Tis' the Season! Awww ... the crispness in the air, the aroma of cinnamon and cookies, the twinkling lights along the downtown streets: it's Christmas time in the city!
No one wants to think of their magical Holiday Season being hijacked by thieves. However, the truth is not always pretty.
Statistics prove this is the busiest time of year for break-ins and burglaries. What can you do to protect yourself and loved ones?
The best way to prepare is to prevent.
Arkansas Lock and Safe Services cares about your safety! Our customers are the very reason we got into the business in the first place. Therefore, we'd like to share a few tips with you that can help prevent home invasions.
1) Secure sliding glass doors
A well-prepared burglar makes it his profession to outsmart the homeowner. He knows the tricks to getting around the average sliding glass door. The best way to secure a sliding glass door is to put a dowel rod or similar object on the tracks, and lodge it between the door and wall. Even if a burglar does manage to unlock the door, he won't be able to slide it open if a dowel rod is in the way.
2) Move your Alarm Keypad
A Home Security System is a wise security measure to take, but they aren't fool-proof. Most alarm pads are placed by common entrances, such as the front or back door. This is no-doubt convenient for the homeowner, but you could be endangering your family and valuables. An observant thief would most likely scope out the property and watch the homeowner enter the access code on the keypad. Be mindful of who might be able to view your keypad when you arm or disarm it!
3) Use a Key Lock Box
Don't be the person who leaves the spare key under the doormat. Install a Key Lock Box on your property, similar to what realtors use. This allows back-up keys to be just a simple combination away and only you will have access to them. Just like the above-mentioned tip: make sure nobody can see you enter the combination.
4) Use Mother Nature's Help
Consider planting bushes, vines or trees in areas you don't want strangers to access. For example, a thorny shrub underneath the windows of your bedroom could deter a thief.
5) Don't Hide Valuables in the Master Bedroom
Master bedrooms are the first place burglars look after entering a home. Take an inventory of what you keep in your master bedroom. Consider keeping valuables in a laundry room or toddler's bedroom - out of reach, of course. Better yet, consider a Vault or Safe that can be mounted inside an interior wall or in the floor.
6) Buy a Decoy Safe
If you really want to throw robbers off the scent as to where the real goods are, consider a decoy safe. Most burglars want to get in and out as fast as possible, they will most likely run off with a decoy safe full of fake valuables and discontinue their search. Meanwhile, your valuable possessions are safely stored in your quality, bolted-down safe . . . right???
7) Keep Your Car Keys With You
Most car key fobs have a panic button nowadays. If you hear or see a burglar trying to get into your house, press the panic button! Better yet, keep a garage door opener nearby too, so that your neighbors can better hear the panic alarm. Just make sure the door leading into the house is locked.
Below are a few great Key Lock Box options to consider.
Call Arkansas Lock and Safe Services to order today!
We all know someone who claims they can pick a lock or use a (EEK) crowbar to get into your locked car.
But the truth is, when it comes to those times that you need a Locksmith, you have the choice to hire a professional. We have had to fix other "locksmiths" mistakes more than once. Save yourself time, stress and money and CALL US FIRST.
Don't be afraid to ask some questions, put your FBI hat on and ask:
Make sure the company has a brand and that it is marked on their vehicles. This is a good sign. When you call a locksmith company, do they answer "locksmith"? If so, proceed with caution. Don't be shy. Most legitimate locksmith businesses will answer their business line with the name of their company and their name. Remember, you're his or her boss! If a price has changed from the one you were quoted over the phone, ask why. Most locksmiths will inform you before-hand if a price bump is neccessary and why.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
Besides a Home Security System, which can be costly, deadbolts offer a higher level of protection than a door knob lock, especially if: the bolt is made of hardened steel, has a carbide center core, the bolt extends fully into its door-jamb hole, which is reinforced with a metal strike plate, and 3-inch screws are used to secure the strike plate into the door-frame studs.