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Houston Locksmith’s Security tips
…Helping you protect your home

Is Your Home Safe? The Facts:

  • According to recent statistics, every 1 in 6 homes in America will be burglarized.
  • More than 80% of home burglaries happen through the victim’s front door.
  • Two-thirds of burglaries occur during daytime and are planned in advance.
  • In the US, a burglary occurs every 13.7 seconds!
  • More than 50% of burglaries will leave no evidence of forced entry—because thieves often use methods like lock picking, key bumping, or unauthorized keys which leave no outward marks.
Security Tips You Should start Using NowSecurity Tips
  • When away from home never make it obvious: leave lights, your favorite Radio/TV show on; ask a neighbor to park his car in your driveway; ask a friend to pickup your mail and newspaper. For a Potential burglar these as signs that you’re home—and he’ll move on to his next target.
  • Choose solid wood or steel doors: hollow wood doors can be easily kicked in!
  • Choose high quality deadbolt and keep it locked at all times, even when you are home. The deadbolt should extend for at least 1” into the door frame and the strike plate. Houston Locksmiths recommends Schlage and Mul-T-Lock.
  • Entrance doors should have multiple locking points: for example, use both a deadbolt AND doorknob.
  • If your home or business has a glass window within 40’ from a lock, install a double-sided cylindrical lock.
  • Locks must be re-keyed or changed after you move in—remember, you have no idea who the last tenant/owner gave his/her keys to.
  • Install peepholes with magnifying lenses on your doors—they’ll permit you to see who's at your door—without opening it.
  • Remove any branches that are near, or next to your home to prevent access to the second floor.
  • Secure all windows and sliding glass doors with a secondary security bar.
  • Permanently mark your valuables to make it easier for the police to return them to you should they be stolen. (Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers with a state abbreviation work best.) Remember to keep a record of your marked valuables.Mul-T-Lock
  • If you leave a spare key outside, think creatively: burglars routinely check under flowerpots and welcome mats and on window ledges.
  • Keep doors, windows and vulnerable areas well-lit at night.
  • Use automatic timers or motion detectors to turn lights on and off—especially when you are away from home.
  • Never leave notes on your door (even when you are home.)
  • In office buildings or workplaces with security concerns a Master Key System can offer different access levels to different people.
  • Team up with your neighbors and form a crime watch program. Your local police can help you get started.
  • In apartment buildings, always make sure common area doors are locked and secure; don’t allow lobby access to any person you don’t know personally.
How Safe is Your Home? Test Your Home’s Security
1. Does anyone have (or ever had) access to your keys?
2. can your keys be easily duplicated?
3. Do your locks provide physical protection against forced entry attempts? How about lock picking, key bumping, or drilling?

Learn more - act today and protect what matters most.

call us today to schedule a FREE* security consultation -

Toll-Free call: 713.936.2103

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