If you've just moved to an area with high crime rates, you might be worried. The constant wail of sirens and the stream of news reports about local crimes can create a lot of anxiety, and it's important not to put off taking action because of fear. There are many ways that you can protect your home and family, and you'll kick yourself if you end up being a victim of crime because you didn't take proper precautions. These tips will help you to feel safer and more secure so you can concentrate on enjoying your new home.
Install a home security system
A comprehensive home security system is one of the best ways to prevent theft. A motion sensitive burglar alarm can be set up to come on every night and will be triggered the second someone enters your property. Many alarm companies will provide a visual alarm outside the property, which usually deters burglars from entering in the first place. Security lights are another great preventative measure, as most thieves will be scared off by the prospect of a bright light putting them on show. For maximum security, set up CCTV cameras both inside and outside your property. These will put off the vast majority of criminals, who won't want to risk their face being caught on camera—especially if they're already on record for previous crimes.
Get to know your neighbours
Living in a neighbourhood with a lot of crime doesn't mean that your neighbours will be bad people—chances are they're just like you. Getting to know your neighbours can make you feel a lot more at home, and it's likely that they'll feel reassured once they know you and your family. Start with a quick introduction and see where things go. If your neighbours seem friendly, you could invite them over for dinner. They'll be able to give you tips on living in your new neighbourhood, for example, which areas to avoid at night. When you go away on holiday, you can ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your property, so there's no risk you'll return home to the shock of a burgled house.
Check your insurance
In the unfortunate event that an item is stolen from your property, you'll want to make sure that you can replace it. Having full home and contents insurance will provide you with this peace of mind. You should check the terms of your insurance thoroughly, as there may be limitations. For example, if you don't have adequate locks in place on all doors and windows, your insurance may not pay out in the event of a robbery. Make sure you meet all the requirements to avoid any nasty surprises.