Easy Home Security Tips

With March Break coming up, the security of your home is at an all-time high. Breaks ins are common around times when many families will be taking time off to enjoy sunnier destinations. Your home’s security should always be a top priority, so we’ve put together some easy tips to make sure your home is protected whether you’re away on vacation or just out for the day.

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Alarm systems:

For those in houses, this is often the first step towards a more secure home. When considering installing a new alarm system, opt for one with concealed wiring. If a burglar can clearly see the wires, they can easily disconnect them. To find out more about the best alarm system for your home, check out this article for a more in-depth breakdown.

Locks:

It’s important to always lock your door, whether you’re in a house, condo or apartment. Even when going out for a short time, like going down to the laundry or to check your mail. It only takes a minute for a burglar to walk in, take something and walk out. It’s also a good idea to install new locks when you move into a new place. While a locksmith can seem expensive upfront, you’ll be glad you invested in this added measure of security.

Doors:

Having the right door is important when it comes to the security of your home. Be sure to have a front door that is solid and cannot be kicked in. A solid wood door is your best bet, but there are other options out there, such as metal and fibreglass. Make sure there is no space between your door and the frame, as even the slightest gap leaves room for an intruder to use a tool to get in. Find a professional to reinforce the door frame if you’re concerned about this. Also, be sure to check that the door hinges are on the inside of your home. If not, take down the door and reset the hinges as exposed hinges are an easy target.

Balcony and Patio Doors:

Always keep your balcony and patio doors locked when they’re not in use. An easy way you can add further security is to place something in the track of the sliding door. This could be a store bought device, a metal bar or pipe, or a common household object like a broom handle or even a hockey stick. Anything that makes it harder to slide the door open will help to ensure the door stays closed even if the lock is compromised.

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Oven Door Won’t Open: Troubleshooting Door Lock Problems on a Range Video

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Hi, this is Wayne from Sears PartsDirect. Today we’re going to talk about an oven with a malfunctioning door lock. You’re probably watching this because your oven door is stuck shut. Let me guess, did you just run a self-cleaning cycle?

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During the cleaning cycle, your door will lock for safety purposes. Under normal circumstances, the door won’t unlock until the oven has cooled to room temperature. The thing is, if you lose or disconnect power before the cycle is finished, the lock motor may not complete the cycle to unlock the door. We’ll show you how to reset the lock and get things working.

Get the Door Open

But, the lock motor itself could be broken. So we’ll also show you how to test that out while you’re back there. Now that it’s stuck shut, let me show you how you can get it open fast and get back to cooking.

Pull the range out from the wall and disconnect the power. Remove the back panel to gain access to the lock motor assembly. Remove the screws holding the door lock assembly in place. Release the door-latching rod by pulling the lock motor assembly down and tilt the front inwards. This will allow you to unhook the locking rod from the drive cam.

Push the rod forward and open the oven door. Note the position of the drive cam and the hole that the locking rod fits into. Remove the Philips screw holding the drive cam on the motor. Remove the drive cam and rotate it 180 degrees from where it was when the door was locked.

Line up the two slots on the bottom of the drive cam with the posts on the motor shaft. Push the drive cam down and lock it on the motor shaft. Make sure that the switch arm aligns with the side edge of the drive cam. Reinstall the Phillips screw on the cam.

Re-hook the locking rod back onto the drive cam. Install the motor bracket assembly back onto the range. Now, you can put everything back together, and at least be able to cook again.

Test the Door Lock

But if you’ve got a bad door lock, your door is going to get stuck again the next time you run a cleaning cycle. We’ll check the lock motor circuit for electrical continuity with a multi-meter while we’ve got this back panel off. Always disconnect power before checking continuity. Locate the two electrical wires going to the lock motor and disconnect them.

Set your meter to read ohms of resistance on the 20,000 ohms scale. Place one meter lead on each terminal of the lock motor. If you measure no continuity, on this meter that’s a “1” on the far left corner, then the door lock is bad and will need to be replaced.

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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.

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