For most people, the holiday season is the most exciting season of the year. Friends and families come together , enjoying that special spark and excitement in the air. That often involve of traveling, whether it is to visit distant family, or a nice holiday vacation, you are not home. This is also the most common time of year for burglaries. Burglars know you are not home for days, they also know the “weak” spots most people have in their home security. while preparing for your trip It is important that you take some time to secure your home to keep your keepsakes safe.
As skilled and experience locksmiths in Orange County CA, we have put together a small list of some tips we suggest our Orange County residential locksmith customers to follow this season to help reduce the risk of a break-in.
6 Easy Tips to Secure Your Home While Traveling:
Make sure all of your entry areas are well lit
It only takes a small shadow to create a large loss. Once you’ve made sure all of your locks are in a good working order, you’ll want to make sure you have adequate lighting at night. It may take 60 seconds for a good thief to break into something, but if given the cover of some shadows, an unskilled thief could take all the time in the world.
Inspect your exterior locks and deadbolts
You exterior locks are the main block from an undesired intrusion. Its time to take your locks very seriously. There are plenty ways open a regular lock, whether you pick it, or drill it or even bump it. These are very quick and convenient ways for the intruders to get into your house. First check that your locks works properly, Your deadbolts should be able to throw fully into their bolted position without any difficulty. There should not be any catching during the process of locking or unlocking either. If your deadbolts feel a bit sticky or they are not properly securing your exterior door and its time to repair or replace them. Ask us about high security locks that cant be picked, drilled or bumped.
Improve the security of your windows
A double-cylinder lock with key on both sides of your exterior doors when they are close to a window can also deter a thief who tries to break through that way. Even if they should break a window, this type of security lock, when installed, will prevent them from unlocking your deadbolt.
Keep Your Valuables Out of Sight
Assuming the burglar/s manage to get in, they will take whatever they can lay their hand on. Leaving your expensive or significant items out for easy viewing makes your home much more vulnerable and enticing to a burglar. Most burglars already know the “common” hiding places in a home. Safes are a great asset to every home, as they not only keep your valuables out of sight, but they also keep your most treasured items secure if your home were to get broken into. By securing your valuables in a hidden or encored safe you make sure that the time a burglar will spend at your house will be to look for your valuables instead of actually taking them.
Inspect your sliding doors for gaps
If there is just a finger-width between the sliders and the door, then they can be pried up and off of their track. No matter how good your lock might be, it can stop a door that is completely removed. Consider installing locks for the bottom of your sliding doors and repairing any gaps immediately to prevent this type of threat.
Don’t Leave Your Keys Outside
One of the most common ways a burglar enters into your home is through the front door. Although hiding a key by the front door has become common practice in case you get locked out, it is no secret that front door mats, fake rocks, and flowerpots are familiar places to conceal keys. Which make it easy on burglars to locate them and simply unlock your front door. Consider hiding duplicate keys in your car or leave one with a trusted neighbor. We would recommend electronic keypads to solve that problem, Where you set a code that only you and/or other family members are aware of. We carry a vast variety of electronic keypads to suit any need. Ask us which one will benefit you the most.
Contact Your Local Orange County Coastal Locksmith
If you would like to learn more about keeping your home safe, or you have questions regarding our products or services, give us a call today! If you are in need of emergency locksmith help in Orange County, or surrounding communities, contact us now and we will get to you in minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We look forward to working with you soon!