How Your Locksmith Can Increase Home Security At The Holidays


With expensive gifts being bought and stored on your property, home security is more important than ever at the holidays. Unfortunately, many homes have weak locks at their home entry points, making breaking in an easy task for many experienced intruders and burglars. Knowing how to protect your home with lock rekeying services can help you avoid a home invasion and burglary.

Change Your Front Door Deadbolt

Consumer Reports recommends that your front door deadbolt should have a 1-inch-long deadbolt, reinforced metal box strike and 3-inch-long screws holding the lock into place on the door jamb. However, many homes lack a quality lock on their front door. In addition, many homeowners have no idea that their front door deadbolt is weak and would not protect their home against intruders. Without a proper lock on the door, many burglars can gain entry to a home using just a drill. Have your front door deadbolt inspected by a locksmith and have the lock replaced with a heavy duty deadbolt if necessary.

Install Deadbolts on All Entrances

Entrances to the home found in the garage, on the side and around the back are all points of vulnerability on a property. In fact, many intruders prefer to enter through a door that is not visible from the street. If these doors do not have deadbolts, or lack adequate deadbolts, burglars can easily get into your home through one of these points. Have all these entrances in your home inspected when the locksmith comes. He or she can make recommendations for lock installation or replacement as necessary.

Put Stronger Locks on Sliding Glass Doors

Many sliding glass doors come with weak locks that can easily be undone simply by jiggling them. Even doors that can't be undone through jiggling can still be lifted off the track, bypassing the lock altogether. With a proper lock installed on the sliding glass doors, lifting the door off the track becomes far more difficult and jiggling the lock open becomes impossible. Even if you have deadbolts on all swinging exterior doors in your home, have a locksmith inspect your sliding glass doors and make recommendations for replacement as necessary.

Home security is critical at this time of year. Lock rekeying is important, because if your home is difficult to break into, intruders may bypass your home and look for other targets. Contact a locksmith from a company like Carlsbad Village Lock & Key today and find out more about how you can protect your home from intruders and burglars at the holidays.


26 December 2015

Protecting Your Tween While Home Alone

Letting your tween stay home alone for the first time may be an exciting experience for them, but it likely makes you a little worried. To give yourself some peace of mind and to help protect your tween while home alone, it’s a good idea to create a safety kit and store it in a safe place that can be accessed from outside of the house, like in a locked box in the garage, that can be used in case of emergencies. The kit should include first-aid items, emergency phone numbers, and even a prepaid cell phone. You should also have your locksmith change all of the locks for a fresh start and make two copies of the new keys for your tween – one to keep with them at all times, and one to hide outside in case the first is lost.