When you move into a new place, it is important to secure it as best you can. Here are some things you can do to make sure you and your family are safer in your new home.

Have the Locks Changed 

There is no way to know who has keys to your house when you first move in. Your realtor had a key and other realtors might have keys as well. The previous owner may still have keys to the house, and so might anyone who they gave keys to. Therefore, one of the first things you need to do when you move into a new home is to have the locks changed. That way, you know exactly who has access to your house.

You might even ask the locksmith to install deadbolt locks upside down. These kinds of locks are usually harder for thieves to pick, and therefore you or your neighbors will have more time to alert the authorities if there is any trouble.

Avoid Giving Others the Key to the Deadbolt Lock

If your front door has a deadbolt on top and a regular lock underneath it, make sure to avoid giving maids, workmen and others a key to the deadbolt lock. On days when they are supposed to arrive at your home, you can remember to unlock the deadbolt so they can get in, but you can keep your house secure after they leave.

Avoid Leaving an Extra Key Outside

If you're like many people, you might think of leaving a key outside so that you can get into the house if you lose your keys or leave them somewhere. However, criminals know that people do this and may look around for a spot where you have hidden the extra key. Instead, make sure that extra keys are only given to trustworthy people you can reach easily if you ever need to get into your house and don't have your keys with you.

Have a Window Near Your Door? Consider a Double Cylinder Lock

Windows can be shattered by those trying to enter your home; if your door lock can be easily reached from the window, it's important that the right lock is in place to keep intruders out. Think about getting a double cylinder lock that requires a key from both outside and inside the house. That way, even if a window is broken, an intruder won't be able to turn the lock and enter your home.

Use the suggestions outlined above to make your new house a safer one. Work with a locksmith so that you can be confident that your new place is safe and secure.

For professional security services, contact a company such as Arapahoe County Security Center Inc.