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Why Is It Important To Have A Good Lock?

Even with the most advanced home security system, your home will not be fully complete if you don’t have proper locks for your doors and windows. A good lock is a fantastic first step to making sure the bad guys can’t get into your home. By making it difficult for a thief to get into your home they will likely move on to an easier target.

Here are some tips on how to maximize your security by using the right locks:

Have secure front door locks.  The door should have deadbolts in addition to keyed door locksets. Look for deadbolts with a 1-inch (2.5cm) throw bolt and an interlocking frame. Don’t choose a dual-cylinder device – the kind with a key for both sides. These can trap your family inside in the event of a house fire. If you have one now, replace it.

Consider also installing deadbolts on the door from the garage into your home. If your door has a window, secure it with a decorative grille that has no removable screws. This is especially important if the window or glass is within an arm’s length of the door handle, which could allow an intruder to break the glass in the window and reach inside to let himself in. We’ve all heard stories about how a burglar has broken glass by the front door and then simply opened the front door’s lock and then simply walked right into a home.

Cover the window with a curtain or shade to keep prying eyes out. Always draw all the shades or close the blinds at night to prevent intruders from looking inside to determine what you are doing, whether you are alone – or whether anyone is home.

Install a peephole in your doors. A peephole let’s you see who’s at your door without opening it. Once you open a door, you allow the person on the other side to gain entrance into your house. Even just opening the door a bit, can equal them busting through and into your home. If you don’t already have a peephole in your front door, a professional can easily install one. Choose the type with a fish-eye lens. Its wide-angle view allows you to see almost everything – and everyone – on your doorstep before you throw open that deadbolt and the front door. Make sure your porch light is at least 40 watts to properly illuminate nighttime visitors. Secure gate latches and garage and shed doors with sturdy padlocks that are designed to withstand rain and freezing temperatures.

Remember that having good locks for your home is incredibly valuable, but locks alone don’t protect you to the same degree as locks with a home security system. A home alarm will help add an additional level of protection. And not all home alarms are created equal, so do your homework and get the best system at your budget level.

A Few Helpful Security Tips

Remember the “good old days” when home security wasn’t a concern. Doors were left unlocked and if they had to be locked, a spare key was hidden under the doormat or plant pot.  Kids played outside without any thoughts of dangers beyond them scraping their knees. Break-in’s were few and far between.

My how things have changed.

Well the truth is, back then there were indeed the security risks all around us, we as a culture though were just less aware. Now we know what to look out for, and by having this information we can protect ourselves.

Whether we want to protect a house, apartment, or even a cottage – here a few suggestions for things to keep in mind when it comes to security.

Locks and keys

Homeowners should have a deadbolt on all exteriors doors. If the locks have not been changed since you moved in, you may want to think about getting the locks re-keyed, as the previous owners may still have access.

Door viewers

Make sure you can see who is at your door before you open it. Door viewers or installation of peepholes can help you to identify visitors.

Patio doors

Check to see if these doors slide or swing open. Make sure that if they slide, they can’t be easily “popped” out of the track.

Lighting

Timers are great to ensure that lights are on or off when you choose, whether you are home or not. If your home is dark and vacant looking when you are away, you could be putting your home at risk.

New security products

There are always new security products being introduced to the market, such as a new digital door viewer that can actually take a picture of the person outside your door, as soon as they ring the bell, regardless if you are home or not. And if you are home, you can view your entranceways with a 3.5” LCD screen inside.

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