As a homeowner, keeping your property secure and protecting your belongings is important, and even more important is keeping your family safe from harm. The vast array of preinstalled locking mechanisms and security systems can be questionable, potentially giving homeowners a false sense of security. In fact many homes especially newer homes have a number of security flaws that can make them susceptible to theft. The knowledgeable experts at First Lock & Security Technologies have provided the following checklist to help you evaluate your current system and determine which areas can be improved upon to keep your property secure and safe from break-ins.
Garage Door Window Security
Windows may let in light but they can also allow a burglar to easily enter your garage and steal your possessions, possibly even your vehicles. If your pedestrian garage door has a window, you may want to consider reinforcing it with Lexan or replacing the entire door with a solid one especially if your garage door is hidden from the street.
How to Secure a Dog Pet Door from Intruders
Pet doors are a very convenient way for your pets to take themselves inside and out but they can also be used by thieves to gain access into your home. If you enjoy the convenience of your pet door one option is to install a locking mechanism that can be used to secure the door when you are away from the house, another option is to install an electronic pet door that can be activated by a microchip, a small device that is implanted between your dog’s shoulder blades.
Where Not to Hide a Spare Key
Hiding a house key may be convenient when you get locked out but it’s also a way for thieves to gain access to your property. Burglars are all too aware of the common hiding places used by homeowners including under the door mat, in a pot plant etc. Instead of leaving a key out for the taking, have our technicians install a keyless lock , or give a key to a trusted friend or neighbor for safe keeping until you need it.
Importance of Outdoor Security Lights
One of the easiest ways to increase security around your home is to install outdoor lighting. Motion activated lights are your first line of defense when it comes to upgrading your security and will quickly deter would be thieves from approaching your property.
Inspect Your Locks
Inspect your window and door locks on a regular basis to make sure they are fully operation and functioning correctly. If you are concerned that your locks are not functioning properly, contact your First Lock & Technologies expert for advice on replacing them with a superior product that can help prevent break-ins and keep your home secure.
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The experts at First Lock & Security Technologies understand that your home is one of the biggest investments that you will make during your lifetime. Contact us today to learn more about our residential locksmith and security services.