Moving House?

MOVING HOUSE

Moving house can be an exciting time and we hope you enjoy your new home. However, when you prepare to move home there is so much to think about to make sure everything goes well. Burglars know this and may be on the lookout for a chance to commit a crime. Follow this advice to keep your home and belongings secure. Whether you are renting or buying, your chances of being burgled are higher when you move home. The risk is even greater if you are renting. However, there are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk.

Before the Move

Using tradespeople:
Check that you can trust your estate agent, removers and other tradespeople, and that they are a member of a professional organisation or association. Take notice of personal references.

Take care with your keys:
If you need to pass your keys to other people, make sure that you can trust the person and ask them to return the keys as soon as they have finished with them. Do not hand out more sets of keys than you need to.

Advice from your estate agent:
If you are out a lot and a 'for sale' board has been recommended, ask your estate agent to be careful about the details they give out about you, your work, your security arrangements and the layout of your home.

Insurance cover:
Make sure that your home contents insurance cover will transfer to your new home, and remember to update your motor registration and insurance details.

Entry to your home:
Only allow someone to look at your home if they have made an appointment with the estate agent. If strangers appear without an appointment and ask to look at your home, do not let them in. Suggest that they contact the estate agent first.

Dealing with rubbish:
When you prepare to move home, you may decide to throw away more things than usual. Be careful about leaving large piles of rubbish or packed bins outside your home for too long.

Packing your belongings:
Take care if you collect lots of boxes from local shops a burglar may see this as a sign that you are moving soon. Think about using large plastic bags for lighter items. Think about leaving small valuable items, like jewellery, at the bank.

Moving Day

Keep your belongings secure:
Try to get your friends and neighbours to keep an eye on your home or belongings, or to help out on the day of the move. Keep all doors locked (don't forget the garage, shed or patio doors) or keep an eye on them when they are not in use, such as when you take a tea break. Take special care with valuable items such as televisions or videos.

Small children and animals:
Think about arranging for them to be looked after on the day that you move.

The removal van:
Make sure that your removers can secure their van and stop it from being stolen when it is left alone. Ask the removers to take care that the door used for loading the van is not left unguarded or unlocked when it is not being used.

After the Move

Neighbourhood Watch:
Most new neighbours are friendly, welcoming and helpful. Get to know them as soon as possible and think about joining your local Neighbourhood Watch. Your local police Community Contact Officer can give you advice on how to do this or you can find out more by visiting the Constabulary's online guide to Neighbourhood Watch or www.neighbourhoodwatch.net or click on the Neighbourhood Watch pages on this site.

New belongings:
Take care when leaving empty boxes outside your home they can give away details of new and valuable equipment, which may be worth stealing.

Marking belongings:
If your belongings are marked with a postcode, make sure that you change it to the new postcode. Keep your own list of these items.

Making it secure:
You may want to think about changing the locks or fitting key-operated locks to windows. Discuss this with your insurance company, housing officer, police community safety officer or the person you are renting your home from.

Mark it with your postcode:
Think about marking your valuable belongings with your postcode, followed by your home number or the first two letters of the name of your home. This can help the police return them to you if they are stolen and found. Use the right security marker pen, which you can get from do-it-yourself shops. Ask your local community safety officer about any 'postcoded property' warning stickers that you can put in your windows. Think about taking photos of your valuable items. This may be helpful for items that are not suitable to be marked with your postcode.

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