When you move to a new area, it makes sense to get to know the area and take a few extra precautions to make sure you’re as safe as possible. The idea is the same if you’re moving to a different area of the city, or even to a foreign country.
Most of these are simple, good habits to get into and can help keep you and your property safe.
Use a reputable company to move
Unless you’re renting a truck and moving your own things, you’ll need to hire a moving company. Choose a company that has a good reputation and has all the necessary checks and insurances in places like Allied Van Lines Canada or a similar one in your area.
If in doubt about a company, don’t take any risks, choose a different company that you have more confidence in.
Change the locks
How often have you given out a spare key to family, friends, or even a neighbor? You have no idea how many people have keys to your new place. Rather than guessing, changing the locks means that you know exactly who has a key. You also need to be careful who you give out keys to as well and if there’s a chance that these people have lost them or your relationship with them changes, that you change the locks again.
Install an alarm system
Home security systems are getting more sophisticated every day and you can install one relatively inexpensively. It can even alert and be controlled by your smartphone. Some alarm systems are connected directly to a security company, who can arrange to check on your home if there is a security alert and can contact the police if necessary.
If you rent your property, ask your landlord if you can change the alarm code, so the previous residents can’t disable your alarm.
Get to know your new neighbors
Your neighbours can be a huge benefit to your security. If they notice anything out of the ordinary with your property they can sound the alarm. But they can only really do this if they know you and are familiar with your routine.
Learn the safest routes home
If you’re out late, alone, knowing the fastest & safest route home is important. Learn the different ways to get home so that you always have an alternative route, if needed.