizable home security packages tailored to suit your unique needs. Our most popular packages provide comprehensive protection against burglary, home intrusion, fire, medical emergencies, and more. 

You can call one of our expert customer care agents at 1-877-494-9911 or contact us here.

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