Home is where you should feel most secure. You unlock the door to your home, lock the door behind you and should feel at ease, but your locks may not be the best type of locks and could possibly leave you open to a home invasion. To help increase your security and make you feel more comfortable in your own home there are things you can do. Read on for tips.
Change The Locks When You Move In
If you've just moved into your home and received a key from your realtor, you may want to think about either having the lock re-keyed or having the locks changed altogether. The previous owner should have given all of their keys, but think about how many people you may give spare keys to your house to, then think about how many the previous owners may have given out as well. There may be quite a few people that have keys to your home and you don't even know it. Contact a locksmith to have a new lock installed, or to have the locks re-keyed.
Don't Leave Spare Keys Outside
It's tempting to leave a spare key outside in the event you get locked out of your home, but someone that wants to burglarize your home is going to look for these spare keys around your home. Don't leave keys under the doormat, or in a hidden rock (that very noticeably looks like a fake rock). If you think you need a spare key somewhere, leave it where someone would never think to look.
Don't Skimp On Your Locks
If you just have a lock that can be easily broken into, rethink the type of lock you're using. Some locks can be easily "bumped' by anyone. This means someone can very easily break into your home. Think about having numeric locks installed on your home, or having better locks installed by a professional locksmith. Don't forget about back doors or garage entrances as well. Someone looking to burglarize your home isn't always going to go to the front door, they'll use a door that isn't as obvious from the road.
- Don't invite burglars to your home by putting packaging from expensive purchases out at the curb. Wait until the day of garbage day to dispose of this packaging.
- Don't leave notes for your neighbors or family members while you're away - this tells others that you aren't home.
- Have a trusted neighbor watch your home while you're away or have someone stay at your home while you're out of town.
You should feel at ease whether you're at home or whenever you're away from your home. Call a professional locksmith, such as Bob's Lock & Key, to help increase security in your home.