Despite the fact that Americans are moving and relocating at historic lows, the latest US Census Bureau data suggests roughly 40 million people, or 14% of all people, move each year within the United States.
Along with the challenges of moving for both those buying and selling homes, moving a household can create security problems for the people next door. Let’s look at a few security risks you may face and what you can do about them:
What Should You Do When People Are Coming And Going?
You may see a lot of new faces around the neighborhood during this period, including:
- Moving companies
- Realtors and home owners giving a tour of a home
- Potential home buyers
- Strangers hanging out in the area
Many of these people will have a legitimate reason to be there. However, moving is also a prime opportunity for thieves to scope out an easy place to hit.
The solution? Knowing your new (and existing) neighbors is part of building a safer neighborhood. It’s a good idea if your neighbor can give you a schedule of when movers or buyers may come by.
How Should You Handle Unoccupied Property?
If your neighbors move before the house sells or if a buyer falls through, that property may be unoccupied for some time. This can create several problems for you. Unoccupied properties are at a higher chance of developing termites or catching fire since no one is there to monitor the situation. They may even attract undesirable elements like squatters.
The solution? Keep a close eye on the situation and give your former neighbors, the realtor, or emergency services a call if you notice any trouble.
Smart Safety Measures
Whether your neighbors move or not, there are some universally smart safety measures you can take to protect the home:
- Use automatic timers for house lights, available with our home automation solution
- Schedule updates to be sent to your phone
- When traveling, have your lawn maintained and mail held
- Install motion detectors and window/door sensors
The solution? Ensure that your neighbors have a security system installed in all homes, even vacant ones.
Security On Your Side Of The Fence
At AMSA Security, we know that nothing is more important than your family’s safety. We stay at the cutting edge of security technology and will use every tool available to protect your home and property. We offer everything from home automation to wireless security systems and personalized security monitoring services. Contact us today to learn more about our Move Program.