Buying a new home can be a very exciting event, but when you get the keys after closing it is important to do a few practical things to help keep your family safe and ensure that your home is secure. Most of these things are quite simple, but doing them can give you the peace of mind of knowing that you have made safety a top priority. If you're moving into a new home, make sure to do the following things.

Hire a Locksmith

You will be handed a set of keys when you close on your new house, but you have no way of knowing if those are the only sets of keys in existence. The previous owners could have given keys to friends, family members, and even service people, such as housekeepers. The only way of knowing that you possess the only keys for your new home is by having all of the locks re-keyed or changed entirely. An experienced locksmith will be able to help you decide if re-keying or changing the locks is your best option.

Don't forget to have your mailbox lock re-keyed as well in order to protect any mail with sensitive information that you may receive. 

Have a Home Security System Installed

Having a home security system is an excellent way to protect your family at night when everyone is sleeping and keep your home safe when the house is empty. It is in your best interest to get a monitored security system so law enforcement will be notified by the security system company if needed.

For extra security and safety, consider getting a home security system that also detects smoke-- if your house catches on fire and smoke is present, the fire department will be dispatched.

Secure Windows and Sliding Doors

Many people overlook the windows in their home, but it is very important to secure them. After moving into a new house, make sure you examine all of the windows-- if they are not equipped with heavy-duty window locks, go to a home improvement store and buy some. If you have a sliding glass exterior door, you should also secure it with a lock so an intruders can't pry the door open.

Install Motion Detector Lighting

Intruders typically tend to hide and lurk in the shadows in the evening. Installing motion detector lights around the perimeter of your property will ensure that the area will become illuminated if any motion is detected. This can serve as a deterrent to anyone who may try to break in to your house at night.