When we moved here a few weeks ago the first thing I had done was replacement of all of the locks on the house. This included the padlocks on the outbuildings. We were not going to spend a night in the house without doing that first. The second thing I had done before moving was have the montgomery village adt company that did the alarm at our apartment come out and install a system at our new house.
It is just smart to replace the locks when you move into a new place. Even if you completely trust the seller, do you know how many keys they have handed out over the years? Do they still have the same locks as the people who lived there before them? Since it is a variable that is not entirely knowable, the best course of action is to replace all the locks. I used a licensed and bonded locksmith company that has been in business for generations. I also called the company who put in our alarm system at our apartment to come out and put one in our new house. We did all this before spending the first night in our new home.
Why? Because it is just the smart thing to do. We were not expecting any thieves to break in, but the alarm system would give early warning if an attempt was made. Also, the system protects against fire and carbon monoxide. If smoke or CO gas would incapacitate us, the monitoring agency would immediately dispatch help once the alarm went off. Home security systems have a big potential to save lives.
Most people get alarm systems that are monitored because of concerns over burglary. However, I would reason that probably most of the systems have a higher potential of saving more lives due to the smoke, fire and CO gas protection they offer. I am responsible for doing what I can to keep my family safe, and I take the responsibility seriously.