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Moving from a house where you felt safe and secure into a new and unfamiliar location can cause trepidation in even the most experienced mover. Here are some great tips SmartMove got from personal security expert Robert Siciliano, CEO of ID Theft Security, and private investigator Robin Martinelli, Martinelli Investigations Inc., as well as David Gregg on things you can do to keep your family and possessions as safe as possible.

What to Put in Place

  • Alarm System – An alarm system is the first thing to consider when approaching home security.  Systems run the gamut from basic noisemakers to complex notification programs. When using to transfer your cable, Internet and phone service to your new home, make sure to ask about the home security and home automation services available through your cable company. 
    • Thanks to smart phone and tablet technology, companies are now able to offer security and home automation systems that allow remote programming and operation so you can check on a new puppy, program your heat and lights and keep an eye on things from anywhere.
    • Some newer alarms have cellular options, a safeguard even if your phone lines are cut.
  • Lighting – plays an important role in discouraging crime. Install huge flood lights all around your house.
  • Cameras – Indoor and outdoor cameras are helpful, but more for gathering evidence than providing security. Professional thieves can be in and out of your home in less than four minutes. But if you get video of the crime, share it with the police and hopefully, the evidence will help catch the thieves.
Although installing alarms and cameras is a good idea, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to secure your home.  There are smaller ticket items that can enhance security as well.
  • Install Peepholes and talk through the door when you don't recognize someone. You tell your children not to talk to strangers, so why would you open the door of your home to a total stranger?
  • Call a Locksmith – All locks are not made equal. Call a qualified locksmith, one associated with a well-known lock manufacturer, to take a physical security survey of your home and grounds. They can help you determine the most efficient way to lock up. Many products on the market can give you a false sense of security.   
  • Use Signs – Signs are great deterrents. Post ‘Beware of Dog’ signs, even if you don't have a dog, and put up security signs and stickers, even if you don't have a security system.

Take Extra Precautions

  • Check out the Neighborhood - Before you buy the home, check out the neighborhood. Pull the police records for your neighborhood for the last two years.  You can find documentation of any crime reported on your street. 
  • Document your Property – You should have already done this for the move for insurance purposes, but it makes sense to document all your property. Video record or photograph everything in your home, noting the serial numbers of items, and store the tape or chip in a safe deposit box at the bank.
  • Leave Lights On – Leaving on lights, television and music around the house are among the best precautions you can take. People will assume you are home. Use timers to rotate which lights are lit, varying the rooms and time of night the lights are on.
  • Watch What You Say - Most of the time, there is a connection between the invader and the homeowner – and that is why the household got robbed. One simple reason your house is chosen is that someone tipped off the home invader that you have valuables, or your friends or children or baby sitter might have unintentionally bragged.
  • Be Judicious with Social Media - Never use social media to tell anyone that you are going out of town, and be careful of posting vacation photos while you have the whole family away from home.  Only a close contact should know, and ask them not to accidentally tip off others.

Staying Safe When Moving

  • Check That Doors Are Locked - Moving to a new residence can be a vulnerable time. Your surroundings have completely changed and you’re likely under stress. Post reminders to check that all doors are locked and to leave lights on when going out, even if it’s just to grab a bite to eat.
  • Recycle Packing Boxes - Also, those packing boxes on the curb from a new flat screen TV, sound system or small appliances are a tip-off that you may have moved in some attractive, expensive items. Better to break the boxes down and take them to a recycling center.
  • Get Connected Immediately - You’ll also feel safer if your Internet, TV and phone services are set up, along with your utilities, from day one. It’s easy to do in advance of your move at, and be sure to ask if your new cable company offers home security services.
Also check for tips on how to keep your children safe in a new neighborhood, keeping your children safe online and on tips for childproofing your new home. Be happy, be healthy and be safe in your new surroundings!
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