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Dinner Time Burglaries – Crime Prevention

Dinnertime burglaries are a familiar occurrence in recent years. More than 40% of home burglaries occurred during these hours through unlocked doors and windows. Using caution and common sense can prevent most of these burglaries. Crime does not discriminate; anyone can become a victim. By making a small investment of your time and money you can make your home safer and less of a target for a “would be a burglar”. Secure your home prior to leaving by locking all doors and windows and if you have an alarm use it, and set it. Make your home appear occupied, use timers on lights, radios and televisions. Advertise your home as being equipped with an alarm system by using window stickers and yard signs. Alarms should be audible and loud enough to alert neighbors on all sides of your home. Your immediate family should be educated in the home security program and advised of any changes, i.e. alarm codes, re-keying of locks. Supplemental security devices such as pressure sensitive mats can be added to each room. These mats are useful and are easily disguised alerting you of any entry into the home. All exterior doors should be made of metal or solid hardwood at a minimum thickness of 1-3/4 inch. Hardware should include quality strike plates, hinges and single cylinder deadbolt locks with a minimum of 1-1/2 inch throw bolt. Sliding glass doors should be secured with commercially available supplemental locks or at minimum place a one-inch thick broomstick or wood dowel in the lower track. Install shims or self-tapping screws in the upper track above both doors to prevent...

Are Electronic Door Locks Safe for Your Business or House

Electronic Door Locks This is the era of technology. Every industry and every aspect of the average person’s life is being affected by technology, and if recent happenings are any cursor, technology has now also gotten to the mediums a person uses to move in and out of and secure their home – locks. Until not too long ago, the only locks the typical person knew of were geometric shapes in their doors which they had to put a key through in order for them to get into their house. However, technology has changed locks, and it has done so radically. The following are some of the latest types of electronic door locks: • Biometric door locks- Locks that scan the fingerprints of the user in order to authorize their entry. • Key fob locks- Key fob locks, also known as proximity locks, require the user to carry around a key fob which, when detected by the lock in its immediate vicinity, signals it to open the door. • Smartphone-controlled locks- These locks use either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity to allow users to control their door locks via their Smartphones. • Surveillance locks- Surveillance locks require users to enter codes in order to open them, and also take pictures of anyone who manages to open them and get in. Are Electronic Door Locks Safe? Technology has changed the keyed locks the world knew and loved until recently into the electronic door locks of tomorrow. Well the question is, is this change good or bad? Are electronic door locks actually safe? Electronic door locks are safe, but only as much...