ICYMI: 5 Ways to Protect your Home

In the beginning of last year, Phila-Locksmith asked some of its professional locksmiths what some of the top tips that they had for homeowners would be. Many of these tips and actions that you can take may seem like common sense, but it takes just one moment of forgetfulness to give thieves and burglars access to your home. This is why we have brought back our five tips for protecting your home, in order to help residents who may not have taken heed of the tips previously.

1. Using a deadbolt lock

By having a deadbolt installed on the entrance doors to your home, you can easily make your home much more secure. Standard knob locks can easily be susceptible to picking and even opened using something as simple as a credit card. While deadbolt may be susceptible to professional lock picks, a deadbolt can protect you from the untrained thief who uses a trick like a credit card to easily enter your home.

2. Don’t Leave Spares Outside

Leaving a spare key outside may be an easy way for you to get yourself back inside if you have lost or forgotten your key, but it is also an easy way for thieves to get into your home while you are not there. One of the first places that a burglar will check for a key is in many of the so called “hiding places” that a person would think about leaving a spare key. By skipping the spare left outside and simply remembering to bring your house keys with you, you can eliminate one easy access option that a thief would have.

3. Keep Gun Safes Locked

For many reasons you want to make sure that your firearms are securely locked inside of a gun safe should a break-in occur, especially if you are not in the home at the time. It is also recommended to keep the access, whether it is keys or a code, in a well hidden location so that your firearms can not be stolen by a burglar. Additionally a gun safe can help to provide security for homeowners who have children and want to limit any possible access that the child may have to a firearm.

4. Preventative Lock Maintenance

Locks can jam or malfunction for a majority of reasons. If there is a chronic issue with your locks function, even if it seems minor, it is highly recommended to have your lock inspected by a locksmith. A small issue can easily manifest itself into a lock problem that can compromise the security of your home. Head-off any possible security breaches by taking preventative maintenance action on your locks.

5. Lock the doors!

As mentioned in our previous article, one of the biggest reasons that our technicians see break-ins occur, is simply because the entrance door lock had not been armed. No matter how much energy and money you spend on residential security, if you forget to arm your lock it can all be for naught. Whether it is before you go to bed, or before you leave the home, always remember to arm your lock and bring the keys with you.

While these five tips are useful there are also a wide range of locksmith services and other preventative actions you can take to have your home become a less appealing target to potential thieves and burglars. Our technicians are always aiming to give customers the knowledge and hardware that they need in order to help to better protect their home and valuables.

Also see: Top 5 Ways to Save with a Locksmith

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5 Ways to Save with a Locksmith

Phila-Locksmith is all about providing professional locksmith services to the Delaware Valley, but we also want to save our customers money at every turn that is possible. Below we have compiled a list of 5 simple tips that you can use to help save yourself money. Whether it is just being slightly more prepared, or just making a more informed decision, Phila-Locksmith wants you to be able to save money on your locksmith services when possible.

1. Have a Spare Key Made

Rather than waiting until your key is lost or stolen to have it replaced, have a copy of your key made and stored in a safe place for you to use. It is much cheaper to have a car key or house key copied before it is lost, rather than having them replaced after they have been lost. This is especially true when it comes to transponder car keys, which can cost you over $100 dollars more to have replaced than to have duplicated.

2. Leave a key with a trusted neighbor

Have a family member who lives on your block? Or maybe a life long friend? If you trust that individual it may be a wise choice to leave them a copy of your house key. This can help you to prevent being locked out of your home and having to incur a charge from an emergency locksmith services. Whenever you find yourself without your key, you can retrieve your spare from that neighbor’s house and quickly have yourself back inside without having to wait or pay. Of course, you must be sure that you trust the individual who has your keys, otherwise you could end up becoming a victim of theft.

3. Re-keying locks on a new home 

Purchasing a new home can be a very exciting time and it can be easy to overlook some of the most vital security measures. In order to make sure that no previous owner, or anyone they gave a key to can access your home it is recommended that you have the locks on the house re-keyed. By having your locks re-keyed rather than completely changed you can avoid having to purchase brand new lock set, while still ensuring your new home is secure.

4. Hang security camera signs

Do not have the budget for security cameras in your home security? Hanging warning signs which say there are cameras on premises can help to deter burglars from entering your property without having to spend the money on closed circuit television installation. This method is slightly more effective than the old, “Before of Dog” sign trick, since cameras can be hidden from burglars much easier than the sound of a dog barking.

5. Choose a locksmith over a car dealership

If possible, when you are looking to have car key or ignition service for your vehicle completed, choose to have a mobile locksmith come out to your location, rather than having your vehicle towed to the dealership. By having a mobile locksmith complete your service, you can cut out the unnecessary towing charge to the dealership’s location, while also avoiding their inflated parts and labor charges. Automotive locksmiths like Phila-Locksmith can complete most of the same services that a dealership can without having to get your vehicle towed.

Use these five tips to help you save money when it comes to your home, commercial and automotive security. They are inexpensive ways to help safe guard yourself from having to pay for more expensive locksmith services down the line.