Our homes are probably the most treasured places in our lives. They’re where we keep memories, go to relax and feel safe at the end of a hard day. They give us peace of mind and any violation by a burglar not only takes away the valuables but also the feeling of peace that comes with them.
Locks are the most basic and most obvious security installation, but most of us know zilch about them. Which one is the most secure? Which one do you use for the front door? Should you duplicate the keys? Do you remake the key or replace the locks…. Not many people (and unfortunately some locksmiths) can give you right answers for this but here are a few pointers to guide you.
1. First things first – Get a good locksmith. Locksmiths are everywhere but getting a good locksmith isn’t a guarantee. A good locksmith should be able to make an assessment of your home and make recommendations on the best locks for the home depending on your neighborhood and house plan. A good locksmith is up to date with security systems and tricks that burglars use to get into your home. For example, doors close to windows or with glass panels need more than a thumb-turn deadbolt to keep your home safe. They will also advise you on the best places to put your safes and locks to use on the doors of your home. He’ll also ensure that the locks are properly fitted and are in good condition. Poorly fitted locks can make your insurance claims to invalid In the case of a burglary, so it’s important to get the job done right. Get a licensed locksmith if possible as they are more likely to do a good job.
2. The 2nd step is getting the right lock for your different doors. The main doors require a different lock from that needed for your kitchen and bathroom doors. The main doors will need a more sophisticated lock system that is tamper proof since most burglars enter through the front door. A properly installed double cylinder deadbolt lock is best for main/entry doors as it’s harder to breach and requires a key to open from either side. Your kid’s bedroom will need a simple lock or no lock at all depending on their age. This allows you easy access In the case of an emergency.
3. Replace your keys and locks. This is especially important if the place had previous owners. They may have a duplicate key that they may have access to your house. Replacing the lock is always a good idea, and it’s as easy as throwing away the old one for a new one. Just make sure you replace the old lock with a good quality one. Re-keying the locks is of particular importance if the lock covers look good, are rare or are vintage. Thus maintaining the outer facet while replacing the locking mechanism and keys becomes a good option.
4. Watch yourself. Your habits matter just as much as your lock does. Your home’s security starts with you. Simple things such as not leaving the keys in the locks, locking the doors behind you at all times or leaving keys on window seals go a long way to protecting your home. Always make sure that the door locks even when it has an automatic lock. Getting a spare key for your family members is also a better idea that hiding a common key in a vase or under a mat. Alternatively, you can leave the key with a trusted neighbor or friend. Burglars often study their target before committing a crime, and these spots make it easy for them.
5. Secure your backyard. Adding simple deterrents will keep away burglars. Additional lighting creates the impression of surveillance and keeps intruders away. Adding blinking lights, dummy detectors or motion, detecting lights are simple and profitable solutions to securing your home. Adding flower pots around the house or planting a hedge WiFi also work by creating obstacles for those trying to observe or access you home.
Observing these basic rules will keep your home safe. Remember to review your home security every 6 months or so. Look out foraging locks, loose hinges or anything that looks suspicious. Get help from a pro whenever you are not sure or after there has been an attempted burglary.