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How to Protect Against Theft When Moving

There are a lot of things to stay on top of when you are moving, but one of the biggest concerns is security. With identity theft on the rise and scams prevalent, it’s more important than ever to do your due diligence. There are a lot of things to stay on top of when you are moving, but one of the biggest concerns is security. With identity theft on the rise and scams prevalent, it’s more important than ever to do your due diligence and take smart steps to make sure both you and your items remain secure during your move.

Here are some crucial security tips to follow when moving so you can have the peace of mind that everything will go smoothly.

Security Tips for Moving

Choose a reputable moving company

To have a safe move, it’s imperative that you’re able to trust the people handling it. Before you settle on a moving company, do your research. Look at reviews, get recommendations, interview potential companies, and make sure they are properly licensed and registered. Doing your due diligence will prevent you from getting scammed, as there are plenty of fake moving companies out there. Always get a contract and look out for any red flags, like unusually large deposit requirements and unmarked trucks.

Inventory your belongings

Creating an inventory of your belongings when you are packing has many benefits, such as making unpacking easier (you’ll know where to find whatever you need without having to dig through multiple boxes first) and knowing if anything has gone missing. Should you lose anything, you’ll be able to pinpoint exactly what box it was in. If you never packed it in the first place and it was lost before the move, you’ll know that, too.

Transfer valuables and personal documents in your vehicle

You should always transfer valuables and sensitive documents in your own vehicle rather than the moving truck. Not only are they safest from damages that way, but you’ll also retain full control over them. It’s better to have the peace of mind knowing these important items are with you at all times.

Designate a secure space

On moving day, designate a secure spot in the new home where you will store your valuables during the move. Make sure no one can see in it from outside and that you can lock it. Since so many people will be coming in and out of your home on moving day, having this secure space will give you the confidence that your most valuable items are safe.

Protect important documents and digital information

Before moving day, shred any sensitive documents you no longer need and secure the rest. It’s also important to make sure passwords for your electronics aren’t easily accessed and the electronics themselves are secure. You never know if a neighbor or someone you’ve hired could get access to your devices while you’re busy and gain control of important information.

Notify important businesses and forward your mail

At least a week or two before moving day, notify important businesses such as banks, credit cards, medical facilities, schools, and your place of work of your new address and moving day so they don’t inadvertently send sensitive documents to your old home after you’ve relocated. Also, set up a forwarding address to catch anything that doesn’t go to the new location in time.

Be aware of payment methods

If a moving company requires cash only, that is another red flag. Any reputable moving company will give you multiple payment options. Opting for a method that has a paper trail, such as a credit card or cashier’s check, gives you extra security because there is evidence of the exchange of money so it cannot be disputed later.

Install your security system ahead of the move

This is especially important if you are not moving into your new home right away but will be bringing some of your items over ahead of time. Get your home security system installed ahead of any belongings being brought over so you’ll know if anyone tries to trespass.

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