Be One Step Ahead Of The Modern Criminal

by | Dec 12, 2022 | Locks, Security Tips

How can I stay one step ahead of the modern criminal when it comes to my home’s security?

Tips to enhance your home’s security

Install a security system

A security system is an excellent way to deter criminals and provide you with peace of mind. Choose a system that includes cameras, motion sensors, and door/window sensors. Many systems now come with smartphone apps that allow you to monitor your home remotely.

Upgrade your locks

Consider upgrading your locks to high-security options like deadbolts, smart locks, or biometric locks. Avoid using locks that can be easily picked or bumped.

Keep your landscaping in check

Criminals often use overgrown landscaping to hide while they scope out your home. Keep your yard well-maintained, trim back any large bushes, and consider adding motion-activated lighting to deter criminals.

Be mindful of what you post online

Criminals can use social media to gather information about you and your home. Avoid posting information about your vacation plans, expensive purchases, or other personal information that could make you a target.

Secure your Wi-Fi network

Ensure that your Wi-Fi network is secure and that your router’s default password has been changed. Consider adding a firewall and a virtual private network (VPN) to your network for added security.

Don’t leave spare keys outside

Avoid leaving spare keys outside your home, as criminals know where to look for them. Instead, give a spare key to a trusted neighbor or invest in a smart lock that allows you to grant access to visitors remotely.

Be aware of your surroundings

Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings when entering and leaving your home. Criminals often target distracted individuals, so stay focused on your surroundings and avoid using your phone while walking to your door.

By following these tips, you can help to improve your home’s security and stay one step ahead of modern criminals.

What are some simple DIY tips to increase my home’s security besides upgrading my lock?

There are several simple DIY tips you can use to increase your home’s security, in addition to upgrading your lock. Here are some suggestions:

Install a peephole or a door viewer

This will allow you to see who is at your door before you open it.

Add motion-sensor lights

Installing motion-sensor lights around the exterior of your home can deter burglars from approaching.

Use window locks

Make sure all your windows have locks, and use them to secure your home.

Trim your landscaping

Overgrown bushes or trees can provide cover for burglars, so keep your landscaping trimmed and tidy.

Use security cameras

Installing security cameras around the exterior of your home can help deter burglars and provide evidence in case of a break-in.

Keep your garage door closed

An open garage door can be an invitation to burglars, so make sure to keep it closed when you’re not using it.

Use a security system

There are many DIY home security systems available that you can install yourself, such as door and window sensors and security cameras.

By implementing these simple DIY tips, you can help increase your home’s security and reduce the risk of break-ins.

What are the most common conditions thief’s and burglars look for when scoping a victims home?

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Thieves and burglars typically look for signs of vulnerability and opportunity when scoping out potential targets. Here are some of the most common conditions they may look for:

Lack of security measures

Burglars may look for homes that don’t have security systems, motion-activated lights, or surveillance cameras.

Easy entry points

Burglars may look for homes with weak points of entry, such as unlocked doors or windows, or doors with flimsy locks.

Valuables visible from the outside

Burglars may look for homes where they can see valuable items, such as expensive electronics or jewelry, from the outside.

Empty or unoccupied homes

Burglars may look for homes that appear to be unoccupied, such as those with no lights on, or with mail and newspapers piling up outside.

Absence of a dog

Burglars may avoid homes with barking dogs, as they can alert homeowners or neighbors to their presence.

It’s important to take steps to make your home less vulnerable to break-ins by investing in security measures, such as a home security system, and by making sure to lock all doors and windows when you leave the house. Additionally, try to avoid leaving valuable items in plain sight, and consider adopting a dog as a deterrent.

How can I tell if my home’s lock is easy to unlock or open?

There are several ways to tell if your home’s lock is easy to unlock or open:

Check the quality of the lock

Look at the lock itself and assess its quality. High-quality locks are more difficult to pick or force open than low-quality locks.

Look for signs of damage

Inspect the lock for signs of damage or wear. A damaged or worn lock may be easier to pick or force open than a new lock.

Test the lock

Try to open the lock using a key that is not the one you usually use. If the lock opens easily, it may be an indication that it is easy to pick or force open.

Consult a locksmith

You can ask a locksmith to evaluate the security of your locks. They can provide recommendations on how to improve the security of your home.

Consider upgrading your lock

If you are concerned about the security of your lock, consider upgrading to a more secure lock. There are a variety of high-security locks available that are more difficult to pick or force open than standard locks.

What are some easy ways to upgrade my home’s security?

There are several easy ways to upgrade your home’s security:

Install Deadbolts

Deadbolts are a great way to increase the security of your doors. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. You can always reach out to us to help you install new locks or replace old ones!

Use a Door Reinforcement Kit

Door reinforcement kits reinforce the door frame and add an extra layer of security to your doors. These kits are also relatively easy to install.

Install Window Locks

Window locks prevent intruders from opening your windows from the outside. They are easy to install and relatively inexpensive.

Use Timers for Lights

Timers can be used to turn your lights on and off at predetermined times, making it look like someone is always home. This can deter potential intruders.

Install a Security System

A security system can provide an added layer of protection for your home. Many security systems are easy to install and come with a variety of features, including motion sensors, door and window sensors, and cameras. We highly recommend installing a Ring security system!

Use Smart Locks

Smart locks can be controlled from your smartphone, allowing you to lock and unlock your doors remotely. They also often come with additional security features, such as automatic locking and alerts if someone tries to enter your home without your permission.

Use a Video Doorbell

A video doorbell allows you to see who is at your door before you answer it. Many video doorbells also come with motion detection and two-way audio, allowing you to communicate with visitors even when you’re not home.

If you or someone you know needs help enhancing your home or business’s security reach out to us today!

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Jordan Matan Shoham is a locksmith technician with over a decade of experience installing locks, rekeying doors, helping folks in need with building and auto lockouts, and much more. He is the owner and chief operator of Level Up Lock.

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