When it comes to keeping your home burglar-free, there’s so much that you need to do. Still, your efforts need to come at the most logical entry point – your front door. Fortunately, there’s so much that you can do in order to secure it and here are four tips that may come in as particularly handy.
A light over the front door
The first thing you need to understand is the fact that the light tends to be the biggest adversary of potential burglars. Why? Well, because during the night (which is when they usually operate), it puts them (quite literally) in the spotlight. There’s simply no way that someone will be passing by without paying attention to the person crouching in front of your lock. For those concerned about the expense of a light that’s on during the entirety of the night, you can always go for LED, which is incredibly energy-saving. Other than this, you can also opt for a motion detector light, which might even make some potential burglars flee in panic.
The next thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that there’s no need for actually breaking the lock if one already has the key to your front door. How does this happen? Well, it’s fairly simple. First, if you’re moving into a rental home or a home that you’ve just purchased (as opposed to building it), you get to wonder who else has the key to the place. It’s not just previous tenants but also their relatives, partners and former partners, as well as house-sitters that you have to worry about. In fact, anyone you lend the key can potentially make a copy.
So, what you need to do after just moving in or ending a relationship with someone who has the key is simply replace your lock. The urgency of this task is paramount, which is why you need to look for local, reliable locksmiths to help you out. Looking for reputable locksmiths in Sydney or Newcastle might give you a wider potential locksmith pool to choose from, however, if you’re residing in Central Coast, you might want to narrow down the search to your general area. What this means is that you should look for a reputable locksmith in Central Coast instead.
Connect a door alarm
The next thing you want is to connect a door to an alarm system. You see, in a case where the burglar does manage to get inside of your home, what you need is to let authorities know that there is a problem. Why rely on the idea that you’ll be able to react in this kind of a scenario? Instead, connect a door alarm and make this function completely automatic.
Invest in a smart lock
One more way for you to secure your front door is to invest in a smart lock. The reason why this is such a handy idea is due to the fact that it allows you to change a code at your own behest, whenever you feel like the old one has been compromised. Second, low-end smart locks cost less than $100, which means that this is not a sizable investment to begin with. Finally, you’re far more likely to leave the place without the keys than without your smartphone. All in all, it’s a quite handy thing to have.
The last thing you need to bear in mind is the fact that there’s nothing that can protect your front door from your own recklessness. Handing out keys to people you barely know or forgetting to lock as you leave the place are risky patterns of behaviour that are far more common than you may assume. Also, keep in mind that leaving your window open while you are out making the integrity of your front door and your lock is completely irrelevant. Safety always comes first.
Written by Patrick Adams
About the Author
Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.
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