Home Security Tips
Our locksmiths take security seriously, that is why we've compiled a short list of what we consider to be the most relevant tips for locksmith home security, building security and business security. Invest and maintain reliable dead-bolt door locks and sturdy window latches.
Suggested "TO DO" tips to enhance your home security:
- Plan to "burglarize" yourself. You'll discover any weaknesses in your security system that may have previously escaped your notice.
- Lock up your home, even if you go out for a short time. Many burglars gain access through an unlocked door or window.
- Have all your locks rekeyed and install deadbolts, peepholes, and patio door bars when you move into a new house.
- Your home should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you're not home.
- Regular spring-latch knobset locks are easy prey for burglars who are "loading" experts. Loading is the method of slipping a plastic credit card against the latch tongue to depress it and unlock the door. Deadbolts reduce entry as they are less vulnerable, unless there is enough space between the door and its frame to allow an intruder to use power tools or a hacksaw.
- If you lose your keys, it is recommended to rekey all your locks.
- Don't leave notes for service people or family members on the door. These act as a welcome mat for a burglar.
- If the entrances to your home are dark, consider installing lighting with an infrared detector. Most thieves don't want to be observed trying to get in a door.
- Talk to your neighbors about any suspicious people or strange cars you notice lurking about.
- Bushes and shrubbery located near windows might shield a burglar from view and can be a major flaw in your home-protection plan.
- Ask for credentials from any salesperson who requests entry to your home. Ask that their ID be pushed under the door. Many professional burglars use this cover to check out homes. If you're doubtful, check with the person's office before letting him or her in.
- Do not list your full name on your mailbox, entryway, and/or in the telephone book. Use only your initials and your last name.
- If someone comes to your door asking to use the phone to call a mechanic or the police, keep the door locked and make the call yourself.
- Dogs are good deterrents to burglars. Even a small, noisy dog can be effective. Burglars do not like to have attention drawn to their presence.
- To help burglar-proof your home, install 1-inch throw deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
- A door with too much space between the door and the frame is an invitation for the burglar to use a jimmy. Reinforce the door with a panel of 3/4-inch plywood or a piece of sheet metal.
- If there are door hinges on the outside of your house, take down the door and reset the hinges inside. Otherwise all a thief has to do to gain entry to your home is knock out the hinge pin.
- You can burglar-proof your glass patio doors by installing a patio bar in the middle of the door.
- Install a 180-degree peephole so that you can inspect outside without opening your door.
- Protect your windows with one or more good locks, an alarm system, burglar-resistant glass, or many small panes instead of one large area of glass.
- When installing a window lock, drip some solder on the screw heads. It will stop a burglar from unscrewing the lock after cutting a small hole in the windowpane.
Home Security While You're Away:
Burglars always look for signs that a house is uninhabited -- and the longer the house is empty, the more vulnerable it becomes. Follow these tips for keeping your home secure while you're away:
- If your plans to be away from home have been publicized through a funeral, wedding, or similar newspaper notice, hire a house sitter. Burglars often read the newspapers to see who's planning to be away from home all day or for several days.
- Ask your neighbors or friends to pick up your mail and newspaper when you're on vacation so your absence won't be so evident.
- If you're going to be away from home for several days -- or even for just one day -- adjust your telephone ring to its lowest volume. An unanswered phone is a quick tip that your home is empty.
Garages present special challenges for security. Here are some tips for keeping your garage secure.
- Frost or cover your garage windows so burglars won't be able to tell if your car is gone.
- Keep your garage door closed and locked even when your car is not in the garage.
- Install a peephole in the door separating the house from the garage. If you hear suspicious sounds, you can check without opening the door.
- Are you worried about someone entering your house through your attached garage? If the garage door lifts on a track, a C-clamp can provide extra security since the door cannot be opened if you tighten the C-clamp on the track next to the roller.