Making Your New Home More Secure



To begin with, do an assessment of your doors and windows. Your doors should all have a deadbolt lock installed on them. If not it would be a good idea to have a locksmith install deadbolt locks on the doors that do not currently have one. Many people feel that a handle lock that accepts a key is adequate protection. Honestly speaking,┬áhandle locks are the easiest to bypass. A pair of ViseGrips will twist the knob off and then it’s just a matter of removing the lock cylinder and actuating the lock with a flat blade screwdriver.

You should look at the deadbolts that you do have and check to make sure that they are functioning properly with the proper key and the thumbturn on the inside of the door. If you are knowledgeable enough to remove the deadbolt from your door, have a look at the slip ring that encompasses the face of the lock and make sure it is not hollow. If you find that this ring is hollow then it is definitely replacement time for these locks. You need to find deadbolts that include a hardened and tempered piece of steel underneath the slip ring.

If the slip ring is hollow then it is possible for someone to gain entry into your property by using a pair of ViseGrips and applying brute force in order to crush the outside ring and clamp down onto the face of the lock cylinder. It is just a matter of applying enough force to break the screws off and open your deadbolt.

Does your new home have a basement? If it does you should really consider having window bars installed by a professional locksmith. Thieves know that basement windows are an extremely easy point of entry.

Does the property already have an alarm installed? If so you should consider having the alarm system activated. If there is no alarm system then now might be the perfect time to find someone who can get the job done for you. To get advice why not ask family, friends and acquaintances if they have an alarm system and ask them to convey their experiences to you. Perhaps they can recommend a particular alarm company over all others.

Another safety issue that you should consider is that the windows in your new house could very well be the easy access point for a burglar. Another entrance to consider the security of is any glass type aluminum sliding doors that your home may have. You can easily add protection for these sliding doors by cutting a broom handle or broken hockey stick to the correct length and then placing in the door track of the sliding door. This way, even if the burglar manages to get the door unlocked he will not be able to slide the door open.

Finally, you do have the option of hiring a professional security expert like a trained locksmith to assess your property and put forth recommendations to better protect your family and property.

Security Article Written by: Toronto Locksmith


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