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How Secure Is Your Home?

August 6th, 2013 by Darci Rosenblum / Link to This

As a mom, I’m constantly playing the role of protector, doing my best to keep my kids out of harms’ way. But my everyday focus on preventing playground injuries and hurt feelings is just one aspect of family safety, making our home secure, is another.

In addition to my full-time job as mom, I own Pop-A-Lock Bay Area and wanted to share these helpful home security tips with you.

Did you know that it takes approximately 30 seconds to pick an average residential lock? Or that a home is broken into every 12 seconds, resulting in homeowners losing around $2,000 in personal property?

For those of you who are new to home ownership, did you know that the previous homeowner most likely gave at least 4 key copies to people not living in the home?

With the recent increase in break-in activity in many communities, we should all be aware of a few easy ways to protect our homes:

1.  Re-key your home.  This is the most basic security step.  Change your locks so you will be certain of who has keys to your home.

2.  Upgrade to a pick-resistant deadbolt.  Most residential locks can be picked.  Intruders can even purchase tools online to help them pick a lock!  Change your locks to a lock that cannot be picked under any circumstance.

3.  Install good outside lighting.  Most potential intruders will stay away from homes that are well lit.

4.  Keep landscaping trimmed around windows and install secondary locks on windows.  Don’t make it easy for an intruder to hide in the bushes and pry open windows.

5.  Use timers on lights.  This will make it look like someone is home whether you’re gone for a few hours or a few weeks.

6.  Don’t leave spare keys in an obvious place.  It is shocking how many intruders have used “hidden” keys to gain entry into homes.

By taking these preventative measures, you are doing your best to discourage criminals from targeting your home.

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