Last week, we shared tips for boosting your home’s security during the holidays. Now, during the final two weeks of 2017, we’re sharing home security resolutions for the New Year. Here’s how to make 2018 your year for a safer, more secure home.
The holidays are a time for family and friends, for joy and generosity. It’s also a sad truth that home burglaries spike around the holiday season. Here’s how you can keep your home safe and secure over the holidays and into the New Year.
Your local hardware store or big box chain probably has a decent selection of door locks. And if you’re moving into a new home or replacing a broken or damaged door lock, you’re probably in the market for something new. But can you be sure that you’re installing safe, secure door locks if you buy them from the closest hardware or box store? The truth is, you can’t. Here’s the trouble with mass-produced door locks.
Statistics vary, but it’s estimated that a residential burglary happens in the United States about once every 15 seconds. That’s a sobering number, and it’s why home security systems are so popular. But before you call the closest home security company, try these three ways to boost home security and deter burglars.
Using the same key for all of your door locks may seem like a smart move. It’s certainly practical, but there are pros and cons to this arrangement. If you’re considering using the same lock on all the doors in your home or office, here’s what you should know first.
Let’s say you lose your house keys, and no matter how much you search, they’re really gone for good. If you lose your house keys, should you replace your residential locks, just to be safe?
Every time our technicians rekey a home, they offer our clients a free security inspection. It’s a service we offer to educate people on their current home security. During the inspection, our technicians point out how specific areas in the home can be made more secure. One of the most common areas for home security improvement is sliding glass windows and doors. But there is a simple fix.
The other day, a young lady called me requesting new keys for her car. Her purse, including her keys, had been stolen right from her porch the previous night. When I arrived, I asked if her house keys had been stolen as well, and she replied that yes, they had. I pointed out that this meant the burglars now had access to her house and could come back at any time to break in. This hadn’t even occurred to her. So I ended up re-keying her entire house and making new keys for her house and car. My point is that, if you find yourself in a similar situation as this young lady, it is easy to overlook some crucial details that might…
One evening I received a call from a young couple in Spanish Springs who was concerned someone has attempted to break into their home through their backyard. When I arrived I analyzed what they were doing to keep the exterior of their home safe. They had a “beware dog” sign on the fence and no lock on their gate leading into their backyard. The back door leading to the garage also did not have a deadbolt. I informed them that burglars will drive through neighborhoods and look to see which homes do not have padlocks on their fences and gates. They were pleased to learn some of the facts that deter criminals and burglars from targeting homes.
One morning I received a call from an elderly homeowner in Northwest Reno who was requesting to have her house re-keyed. Upon arriving to her home I realized that the night prior, her home was broken into and burglarized. I went through all the basic checkmarks with her to make sure her home would be safe and secure after this traumatic experience. I asked her if she had any spare keys around the house. She did, and they were missing. Now the burglars not only had her house keys, but the spare keys to her car as well. I suggested she also change the locks and re-key the car.