The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are some of the most hectic and chaotic of the year. It’s also the time of year when burglaries go on the rise thanks to a combination of increased purchases, additional mail, and more time away from home — think travel, holiday parties, school events, and more. Basically, this time of year is a burglar’s dream. Not only that, but home accidents also grow more frequent during the holidays. If you’re looking to protect your home from burglary and home mishaps, keep these safety tips in mind:
Always Lock Up
Okay, sure, this is an obvious one, but it bears being said anyway. Take the time now, with this reminder, to check every window and door around your house to make sure they’re locked. More often than not, burglars find a way in through a window or door you thought was locked. Once you’ve verified that the house is locked up tight, make sure you and any other adults/older kids in the house have a routine in place to make sure everything stays locked when you leave the house.
Schedule Lock Rekeying
If you’ve ever loaned out a key to your house, no matter the reason, it’s probably time to consider having your locks rekeyed. It’s even more important if you’ve never had your locks rekeyed since moving in! Fortunately, rekeying is a quick and easy way to boost security for your locks and it doesn’t involve changing out the hardware, so call your Philadelphia locksmith to get this scheduled soon!
Upgrade Your Locks
If you tend to be forgetful, or you’re particularly worried about break-ins, you may want to consider adding better locks to your exterior doors. A properly installed deadbolt is one of the strongest options, and a great burglary deterrent — but only when the deadbolt is installed properly. For an even better security boost, consider adding a keyless entry lock to the front door, back door, all exterior doors, or just the one you use most often. The benefit of a keyless entry lock is that you can toss your keys, since it relies on a PIN code to get in. Most modern keyless entry locks can even be connected to your smartphone or computer so you can update the codes as often as you choose. We suggest connecting with your local Philadelphia locksmith to find the right combination of locks for your home.
Fake Your Presence
This is another security tip you’ve probably heard in some form or another, but it’s more than asking your neighbor to grab the newspaper from your driveway while you’re gone. Thanks to advances in technology, it has gotten easier to fake being home when you’re away. There is the basic step of setting your lights on a timer, which can help, but other things like turning your TV on via your smartphone will add even more credibility to the farce that you’re home.
As your local lock and key experts, your Philadelphia locksmith is the best source for home security help around the holidays and any other time. Connect with Top Notch Locksmith today to learn more and schedule service!