These days, it never hurts to do a better job of securing your home. It’s the best way to make sure you and your family are always safe from intruders who may try to break in. After all, burglaries are occurring at an alarming rate (no pun intended).
In fact, there are as many as two million burglaries reported throughout the United States each year and on average, people lose $2,230 per burglary. The best way to avoid becoming a victim is to take necessary steps for securing your home effectively.
Here are a number of useful tips from a professional locksmith you may want to keep in mind:
Conduct an Inspection of Your Home Exterior
Make it a point to review the exterior of your home extensively on a regular basis. Make sure there are no broken windows that can be easily used to gain access to your home. You also have to ensure that there are no items lying outside your home that can be used to break in. These may include a ladder, garage tools and even your trash bin. 70 percent of burglars actually use a good amount of force to enter a home and when they do, they tend to rely on regular household tools. These include small pry bars, hammers, channel-lock pliers and screwdrivers.
Put the ladder and tools away and consider relocating the trash to the inside of your garage instead.
Check Your Window and Door Locks
Burglars prefer homes with easy entry points like doors and windows that have been left unlocked. If you are leaving the home, be sure to check to make sure all your locks are engaged. That goes especially for both your front and back doors.
You also need to make sure your locks are dependable. If you think the type you have can be easily broken into, consider having them replaced as soon as possible. For your doors, nothing beats deadbolts and entry locksets or handlesets.
If you tend to forget your keys, you can opt to have keyless locks instead. Keyless locks work by granting access to anyone provided with an access code which can be cancelled immediately anytime. Moreover, some keyless locks are also designed to set off an alarm should the wrong access code be entered three times.
Be Sure to Keep Your Garage Locked Up
There’s a good chance burglars may try to break into your home through the garage doors so you need to make sure they are locked up tight. Anyone can easily gain access to your garage door if they are broken so be sure to have them repaired immediately especially if they are no longer rolling all the way down. Have any broken panel replaced as soon as possible too.
Put Your Most Valuable Items in a Safe
When securing your home, it only makes sense to secure certain valuables inside a safe. These include any jewelry, cash, checkbooks and credit cards, as well as important documents.
When Securing Your Home Consider Surveillance
No home will ever be occupied 24/7. After all, you all have to go on with your daily lives. To compensate, it may be a good idea to have a video surveillance system installed in your home. You can position cameras all around your perimeter so you can immediately see if someone’s at your front door.
Keep these tips in mind when you are thinking about securing your home. If you think you need assistance, contact a locksmith who can inspect your home and even recommend locks and home security options. Be proactive about keeping intruders away so your family can rest easy knowing they are as safe can be.
Coastal Contract Hardware in Myrtle Beach, SC can help you with your security needs. We are an experienced locksmith serving the entire Grand Strand area, including installation and maintenance of locks, doors and security systems. We service areas in North and South Carolina such as Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Horry County, SC and other surrounding areas. To learn more, visit our contact page and fill out the form or call us at 843-946-3500. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook as well!