Top Ten tips on security when moving into a new property

Nottingham has a long and interesting history  from the Luddites and Robin Hood to the birth place of big industries for a city of its size your never to far away from rolling country side so it’s easy to see why so many people choose to buy property in Nottingham and set up home, and lets not forget all those students that move to Nottingham to attend our great universities.

As a locksmith working in Nottingham I am often called out by occupiers of a new property to assess their security so I’ve compiled my list of the top ten security issues to consider when moving house in Nottingham

1: Lock Replacement

When moving into a new property, We would strongly advise ALL locks should be replaced. Our Nottingham locksmiths can replace locks quickly and easily on all types of doors internal and external and provide peace of mind as you never really know just who may still have the keys to your property.

2:  Burglar Alarm Systems

Most new owners will inherit an alarm system and it’s codes.  We would always advise getting the code changed to your alarm immediately because just as with the keys to your property can you really be sure just who has had access to the alarm code in the past?  Our Nottingham locksmiths  can change codes to existing alarm systems or new installations if the property isn’t fitted with one. Nowadays alarm systems can range from protection a single room or entry point to every room and all entrances and exits – sensors can be fitted that take into account if pets are in the home so you can still set alarms while there at home.

3:  CCTV

If you move into a property with a CCTV system already installed, it may be worth discussing the effectiveness of the existing system with one of our experienced locksmiths in Nottingham Are the cameras installed in the best positions for example?  Would it be beneficial to install more cameras?  No CCTV installed? No problem we can install a system that meets your needs, even a system that is viewable and controlled via your smart phone from anywhere in the world.

4:  New Doors and Windows

If you are considering lock replacement for your windows and doors, it may also be worth considering whether your existing windows and doors are in need of replacing as well. New windows and doors will not only enhance your properties security but also its appearance and energy efficiency too.  Our competitively priced locksmiths in Nottingham would be happy to provide you with a free security survey in order for you to assess how secure your existing doors and windows are.  

5:  Home Contents Insurance

I would always advisable to check your home insurance to make sure that it still meets the requirements of you and your family in your new property. Extra security features will help to bring policy prices down so it is always advisable discussing your existing home security with your current insurance providers.  Also check for any stipulations in the policy such as the standard of locks that should be installed.  Our Nottinghsm locksmiths supply and install a range of British Standard and Insurance approved locks and would be happy to check if your locks are up to standard and if upgrades are required.

6:  Garages and Outbuildings: 

It can be easy just to focus on the new home but please remember that garages and outbuildings such as sheds and summer houses can also be a prime target for thieves.  our fully trained locksmiths can provide a free whole site survey to highlight any weak security areas in your property and out buildings and advise you on how to address any issues that we find.

7:  Speak to your neighbours

Your new neighbours will be a great source of knowledge about security and crime in the local area.  Have there been any recent burglaries or thefts?  How did the thieves access the properties? Perhaps there has been a spate of vehicle crime?  This local knowledge can help you to decide which areas of security will need addressing in your new home.  LS Locksmiths can advise you on how to tackle your security concerns and beat the burglar. 

8:  Safe Installation

Moving house may provide an opportunity for you to consider installing a safe.  Safes come in all different shapes and sizes and are very useful to store documents, deeds and family heirlooms. Remember a safe should always be fitted securely to a solid wall or floor 

9: Try to hide the move

Unfortunately unoccupied properties or properties that are preparing for a move can often be the target of thieves.  Try to leave curtains up until the last minute and make sure that boxes are not stacked in plain view of windows and doors.  I would suggest making security at the new property a priority. Not moving in straight away? Why not start the work in securing your property before you even move in talk to one of our team about how we can secure your property, it’s contents and loved ones.

10:  Enjoy your new home in Nottingham

Nottingham is a fantastic place to live!  Enjoy the open spaces (your never more then a few miles from the countryside) like Wollerton hall, And our numerous country parks. Also enjoy the countless things available to do in Nottingham such as watching our local football teams & cricket at the world famous Trent Bridge, vibrant night life in many pubs & clubs and don’t forget the shopping!   

We really hope you enjoy your new home in Nottingham.

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