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Home Security Practices

Hi there, your friendly neighbourhood locksmith here!

I hope you found last week’s post helpful, and that you were spared of the chilling sensation of realising you forgot or lost your keys.

This week we’ll offer you an insider’s look at home security. As locksmiths, we are often called to scenes of burglary to change locks after a door has been broken into and years of experience has provided us with simple, foolproof solutions which will make your home more secure, whether you’re inside or out.

We give you part 1 of our home security guide:

SAFE PRACTICE

  • Never open the door to unknown visitors. Fit a door viewer (peep/spy hole) or a door chain and take a look at who is at your door before opening it.
  • Don’t leave keys on the inside of door locks or window ledges near the door as burglars can break a window and reach inside and unlock the door.
  • Remove keys from view and keep them in a safe place.
  • Don’t leave your name and address on any key tags. If you lose your keys away from the home they could fall into the wrong hands.

PHYSICAL SECURITY

  • Have window locks fitted. Keep your windows locked, especially those on the ground floor or easily accessible due to flat roofs, for example.
  • The home office recommends fitting 5 lever deadlocks to all external doors. You should have or upgrade locks to British Standard BS 3621:2004.
  • Sheds and outbuildings are very vulnerable to theft and as a result you should have a substantial lock and padlock or pad bolt in place. All valuables should be kept locked up inside sheds and outbuildings and remember never to leave expensive garden equipment outside. Use a chain and padlock to secure ladders and other equipment that may be used to break in to your property.

Later this week we will publish part two. In the meantime, keep safe, don’t get locked out, and if you do – let Keys4U let you in!

 

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