Security Tips For Homeowners in South Africa.
Exploring the possibility of buying a home?
Other than location, price, and amenities, security is one of the top concerns first-time buyers consider before purchasing a home.
Ideally, you want to feel confident about your decision, knowing that you have taken all major influencing factors into consideration.
The tips provided below will ensure that you consider the most important details.
- Locks: Start afresh by replacing all locks on windows and doors when you move into your new home.
- Sliding doors: inspect sliding doors and windows and make sure that they fit well within their frames. Check burglar bars too.
- Alarm system: if there is an existing alarm system in place, ensure that you get all the necessary details and manual and change all passcodes before you move in. Should there not be a system installed, consider getting one before your big move. Consider whether or not your alarm system has an exterior alarm to alert your security company and neighbours before burglars attempt to gain access to your home.
- CCTV: if there is a pre-existing system set up, check that it is working. Alternatively, have one installed and link it to your mobile phone.
- Inspect your home’s weak spots: take a walk around the home and garden to assess which parts of your home are considered as “weak spots” so that you can take the necessary preventative measures to make gaining entry to your home difficult for any burglar.
- Let there be light; and lots of it! anyone attempting to gain entry to your property will not want to be put in the spotlight while doing so. Adding lights to poorly lit areas of your home and spotlights in the front and back will be a deterrent for burglars.
- Clean up: ensure that any boxes and items that will be discarded once you have moved in have been removed from your premises so as to not attract attention to your home. There are drop off locations for items like these.
- Your Friendly Neighbours: get to know them. They will be closest to you in times of need. Whether you need someone to look after your pet, water your plants, or alert you to suspicious activity, your neighbour is your new best friend.
- Homeowners Insurance: go over your homeowner’s insurance policy to see what it covers and to make sure that you have the cover you need.
- Remain Vigilant: leaving keys in pot plants and under doors is seldom a good idea. Same goes for leaving items lying around the garden. Burglars know to check these areas, and they will be tempted by any items lying around the home that they can quickly grab and exit with ease.
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