Tips to Protect Your Home While You Are Away

With more than 2 million burglaries reported in the United States each year according to the U.S. Department of Justice, protecting your home is critically important, especially while you are away on vacation

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Many break-ins are opportunistic crimes, in which thieves see an occasion to break into a home easily because a door or window is unlocked, a hidden key is easily accessed, or the doors are not equipped with  high-quality locks.

Secure your home with a tested deadbolt. One of the best tips to protect your home while on vacation is to ensure you have a secure door locks to your home. Master Locksmith John Charnley recommends securing your home with a deadbolt that has been verified as secure by a third-party organization, like the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the voluntary standardization to develop and maintain performance standards for builder’s hardware.

Kwikset smart lock deadbolts feature SmartKey® technology that provides extra security against lock picking and lock bumping. Kwikset’s BumpGuard™ takes anti-bumping protection a step further with a patented side-locking bar – instead of a traditional pin and tumbler design – to protect specifically against lock bumping. There are a variety of smart lock options that you can open with a traditional key, key pad, key fob or Bluetooth-enabled features on a smartphone.

In addition to securing your entry with a deadbolt, another important burglary prevention item to consider is your door itself. Doors that are made from sturdy materials, such as fiberglass, solid wood, solid wood core and/or metal are more difficult to force entry, and serve as a deterrent for opportunistic break-ins. When installing your door, ensure that you have no exposed hinges, which burglars can possibly unscrew and remove to gain entry into your home, and choose to install doors that swing outwards, as opposed to inwards, to help prevent forced entry. As an extra security measure, reinforce your doorframe with several 3-inch screws nailed into the doorframe to absorb any forced entry and add difficultly for burglars to breach.

Original Article here: Tips to Protect Your Home While You Are Away.

Related Article here: Home Security Tips to Prevent Burglary

Let Locksmith Vinings GA help you with your security needs as well.

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