Top Home Security Tips To Put Into Practice Now

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If you believe your home could benefit from more or better security measures, these next few tips should help you out. Since close to 35% of burglars use the front door to break into a home, and 23% sneak in through a first-floor window, these are the first places you should start enhancing the security of.

Did you know that according to FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics, one American home falls victim to a burglary every 13 seconds? As if that wasn't enough, 66% of all yearly burglaries are home break-ins. And the police only manages to solve around 13% of all reported cases of burglary. Future predictions are not looking any better either. It would appear that, at this pace, 3 out of 4 homes in the United States will be broken into in the next two decades. Identity theft is also on the rise in the US and other parts of the world.

Tip #1: Upgrade (All) Your Locks

Burglars are primarily focused on finding properties that are easy to break into. Locks that look complicated to pick usually incur the risk of getting caught in the act. Sturdy locks are therefore excellent deterrents for potential intruders who will most likely move on to their next victim.

  • If you cannot remember when was the last time you had your home locks properly inspected, you are highly advised to fix that.

  • You can either watch an online tutorial and learn how to install a lock on your own or call a professional home locksmith in your area.

  • If your exterior doors do not have any deadbolt locks installed, install single or double-cylinder deadbolt locks.

  • Fit the right type of locks on your sliding patio doors or pet doors. You could opt for keyed locks or twist-in action locks.

Tip #2: Fix/Re-key Your Locks

While a lock system upgrade is welcomed for those households that use outdated locks, you may also simply need to repair or re-key some locks that are still serving their purpose but need a few quick fixes.

Most homeowners have a hard time figuring out whether they should replace a lockset or have a lock re-keyed. This is usually a decision that an expert locksmith like the Get Locksmith team should have no problem making.

Schedule an appointment with a lock technician and have them assess the state of the locks you are worried about. They will let you know what is the best course of action and even provide you with instant solutions. Most locksmiths carry their toolboxes and new branded locks on them, so they should have no problem fixing a broken lock, removing the cylinder and changing the pins, or fitting a fresh new lock, if necessary.

Tip #3: Never Leave The Doors Unlocked

No matter if you need to run the shortest errand possible, never leave your home without properly securing all locks and windows. Smart lock systems that allow you to control your locks from a remote distance come in handy when you are forced to leave in a hurry. If you have classic locks, ask one of your trusty neighbors to check if all doors are locked.

Tip #4: Make Your Home Look Occupied

Whether you are on a three-week vacation or doing night shifts at work, create the illusion that you are always home. Leave the lights turned on at night (use a random timer) and do not forget about the exterior, sensor lights as well.

Tip #5: Hide Your Wires

Phone lines and electrical wires should be kept away from burglars who might try to disarm your alarm by cutting the wires. You can either use clever electrical cord management systems or replace your wired alarm system with a modern, wireless alternative.

Tip #6: Fit A Home Alarm Systemhome alarm system

If you do not already have one installed, it is time to fix that. The prices have dropped significantly during recent years, and you should be able to find a great variety of options to fit your needs and budget. You can talk to a local home security company or get in touch with a residential lock technician and have them introduce you to monitored/unmonitored options. Don't forget to arm the alarm!

Tip #7: Secure The Garage Door

If your home is connected with your garage via a separate door, you have even more reasons to properly check and strengthen security on it. Always leave your car parked in the garage to make burglars think you are home. Garage door bolt lock, security rims, door handle conversion kits and handle protectors are all potential solutions for your garage.

Tip #8: Use Key Lock Boxes

Avoid keeping your spare keys in the mailbox or under a potted plant. Consider installing a key lockbox similar to the ones used by real estate agents. These locks rely on combination locks, that will make potential burglars' job even more difficult. The keys will come extremely in handy in case you ever find yourself in need of a backup key.

Tip #9: Use A Decoy Safe

Fool criminals with the help of decoy safes – it doesn't have to be pricey and it will usually do a good job at throwing potential intruders off. Place the decoy safe somewhere easily visible and you may be lucky enough to get away with no stolen goods, other than the decoy safe.

For more information and tips, or for help with any lock-related need, contact Get-Locksmith today!