It’s a homeowner’s worst nightmare; you come home from a night at the movies to find your home ransacked and valuables gone. This is a reality for many homeowners who are not protected by a security system or proper security devices. Many may think their home is secure but come to find out that deadbolts, chain locks, window locks, etc. have failed them. The best way to protect your most valuable possessions is to become privy to the ways intruders get into your home and then make sure to be one step ahead of them.
One of the most common and overlooked way thieves break into the home is right through the front door; the most transparent point of entry. Who thinks for a minute that an invader would walk right up to the front door to break in? One reason is this is the place where most people hide their spare keys. Have you ever known someone to hide a key under the mat? Yes, it happens all the time. Burglars know this weakness and with a quick search, might find the easiest way possible into the home. The front door is often the most overlooked when remembering to lock and secure when you leave the house. It seems almost too obvious yet is still forgotten.
Another painfully obvious security shortcoming are windows. Any windows on the ground level of a house are at risk of becoming an easy way for intruders to get in. Often overlooked are the window latches that prevent the window from opening all the way. Older windows that do not have the latching mechanisms are usually more frail and easy to break glass or force the locks to yield. Just because these ground-level windows seem like they are too conspicuous, it only takes a seasoned thief seconds to find a way in undetected.
Other ways to break in might not be so obvious to the homeowner and therefore a primary target for burglars. Basements that connect to the main house are often overlooked or simply left open. Windows that are high up and/or next to climbable trees are another ambiguous soft spot. Garages that connect to the home is also a target point of entry for someone looking to get in.
There are a multitude of mistakes to be made when securing a home and always thieves waiting for the right opportunity. There are also ways to protect yourself. Locksmiths are a huge authority when it comes to protecting your home. After all, they are trained to help get into your home when the homeowner has locked themselves out. Utilizing them and learning the secrets to home security is key to finding the security your home needs.
A residence should always have the locks and tumblers changed upon move in. Yes, this seems painfully obvious however, it’s sometimes forgotten. A Locksmith’s specialty is replacing locks; make sure to utilize this! Having a Locksmith assess and repair any flawed or old locks every few years can be invaluable in maintaining a safe home. Just like the rest of the house, it weathers and becomes deficient after time. If the home has spring-locks, they should be replaced. A spring-lock are those that can be opened by use of slipping a credit card down the seam. A 1- inch throw deadbolt is what Locksmith’s recommend. The same goes for windows and window locks. Older wooden windows for instance should be replaced when they appear rotted or fracturable. The locks should be checked for functionality. Finally, a personal security monitoring system is always one of the most secure ways to secure a home. 24 hour monitoring is superior in creating the ultimate security assurance.