5 Ways Your Home Security Probably Isn’t Up to Snuff

Many of the upgrades we make to our homes are designed to boost curb appeal, home value or convenience. But some of these features are the kind of thing home invaders can use to their advantage. Awareness is one of the best ways to take steps to protect your home, so read on for five ways your home security probably isn’t up to snuff. You Have a Hidden House Key A spare key over the door jamb, under the mat, in the nearby flower pot isn’t uncommon, but these common hiding areas are among the first places a burglar will check. Stashing a key nearby is driven by convenience, but it’s easier than you think to assess an area and…

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Pros & Cons of Keyless Door Locks

Keyless door locks are growing in popularity, and the convenience factor alone makes it easy to understand why. But are they just as secure as traditional deadbolts? In most cases, the bolts in both kinds of locks are basically the same. If you’re ready to learn more, here are the pros and cons of keyless door locks. Pros of Keyless Door Locks Versatility and convenience are the biggest selling features of keyless door locks. Codes are simple to change, and some locks include a feature that allows temporary codes with a designated time period for activation. That makes it easy to grant limited access to your home. Some keyless locks will automatically lock after the door has been closed, while…

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The Single Best Way to Improve Your Home’s Security

We’ve written before about a simple method of improving the security of your home’s sliding doors and windows. But can you guess the single best way to improve your home’s security? If you’re thinking a well-trained guard dog or a pricey home security system, think smaller. It’s a working, high-quality deadbolt – one you remember to use. Preventing Forced Entry In many home burglaries, intruders use force to get inside. Inadequate or poorly functioning deadbolts – or those simply not in use – can be bypassed with a strong shoulder or front kick to the door. FBI statistics from a few years ago reveal that of the 1.9 million burglaries in the United States, 59% included a forced entry. Even…

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You Need a Good Reno Locksmith – And It’s Not Because You’re Locked Out

Of all the mechanical devices in our homes, it’s probably our door locks that we both use and neglect the most. What sort of maintenance and care do you provide to your locks? If you’re like most people, the answer is little to none. And yet, you probably also expect those same locks to function well and do their job properly. That’s where a locksmith comes in. The truth is, you need a good locksmith here in Reno (or wherever you live), and it’s not because you’re locked out. General Lock Troubleshooting Sometimes, a lock that looks just fine has internal problems that can lead to failure. Some of the more common issues include: Deadbolts that don’t fully extend Uneven…

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How to Find a Good Locksmith Before You’re Locked Out

Locking yourself out of your own home is frustrating, but when you’re running late, it’s even more of a headache. If you’ve followed simple steps to make your home secure and you have no spare key, your options boil down to breaking something or calling a local locksmith. Here’s why it’s a smart idea to find a good locksmith before you get locked out. Avoid Price Gouging It’s, unfortunately, a common scenario for home or business owners to find a local locksmith online, have a price quoted over the phone, and then learn after the job is done that the price is actually much higher. It’s called price gouging, and according to a 2010 online poll, one quarter of respondents…

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