The new year is just around the corner, which means people the world over are thinking up resolutions and making plans to better themselves and achieve goals. For many, this may include a diet or a new workout routine. Or maybe it means taking classes to further your career. Whatever the case is for you, new year’s resolutions can be a wonderful way to achieve your goals and improve life. What most people don’t stop to consider, however, is what they can do to improve life by looking at the things around them—in this case, your home. For any homeowner, it’s understandable that concern for your home’s well-being would be a regular, low-level concern. This new year, take steps to alleviate some of that ongoing worry; try the following tips to help improve the security of your home.

Basics First: Check Your Locks

We’ve said it before and we will undoubtedly say it again: your locks are one of the single most important elements of your home’s security. No matter how high-tech a security system you have, that technology won’t do any good if your locks aren’t doing their job. So, this new year, start by doing a thorough check of all of your home’s locks. That means doors, windows, even patio and garage door locks. Burglary studies have shown that a correctly installed deadbolt can be just as much of a burglar deterrent as that high-tech security system. When it comes to deadbolt locks, there are two things you’ll want to check. First, you’ll want to ensure that the throw—the thick metal piece that juts out when you turn the lock—goes an inch deep into the door jamb when locked. Second, the metal plate surrounding the hole the throw fits into, called the throw plate, should be secured to the door jamb with screws at least three inches long. This is a step contractors often skimp on, so definitely check all exterior door locks. If you’re unsure what to look for, your local Philadelphia locksmith can help you out.

Upgrade Your Locks

The standard deadbolt is a great option to secure your home, but we understand that you may want a bit more control over your home’s security. One of our favorite options for better home security you can control is a keyless entry system. With residential keyless entry systems, you get the physical security of a deadbolt that you control with a code rather than a key. And, actually, many modern keyless deadbolt locks actually control the door knob as well, for a boost of added security. Plus, with any WiFi connected keyless entry system, you can generally have multiple codes at once, change them online, and even get access notifications via email or text message.

Improving your lock security is just the first step to improving your home’s security for the new year. Be sure to stay tuned to the Top Notch Locksmith blog for even more tips on improving your home’s security. For trustworthy, professional locksmith services in Philadelphia, contact Top Notch Locksmith today!