Whether you’re moving into a new home or looking to improve your household’s security, locks play an essential role in not only protecting our belongings but giving us peace of mind.
There is no such thing as an impenetrable lock or door. But burglars are opportunistic creatures, and look for homes that they can break into as quickly and effortlessly as possible. Most burglars break in when nobody is at home, and a recent study by criminologist Joe Kuhns revealed that 41% of burglaries are spur of the moment.
Here are a few tips that will make you home as unappetising a target from criminals as possible:
Don’t make it easy for criminals
Don’t be afraid to pay the extra to put quality, modern locks on your doors. The little extras on a front and back door, such as tubular locks and bump-proof locks, won’t make it impossible to break into your home, but will make lock picking that little bit more difficult and go some way to deriving the criminal of an incentive.
Consult with a professional locksmith
Rather than fitting your own locks, hire a reputable locksmith to not only install your locks but offer you their professional and first-hand opinion. Remember, always be sure to research the locksmith first, by looking for online reviews or friend/family recommendations, and request proof of professional qualifications.
Get a lock that is bump-proof
Many makes of lock can be picked with a bump key, which is essentially a key modified to open all of a particular model of lock. Again, a locksmith’s guidance may prove valuable in helping you select a lock that will wear down all but the most determined crook.
A strong lock isn’t enough
Alarms, security cameras and even dogs are going to deter burglars. A secure home should use as many options as is financially feasible. The sight of an alarm system will often be enough to persuade a burglar to visit elsewhere.