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Keeping your Home Safe through Effective Locks

Today it is more important than ever that you take the time to be sure your home and property are safely locked and secured. In less time than you know it your home or business could become a statistic. Reports indicate that approximately every 14 seconds a home is burglarized in the United States. In addition to the loss of goods and valuables, there is also the potential risk of damage to your property and of course, the fact the you or someone you love could be harmed in the process. The FBI indicates that in at least 60% of home invasions, an occupant is at home when the burglary occurs. Obviously, this is a serious concern.

So, what can you do to avoid becoming one of these statistics? There is quite a lot you can do, actually, and one of the most important steps you can take is to set up an appointment with your local locksmith.

Quite surprisingly, many people fail to lock their front doors or rely on the belief that the lock on their front door is adequate to keep would-be burglars out. In far too many cases, people tend to leave their doors unlocked simply because they will only be gone for fifteen minutes or less and think nothing bad could happen in that short amount of time. According to statistics we know now; however, that it can take far less time than that far someone to slip into your home and create all kinds of problems.

You might be surprised to learn that an extremely large majority of home burglaries actually occur during daylight hours through a front door that was unlocked. Burglars tend to be quite lazy and if your home is unlocked or has a lock that is extremely easy to get past, it’s your home that is more likely to be hit the next time a burglar starts cruising through your neighborhood.

Even though none of us want to consider the possibility that our home could be a target it is imperative that we give some thought and consideration to techniques that can be used to deter burglars. For most homeowners there is actually a 75% chance that their home will be broken into at least once during their lifetime.

A good locksmith can reduce that chance of a break-in; however. As we now know, most burglars are lazy. They won’t go to the trouble of breaking into your home if it looks as though it would be too difficult-they’ll target someone else instead.

Making sure you have a good lock on your front door, and that you use it properly and routinely can help to dramatically reduce the chance that your home will be targeted. It is also important to make sure that you have effective locks installed on all other doors and windows, even second-story windows.

A good deadbolt is an excellent lock to use on your front door. A security screen door that locks is also another great idea to deter burglars from your home.

Other tips you can utilize to reduce your chances of a break-in include the following:

Have a neighbor keep an eye on your home when you aren’t home and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

Use timer lights for inside your home if you work late frequently to provide the illusion someone is home.

Utilize motion detector lights for the outside of your home.

Finally, don’t forget to have your locks re-keyed if you suspect that someone who shouldn’t have access to your home may have a duplicate key.
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