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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,...

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...

How to Choose a Reputable Locksmith

Every household, business or institution will require the services of a professional locksmith at one time or another. Whenever you just need security upgrades, repairs, or are locked out it is very important to make sure how to choose a reputable locksmith company. By choosing a trustworthy, reputable, legitimate, professional locksmith company you will help to ensure quality in your service & material. Whether the job is big or small, it’s important to do your homework. Emergency situations are not the time to choose a Locksmith. A Locksmith will have complete access to your home or business leaving you vulnerable if the job is not done right. Locksmiths in general are an unregulated trade without requirements to belong to any organizations. Currently, the State of Florida currently does not require Locksmiths to be licensed (like a contractor) and that is scary. There are many scammers out there that take advantage of unsuspecting customers. They may, or may not do the work, but if they do, many times it is for much more then they originally stated on the phone. And later, if problems arise you can no longer reach them. Here is a list of what to look for when hiring a locksmith Listen to how the company answers the phone Find out how long they have been in business Verify the location of the locksmith Check to see if they have a storefront Check if they are BBB certified Confirm company is bonded, licensed, and insured Vehicles marked with company logo/info Request a Free Quote Ask about what tools they use/have Check if they have 24 hour Emergency Services. If...