As with any city, living in Nashville comes with a lot of rewards, but there’s also some risk as well. Consider securing your new home by installing these security measures:

Things I Think Are Must Have Security Measures (I strongly suggest these - pretty please)

1.Rekey all of your door locks. You never know who still has a key to your new home. Better to be safe than sorry and have a locksmith rekey the existing locks on all of your exterior doors. This is a MUST for all buyers. My recommended locksmith is Hosse and Hosse 615-226-2420. They can rekey all of the exterior locks so you only have one key, which opens all of your exterior doors. I recommend having at least one deadbolt on all exterior doors. I highly recommend having this done the day you move in or the day after to be safe. I have personally used this company and have been very pleased with their service – let me know what you think!

2.Install an alarm system. My favorite alarm company in Nashville is NCA. They offer no frills monitoring, are reliable and reasonably priced. I’ve been using them in my own home for 8 years with great success. If you are installing a new system, plan to spend $100 – $300 on installation depending on if you want motion sensors, door windows, glass break alarms, etc. It can take a week or more to get an appointment so I recommend calling now and setting up the appointment for the day of or the day after closing. Remember, statistics say that you are most likely to get broken into the first week you’re in a new home. Thieves look for people moving in as they know the are generally easier to burglarize, as they don’t have many safety features set up yet.

3.Put a peep hole in your front door if it doesn’t already have one. This isn’t hard to do and can typically be installed by a handyman.

4.If you have a sliding glass door, buy a thick wooden dowel and keep it in the door track on the floor when the door isn’t open. I also recommend adding a jimmy plate and an auxiliary lock to any patio doors.

Things I Strongly Recommend But Are At Your Discretion

1.Install Strikmaster on each of your exterior doors. These simple devices highly effective at preventing your front door from being kicked in, even if you live in a condo building. These items are simple to install with a drill. To me, this is a must have for single family homeowners and are a product I have personally installed on all of my exterior doors. These things can be purchased locally at a home improvement store or on amaon.com

2.Consider installing a Night Lock on back or side doors you won’t use every day. They are highly effective at preventing someone from breaking in. These are must haves in single-family home basement and back doors.

3.If you have any glass in your front door or windows at or below ground level, I recommend installing Shatter Safe on your windows. It’s a clear plastic film that covers the inside of your window (you can’t even tell it’s there) and makes it virtually impossible to break the glass and enter the home.

4.If you’re buying a single family home, add a dusk to dawn light over all exterior doors and consider a motion detector on the gangway or garage area. Just search for Dusk to Dawn lights on Home Depot.

5.If you are buying a single family home with a garage and the garage has a window, consider putting a curtain over the window or change the window to frosted or glass block so potential burglars can’t see inside your garage. Definitely add Shatter Safe to your garage window, as it’s a prime spot for a break in.

I strongly urge you to consider doing the above items as soon as you move in. Criminals are known to watch new people moving in to see what kinds of valuables you’re bringing into the home such as TVs, computers, etc. and then rob you shortly after moving in. Please also be mindful of the trash that you leave outside your home. New large screen television boxes, new appliances, etc. are a dead giveaway to a potential thief. Stay safe in your new Nashville home!

Questions? Call me at 615-418-0563 or nick@basenashville.com