Doing your homework is essential and the key to protecting yourself, your family and property from crime. If you are planning on relocating then there are many things to be considered. The best course of action is to get statistics on crime for the area you would like to move to. See what the incidence is of home invasions, break and enters and auto thefts. Knowing these figures in advance of placing a bid on a property for sale could have you thinking twice and looking elsewhere. Keep in mind that your home and auto insurance may spike up drastically if you move to a high crime area.
Everyone wants to live in a low crime area and for that very reason, more and more people are looking at residing in gated communities where the incidence of crime is quite low. Usually a gated community employs a security staff and a video surveillance system to help keep the incidence of crime low.
There are several things that you can do to further protect yourself, family, property and belongings. First and foremost you should hire a security professional like a locksmith that can help to guide you in the right direction to better secure your household. Some recommendations we would make include having your locks rekeyed. Lock rekeying stops anyone from entering your new property with a key. This could include neighbours and friends of the previous owners plus baby sitters, nannies, gardeners and anyone else that might have been given a key by the last property owners.
Another consideration is, if your new home does not already have an alarm system then you should get one installed. These days many alarm companies are offering to absorb the costs of supplying and installing an alarm system just so they can add you as a client and bill you on a monthly basis. If not completely free, it is likely that it is a very low cost for them to supply and install their system. Some can be as low as a $99 supply and installation fee.
Something else to consider is having a video surveillance system installed. Most of the newer video surveillance systems allow you to monitor your property over the internet no matter where in the world you are. All you really need is an internet connection and you can stream video from your surveillance system over the internet in real time. This could be very handy in the apprehension and prosecution of burglars as the system, if set-up properly, will record video to the computer hard drive. The software included with newer systems is usually also capable of sending you an email alert each time that a motion is detected on any camera within the system.
There are other things you can do to protect your family and property which we will cover in an upcoming blog post.
Security Article Written by: Toronto Locksmith
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