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Vital Information About Home Locks Every Realtor Should Know

Growing a business as a realtor is more challenging than selling consumable products or an ongoing service. You can’t rely only on repeat business as it can be years between transactions. Studies show that the typical homeowner spends 7 to 15 years in their home before relocating, and many stay for their lifetime. What you can focus on instead is referrals. Providing stellar service to buyers and sellers is the best way to put word-of-mouth to work for you. There are many ways to endear yourself to your clients. The most notable is showing them they can come to you for the answers about anything concerning the home selection and closing process. Each tidbit of information you pick up gets you that much closer to being the omnipotent being they hope you are. You can’t know everything, of course, but one thing that is likely to impress them is being able to give good advice about home locks and security. Read More at ABC...

Think like a Burglar to Deter a Burglar

What goes on in the mind of a burglar, many will wonder. Well, there is only one way to find out, talking to them. This will definitely not be easy, but will answer the questions many of us have had for ages. An interview with a few of them revealed what they want in your house, how they go about house break-ins and what he would be doing in your house the time he is there. He goes ahead to say that the reason why he has not been put behind bars is because people often make it easy for him to break into their houses without realizing it. What do they look for? These burglars do not just pick any house in the area. They have to scout the area and identify their next target. They will not appear in any suspicious manner but as the people you trust and can easily let into your house such as electricians, phone repair men or even plumbers. They usually make their rounds during the day when most people are at work. They look for houses which: Have high fences such that the neighbors will not be able to see them as they break in. Plenty of vegetation or trees around the house that cover the better part of the house encourages burglary too. Have toys in the playground which means there are children in the house hence there is also a mother. Female presence means that there is a high possibility that there is jewelry in the house for them to steal. Clear glass doors which makes it easy for...

The History of the Key

Keys are used on a daily basis, but whoever puts much thought into them? They are the gate pass to many things in our lives such as vehicles, houses and even electronics such as a phone. In this case the password is the key of some sort, it allows you access to your device. The concept of a key is very broad and has developed over the years. The question now is, where did the key or the concept of the key come from? Key history The first key was seen 6000 years ago the same time locks were discovered too. This was in ancient Babylon, Egypt. It was made of wood and the key looked like a brush. It was heavy and not very durable therefore not the best material it could have been made from. It was easily broken too. 700 BC, the world experienced the next major development of the key as first noticed in ancient Rome. The wooden material was replaced with iron and bronze. The locks were therefore stronger and smaller and the keys lighter as well. The shape of the key also changed to that which resembled a skeleton. It also had a cylindrical shaft with the end being rectangular. This shape and design of the lock and key remained so for over 17 centauries even after the fall of the Roman Empire and has spread all over the world. In the 1800s, a modernized flat key was introduced by one Mr. Linus Yale. The design changed too as well as how the key lifted the lock pins. Key cutting was also invented...

4 Easy Steps To Help Maintain Your Door Locks

This article will provide you the 4 easy steps to help maintain your door locks for your home in your normal monthly home maintenance routine. Lock Maintenance isn’t usually on a normal family maintenance “to do” list, but it really should be.  Maintaining your locks not only helps the locks to perform better, but it also may prevent you from having to pay a lot of money to a Locksmith for repairs later on. As with all mechanical items, dirt and grime will get in to a door lock.  Without proper maintenance the lock will eventually become extremely hard to operate, or even eventually break. Maintenance for Standard Door Locks 1.  Lubricate the Locks Purchase TDL Blaster Dry Lube, or Lockease from a Locksmith shop, or home maintenance store. You should never use powder graphite because it will clog your lock like sand, contrary to popular belief. 2.  Insert the tube stem (included with spray) Place the stem into the lock cylinder and spray liberally. Make sure to have paper towels handy as the dirt will be plentiful. 3.  Flush the lock Continue to spray until you no longer see dirt and debris draining from the lock. 4.  Bolts and Latches Make sure to also spray the bolt and/or latch on the side of the door. These are the mechanisms that actually lock the door and also need to be maintained. Like all home maintenance, it’s important you implement regular door lock maintenance into your monthly home maintenance routine. Following these 4 easy steps will help to ensure a longer lifetime for your door...

7 Ways to Use Video Surveillance to Protect Your Business

Video surveillance is the act of monitoring and keeping track of all possible behavioral aspects and other varying characteristics of personnel that is inclined towards the protection and managing of the person. There are several ways to monitor a person which is either by closed circuit television (CCTV) equipment recording the activities or even by the unconventional method of interception of a person’s personal networking data. However, businesses choose to go with the former rather than the latter as the latter one is complex and requires a vast knowledge of surveillance security and other relevant investigation concepts. While CCTV or surveillance cameras are manufactured by many companies to provide protection and security to a business via video surveillance, these video surveillance techniques need to be done right in order to make the best use of them. Ways to use video surveillance: Here are a few methods and ways to use video surveillance to protect your valuable business more efficiently while being more cautious as well. Surveil and observe the stock chambers and rooms: Surveillance cameras are to be installed in the more remote and isolated areas of the business such as the back vault or the stock room hallways for many reasons. It provides safety to the employees while making the stock exchanges happen in these rather not so visible areas of the business. Video surveillance can help you keep an eye on employees who tend to steal company stuff such as pen, other stationaries or items of small value. Parking area security: Protection of a customer is the sole responsibility of a business. Allowing a customer to park...

Do Security Alarms Decrease the Chance of a Break-In?

Your home is your most valued asset and the most common threat to your asset can be a burglary. Security alarms do not guarantee immediate response from the police, however the best thing they can do is to decrease the chances of break-ins as it will deter the thief from breaking into a house that has security alarms or limit the time of stay of the burglar in your house. Home owners are more interested in knowing the response time the security companies assure by their security alarms. To that end experts suggest that security alarms play a major role in scaring and thwarting the burglars away rather than prompting a speedy reaction from the police. Response from police varies from city to city, so a security company cannot guarantee how fast the police will reach your house, but it can guarantee that crime will be highly deterred and the loss that you might face due to a burglary will be exceedingly limited and reduced. The Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice situated in Newark, New Jersey has reported on the basis of a study performed by them that an increase in the number of security alarms in residential houses resulted in a substantial decrease in the number of burglaries that used to take place during a five year period. Another study by famous researcher Joseph Kuhns that was done with the help of the Dept of Criminal Justice & Criminology at the University of North Carolina situated in Charlotte, said that when the researcher interviewed 422 burglars who were arrested about their reaction to security alarms at home,...