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Solid Advice For Improving Your Home Security

In order to make the best decision regarding keeping your family safe, you need to know as much as you can about home security systems. This is not something you just want to slap together and put on auto draft. You want to stay well-informed so that you can be in control.

If you are planning to be away for a while it is important to stop your paper delivery and put your mail on hold until you return. Newspapers piled up in your driveway or mail spilling out of your mailbox is a red flag that no one is home, and this leaves you vulnerable to thieves.

Trim back the garden around your home. It may look pretty, but you are giving criminals a hiding place right near your house. Instead, keep an open grassy area between your home and your landscaping. This will help keep unwanted people from getting a close eye view through your windows.

Changing the locks on your home can be a great way to increase security. Locks should always be changed when buying a new home. There could be numerous people that had copies of the keys, from the real estate agent to the previous owners. Locks should also be changed whenever your keys become lost, or after a break-up in a relationship.

Walk outside of your home at night and see what is visible through your windows. If you have a clear view of your valuables, especially easily stolen electronics, then so do potential thieves. If you don’t want to rearrange the interior of your home, simply make sure that blinds or drapes block the view.

There’s no security system so durable that it can go without regular maintenance and inspections. Have yours checked out once a year. Ask someone who works at the security company to do a maintenance check. Wild animals, domestic pets, and weather are all factors that can affect the reliability of your home security system. There are always ways your home is vulnerable, even if you don’t know it.

One of the biggest areas of concern in regards to home security is the landscaping of your home. Do not let your bushes and other landscaping grow to where it can hide entry points into your home. Thieves just love to be able to stay hidden while they enter and leave your home, so keep your bushes trimmed.

Do not do any landscaping that will obscure the entrances of your home. While you may think it is a good idea to plant a huge rosebush in front of your living room windows, this gives a thief a place to hide while they figure out a way to get into your home.

No matter how soon you plan to return home, you should lock your doors. It is more common than you would believe for a thief to find a home, try the door and walk right in when it’s unlocked. They can get a ton of stuff quickly and be long gone before you return.

Ask a neighbor to watch your home and get your mail if you are going on a trip for a week or more. Burglars sometimes will check to see that the mail or newspapers are piling up on a driveway. If your neighbor gets these in advance, it looks as if you are home.

The security system you choose and the company you go with is very important. This has everything to do with keeping your whole family safe. Do not hesitate to look further into each decision you make. Use the tips you have learned to make sure you’re on the right track.

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Lockwood Nexion Lock

 

The Nexion electronic keyless lock represents the next generation in home security. An automatic deadlatch with added safety features, plus the convenience of keyless operation using the Q-Key remote control.

The Nexion electronic keyless lock is battery operated, it can be activated by the Q-Key remote control or mechanical key. The Q-Key has a range of up to three metres and uses the latest in encrypted rolling code technology for the highest security possible. Additional Q-Key remotes can easily be programmed by following a simple sequencing procedure. Should the Q-Key remote ever be misplaced, the lockset can be manually operated with a key.

The Nexion electronic keyless lock also has the unique Lockwood LockAlert status indicator that shows at a glance the lockset mode. The lockset can operate in three modes: Secure Mode, Safety Mode and Passage Mode.

Secure Mode (Red) Handles securely locked from both inside and outside

Safety Mode (Yellow) Handles securely locked from outside and free from the inside

Passage Mode (Green) Handles free from both inside and outside.

If you require further information regarding this product, feel free to contact us at anytime and speak directly with any of our own Master Locksmith.

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Holiday Security Tips

If your fortunate to be going away these holidays, ensure your home is secure and safe from intruders.

Here are a few tips to prevent your house becoming a target for thieves while your away.

  • Give the appearance that someone is home, leave a light on, also, you may want to offer your neighbour park their car in your driveway.
  • Install a simple timer on lights to make it look like someone is home.
  • Be sure that your house and content insurance is current.
  • Do not leave packaging for electronic and other expensive items in sight or in the bin, this is an indication of what could be in your home.
  • Double check all locks are locked and secure before leaving.  If you feel that your locks are not adequate and would not hold up to any attempted robbery, contact your local Locksmith to call out and install proper effective locks. Most Locksmiths operate 24/7 and can usually attend your house to secure your doors and windows on the same day. Prevention = Peace of mind.
  • Lock up all your garden tools and ladders that may be used to break into your home.
  • Do not leave any message on your home  phone that you are away.
  • Burglars prefer to enter through unlocked doors or windows. Sliding windows that are not secure can be seen from distance. One holiday problem can occur when exterior Christmas light extension cords are run inside through a window and prevent it from being secured. Hire an electrician or handyman to install an inexpensive exterior outlet for your holiday lights.
  • One last thing, enjoy your holiday!
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5 Star Security Check

5 STAR SECURITY CHECK

 

 

 

There once was a time when choosing a lock was a fairly straight forward procedure. With few security brands in the market, limited functionality and few design options, purchasing decisions were relatively simple. Presently, there are hundreds of locking brands and thousands of products with varying quality in the market. The influx of cheap imports has further exacerbated this situation, which leaves you, the consumer with choosing the right security solution a daunting prospect.

Like a professional locksmith to show you the way? Then why not have a free 5 Star Security Check on your home. The 5 Star Security Check is designed to provide you with detailed information and recommendations on home security and safety. Information and service is directly provided by an accredited master locksmith.

An inspection may expose all possible weak entry points in your property. The Locksmith will also recommend the best and most effective security locking product to better protect your home.

Having a 5 star security safety check will not only provide you with a greater piece of mind, it will save you allot of time and possibly regrettable mistakes.


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