Locksmith Tips & Advice Center
The way to ensure the security of your home is to consult a professional locksmith. They have years of experience in manufacturing and repairing locks, and will provide the best advice available in the field. Here are a few interesting tips and tricks from a locksmith which will help you improve your home security. Whether you are a new homeowner or have been one for many years, it’s a good idea to refresh your memory and reconsider the importance of home security.
When you purchase a new house, always replace the locks or rekey them. This is because the previous owner may have a set of keys or may have given a set to the neighbors or other family members. You obviously don’t want strangers accessing your home so replacing the locks is essential. If you cannot afford to replace the locks, a cheaper and faster alternative is to rekey them (make a new key which opens the same lock).
Correctly install deadbolts. If a deadbolt is not installed correctly, it will compromise your home security. Make sure a locksmith checks all your locks because many contractors often make mistakes with installing deadbolts.
If there is a window next to a deadbolt lock, keep in mind that a burglar could easily break in through the window and unlock the deadbolt. To prevent this from happening, use a double cylinder deadbolt lock that can only be opened with a key from both sides.
When hiring a locksmith, take your time and keep an eye out for scams. Many pretend to be locksmiths and make a quick buck by charging you much more than how much the service is worth. Do your research and find a trustworthy, experienced and reliable locksmith; don’t just call up the first person you come across.
The doors to your house or cabinet should be strong, made of either good wood or good steel. A door made with low quality material can be easily broken with just a kick. A good lock will only work if the door is good too.
Don’t hide a spare key under the mat or in any other common hiding places, like pots, plants, doormats, rocks and mailboxes within 10 feet of your home. Choose a spot about 15-20 feet apart from the main door and make sure the location is unusual and protective. In fact a better option is to give your spare key to a loyal neighbor or a friend who lives close by.
Hopefully you have learned a thing or two with these tips and tricks. Share them with friends, family and other homeowners and you just might end up saving a home from being robbed!