The holiday season is fast approaching and now more than ever is the time to make sure that your home is secure against the threat of thief’s and burglars. The locking mechanisms on your doors, windows and garage are your first line of defense when it comes to protecting your home from a break in. The knowledgeable experts at First Lock & Security Technologies have provided the following security tips to help you protect your home and keep your family and belongings safe and secure.
How to Protect Your House from Break-Ins this Fall
The fall season brings cooler weather and less daylight hours giving potential intruders ample opportunities to hide under the cover of darkness and stake out your property looking for signs of weakness. One of the first things that you will need to do to keep your property safe is to make sure that your security lights and security system (if you have one) are in proper working order. Gates and outbuildings also need to be secured along with your garage doors and windows. It is not uncommon for intruders to carry special tools to access entry points; so there is no better time than the present to upgrade your exterior locks.
Test that Door Locks are Working
Make sure that your locks are operating correctly; areas of weakness include misaligned and broken pins, and deadbolts that do not fully extend into the plate. Gaining access to your property with a credit card is one of the oldest tricks in the book and if your deadbolt is compromised and does not fully extend it can be easily breached. Additionally reinforced security strikes with 3 inch screws should be installed underneath the existing strike plate.
Know Who has a Copy of Your House Keys
If you are unable to account for all of the copies of your keys it is a good idea to start over and get your locks re-keyed. This is the first step to taking back control and protecting your property. Once your locks have been rekeyed, keep them secure by following these easy steps: Never leave your keys in plain sight in public and never leave keys with vendors if you don’t have to. For example, if you are getting your car cleaned or serviced remove your car key rather than handing over the whole set. Always keep spare keys out of sight in a secure location.
Secure Garage Door Opener Remote
When running errands or comminuting to and from work, be sure to keep your garage door remote in a secure location. Car thieves can break into your car, steal your cars registration which contains your address, and take your garage door remote which gives them easy access to your home. This is one just one of the many reasons why keeping the door from the garage leading into your home locked before you leave is especially important when it comes to protecting your home.
How to Keep an Entry Door from Being Kicked In
Making sure that your locks are in proper working order, and keeping track of your keys and garage door openers are paramount to keeping your home protected but you will also need to make sure that you protect your property from forced entry. The most common method of forced entry is for a potential intruder to kick in the door. Unfortunately, your homes construction can make this relatively easy especially if the hardware attached to your door is not properly anchored. That being said, there is a simple solution to this common problem. A door reinforcement kit will provide the protection you need by reinforcing your door jamb, door edge, and your door hinges to keep your home secure.