5 Home Security Tips for New Homeowners in Jacksonville

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Buying and moving into your first house is an exciting time. With so much to do quickly, you may not be considering long-term concerns. But don’t forget to take these important steps to ensure your family will be safe in your new home.

1: Look into local crime info

Even the best Jacksonville neighborhoods have some crime. Understanding the types and frequency can help you make smart choices about your family’s safety. CrimeReports.com provides interactive maps of violent and property crimes reported to local law enforcement. You should also check out City-Data.com’s registered sex offender listings to know if people with dangerous histories live nearby, especially if you have kids.

2: Activate your security system or have one installed

If you bought a brand new house, there’s a good chance the builder pre-wired it for an alarm system. It won’t be live from day one though, you’ll need to call the alarm service provider and have a technician come out to activate the system. Studies prove the presence of a security system is the best deterrent to burglars. With that in mind, if your house isn’t pre-wired, it’s a smart idea to find an experienced Jacksonville home security company and have an alarm system installed.

3: Invest in fire safety

350,000 homes catch fire in this country every year, but taking a few simple steps can help protect your family and property. Smoke detectors should be installed in every room and fire extinguishers placed throughout the house. Teach your family what to do in the event of a fire and practice often. To be effective, your home fire escape plan has to become second nature. If you have a home security system, fire monitoring may be included, but don’t assume – ask.

4: Make your house visually unappealing to crooks

Criminals like easy targets, so make sure your house looks more challenging than your neighbors’. Install motion-sensing lights around the property, especially near doors and other entryways, and keep bushes trimmed so burglars can’t hide from view while forcing their way inside. “Protected by” home security yard signs are another proven way for keeping criminals at bay.

5: Start a conversation with your HOA

A quality homeowners association can be a great pipeline to connect with your neighbors. Odds are, they share similar security concerns with you. Schedule regular gatherings to discuss any recent crimes and talk about community security needs. Your HOA can do a lot to improve neighborhood security by making smart lighting and landscaping choices and sharing information in a timely manner.

By following these tips, you can enjoy peace of mind in your new home.
 

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