To enjoy a happy and comfortable family life, you must ensure the security of your home and the safety of your loved ones. It is crucial that you keep your home protected from burglaries and other criminal invasions. Home security demands a well-planned and successful adoption of effective security measures. Below, First Lock & Security Technologies outlines some of the most common home security threats to consider when designing your home security strategy.
Are Locked Doors a Deterrent for Burglars?
Many home owners are worried about unauthorized entry into their home. There is often a concern regarding how easy locks are to pick, but that is not the initial way a burglar will typically attempt to gain entry into your home. Criminals most often simply check to see if the doors or windows are unlocked. During the day when people are at work or out running errands, burglars sometimes pose as door to door salesmen to commit their burglaries. Burglars will knock on the door and/or ring the doorbell to check if anyone responds or a dog starts barking. If there is no reaction, they then attempt to turn the door knob. If the door is unlocked, they walk right in. Intruders tend to take the path of least resistance, so it is important to always lock your doors!
Do Burglars Break in Front or Back?
As mentioned above, criminals first check to see if the front door is unlocked. When it is locked, the burglar will likely try to force their way in. This will always be an attempt to gain entry and get the door closed behind them as quickly as possible. Often the criminal will try to pry or kick the door in, which is surprisingly easy to do in most homes. First Lock & Security Technologies recommends replacing the standard screws for the strike plate with longer 3-inch screws to reinforce the door frame.
What are the Dangers of Losing Your House Keys?
The whereabouts of every key copy to your home should be known. If your house key is stolen or you lose a copy, you simply do not know who has it in their possession or when they could use it to gain entry into your home. You should also be aware that when you entrust someone with a spare key to your home, there is always a possibility that they made more copies before they returned it to you. In addition to family and friends, you should also consider other people that may have had a copy of your house key such as past home owners and tenants (if you didn’t change the locks), home improvement contractors, nannies and dog sitters to name a few. Even if you believe you can account for all copies of your house keys, it is a good idea to rekey them regularly.
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Now that you know common home security concerns, it is time to make sure you are protected. Contemplate how someone might attempt to breach your property, and take the necessary steps to ensure that nothing happens to you or the people you love. This may mean upgrading your home security. At First Lock & Security Technologies, our locksmith technicians are highly experienced in security evaluation and lock upgrades. Call us today to keep your home secure and your loved ones safe!