Security For Home
ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS TO FIND OUT
- Have you had your home re-keyed since you moved in?
- Do you know how many keys to your new home are in existence and exactly who has them?
- Do all the locks in your home operate with a single key?
- If you have windows in or near your doors, are your locks at least 40 inches from any glass.
Or, do you have double cylinder deadbolts?
Do you have an "emergency key" close by if evacuation is necessary during an emergency situation?
- Are all outside doors made of metal or solid wood?
- Do you have reinforced strikes and hinge pins secured to the frame of each exterior door to prevent them from being kicked in?
- Do your entrance doors have solid cores and do they have 1" throw deadbolt locks?
Do they "throw" all the way?
- Do you have door viewers (peep-holes) on all exterior doors?
Including the door between your house & garage?
- Are all of your windows secure?
Have double hung windows been pinned or have key locks?
Do metal windows have auxiliary locks?
Windows covered with polycarbonate or security film?
- Does your garage door close tightly?
Is there an overhead door track padlock?
- Does the safety feature on your garage door work properly?
- Do basement windows have security bars?
- Do you have a secondary lock for sliding glass doors to prevent lift out?
- Have you had a locksmith or a security specialist evaluate the security of your new home?
PROVIDE YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS WITH THE SECURITY YOU NEED!
If you answered NO to three or more of these questions, your RISK FACTOR is dangerously HIGH, and your home is not as secure or safe as it should be.
By having a security specialist come to your home to make an evaluation, you can determine the degree of security that you should have.
You may want to change the locks to operate with a new key if you do not know how many keys are in existence and exactly who has them.
When you have the security survey done, consider having your exterior night lighting evaluated as well as your locks, doors and windows. You may be eligible for an insurance premium reduction when you make a few changes in your home such as adding deadbolt locks and installing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
If you are installing locks, buy the better quality ones. They are only slightly more expensive and are physically more secure--they have hardened inserts to protect against drilling. Protection against lock picking adds little overall to your security since burglars almost always go the brute force route.
Doors should be secured with reinforced strikes and hinge pins. Having deadbolts installed is a mandate.
Locksmiths can install locks that are decorative and secure. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, ask the security specialist doing your survey to help you with advice, hardware, and certain keying requests.
The garage door is the largest moving object in your home. It is important to clean and lubricate the rollers and door tracks. Tighten loose screws, bolts, or nuts. NEVER try to adjust the steel springs. They are under high tension and should only be serviced by a door professional. And, if you have a automatic door opener, unplug (or turn off circuit breaker) when you go on vacation.
Make security in your home a priority, and give your family the gift of safety and yourself peace of mind.