We clean our homes as part of “out with the old, in with the new.” And you may be planning to invest in some home improvements and decorating, as well. However, don’t forget to protect your home and all of your hard work with the correct security measures. The higher the investment, the higher the risk of crime.
Lock change in Queens – It’s easy to check and maintain your property’s security with a few simple steps. Firstly, it’s important to give your house and garden a thorough audit from the outside in. Ensure trees and bushes are kept to an affordable size to reduce the possibility of burglars using them as “cover”. Also check the condition of your fences and gates, which can be prone to neglect, as any poor points can make it less difficult for would-be thieves to gain access to your house.
Outer buildings are often target. External storage such as sheds and garages should be secured with high-quality padlocks, with hasps and staples.
In addition, don’t be tempted to leave your free-standing garden furniture out overnight, and keep ladders, bins and horticulture tools stored out of sight as these can be used in opportunist crime to gain access.
In terms of windows, check that all on the ground floor and any that are accessible on higher levels has secure window locks. It is usually important to check the quality and honesty of the locks as well as the structural condition of the doors and windows themselves. Locks can be prone to rust, while rotten and cracked frames can make doors and windows easier to break through. If you have any doubts, a local qualified locksmith, such as Locksmiths Center in Queens , will be able to guidance on which locks will be the most suitable, and ensure that they’ll meet insurance requirements.
Sensor lights or dusk-to-dawn lighting are additional deterrents and also help you gain access to your home late at night. Opportunist thieves often approach houses that look like nobody can be at home, so by installing a number of light timers around the house it appears that the house can be busy and therefore minimises the risk of a break in. A “fake TV” is usually also a good idea – this device emits light that mimics that of a TV and can give the impression somebody can be watching something in an upstairs room for example.
It almost goes without saying, but make sure to lock up your house and set the alarm every time you leave. Don’t leave keys on show, particularly near doors, and by no means leave valuables such as laptops or jewellery on show which can tempt potential burglars. If necessary, get a safe expertly given and installed.
By taking some simple security steps, you can make sure your house isn’t vulnerable to thieves and your possessions are protected from the threat of crime.
If you’re confused and need help with updating your home security locks, we’re only a phone call away at (800) 371-5979.