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Ensuring security in new homes

Master Locksmiths Association : 09 February, 2016  (Technical Article)
The MLA provides advice to home buyers on making security assessments and preventing domestic crime
Ensuring security in new homes

According to recent research, buying or selling a property is one of life’s most nerve-wracking experiences and was recently listed as more stressful than going through a divorce or being made redundant. Here, Dr Steffan George, development director of the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) provides some top tips to how to take the stress out of securing a new property.

Changing the locks: According to recent statistics over two thirds of people do not change the locks when they move into their new home. Previous tenants, their family, friends and even tradesmen may still have keys to your home, which is a big security risk. For peace of mind, we would recommend contacting an MLA approved locksmith to install a patented lock system. These systems prevent anyone making a copy of your key without proof of ownership, restricting the number of people with access to your property.

Security assessment: Consider asking a locksmith to perform a security assessment on your property. This assessment will ensure you have suitable locks on doors and windows that meet your specific requirements. Your locksmith may also identify any vulnerable areas, both internally and externally, that require maintenance. Many MLA approved locksmiths will conduct this assessment for free.

Deterrents: It may come as no surprise to learn that criminals prefer the cover of darkness, therefore installing dusk till dawn lights can act as a deterrent to potential thieves. If you are not moving straight into your property and want to avoid making your home a target, using timed lights and fake TV’s can give the illusion that your property is occupied.

Quality security: Moving into a new property can be an expensive time for new home buyers, but saving on the cost of security can result in further expense in the long term. Always ensure you buy high quality security systems, we would recommend items approved and tested by Sold Secure.

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