Locksmiths know a lot of secrets about your home's and car's security that you do not. To increase your security, you need to know what is missing and what needs improving upon. To get you started, here are a few things that you might not know.
- Builders do not always install the locks correctly. After buying a new home, it is important that you have the locks checked by a locksmith. Even though your builder is skilled in many areas, lock installation might not be his or her strongest area.
- A thumb-turn deadbolt can be easily breached. The deadbolt can be easily disengaged from the outside of the home. A burglar only needs to knock out the glass in the door or a window within reach and turn the deadbolt. A better option is the double cylinder lock.
- Re-key the locks on your new home. When you move into a new home, you need to have the locks changed. The previous owner could still have a set of keys.
- Duplicates can be made of your car keys. A common misconception about car keys is that the keys cannot be duplicated. However, the copies can be made and someone could gain access to your car. If a key is loss or you fear someone has a copy, consider re-keying your car through a locksmith for vehicle entries.
- Never buy a closed, used safe. A used safe might seem like a good bargain, but if it is closed, you might have to pay for a locksmith to open it for you. A bargain could turn into hundreds of dollars in locksmith fees.
- Domestic workers do not need full access. Domestic workers, such as a housekeeper, can be restricted from certain areas with the help of locks. You can have a master key that unlocks every door in the home and only provide him or her with a key that will unlock the area that he or she needs to enter.
- Get a valet key for your car. A valet key will restrict an authorized person to only enter the driver side door and start the car ignition. The key will not unlock other areas, such as the glove compartment or trunk.
- Electronic locks need a backup. An electronic lock could fail for various reasons, including low batteries. You can guarantee your home is still secure with the help of a backup lock, such as a deadbolt.
Your locksmith can help pinpoint other ways you can make your home and car safer after a thorough assessment.