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Make Sure Your Sliding Glass Doors Are Secure

Make Sure Your Sliding Glass Doors Are Secure

There are areas of your home that are not built for protection, but rather for aesthetics. Your sliding glass door, for instance, is a picture-perfect window that provides light, warmth, and a view of nature. It is not something that provides fortification against attempted breaking and entering. Find out how you can protect your home against these four inherent weaknesses that sliding glass doors have. These reasons are sure to make you want to make sure that your sliding glass door is secure. #1: Sliding glass doors are constructed with simple latches. Latches on sliding glass doors are generally very simple mechanisms that can be easily bypassed by simply jiggling the door a lot. The latches are not built to withstand breaking and entering and create an easy access point for someone to get into your home. Add an extra lock on your sliding glass doors to reinforce security measures around your home. There are several options on the market that homeowners can choose...
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How Long Does It Take to Compromise Your Residential Door Locks?

How Long Does It Take to Compromise Your Residential Door Locks?

Locksmiths have all the techniques and tools to get into your home when necessary, but this information is becoming more and more accessible with the use of the internet. The problem with traditional, outdated, or inexpensive outer-door hardware is that they can be easily compromised. This means your family, home, and possessions are vulnerable. How long can it actually take someone to compromise your residential door locks? These techniques have been around for decades, and are still some of the easiest and most obtainable ways for people to break into your home. What Are Bump Keys For years, professional locksmiths have used bump keys to gain entry into homes for legal reasons. Now, with the use of the internet, anyone can find, create, or obtain a bump key and use them illegally to gain access to your home. A bump key, also known as a 999 key, is a specialty key that can bypass security mechanisms in traditional pin and tumbler locks. These keys are cut to the maximum ...
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5 Tips on Keeping Your Home Secure While Vacationing

5 Tips on Keeping Your Home Secure While Vacationing

Before enjoying some R&R away from home with your family, insure peace of mind by making your home less susceptible to being invaded by burglars. Whether you reside in a metro area like Tampa or a suburban enclave, there are useful measures you can undertake to discourage potential thieves during your absence. 1. Lock up your home. To state the obvious: even though you might be using a monitored or unmonitored security system, it won’t be very effective if you don’t remember to lock every door and window. Whether your home features traditional deadbolts and locksets or electronic keypads, physically securing your entrances and exits is naturally of paramount importance. Also, be discriminating about who you’ve entrusted with copies of your keys – closest friends and family only. After all, nearly 50% of home invasions involve the use of a key. And don’t even think about keeping a spare key in a secret hiding spot outside your house, because no...
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The Best Locks to Secure Your Home

The Best Locks to Secure Your Home

We don’t live in a Mayberry world anymore. The novelty of leaving your doors unlocked has been replaced with the need for safety and peace of mind. Since your doors are the place your home is most vulnerable, selecting the right locks for each one is vital. But knowing the best way to secure your home can be confusing unless you understand all your options. Doorknob Lock The most basic of all the locks is the doorknob lock. These locks have knobs on both sides of the door, one side has a lock, the other has a keyhole. These are common on all household doors, but ideally should be limited to indoor privacy uses. Doorknob locks are easily damaged with external force. Once the knob is compromised, the locking mechanism is easily accessible, leaving your home vulnerable. Doorknob locks alone are not secure enough on exterior doors unless used in conjunction with a secondary lock. Deadbolt Lock Deadbolts are the most popular, widely-used security lock for homes. They...
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How to prevent burglars from compromising your door locks.

How to prevent burglars from compromising your door locks.

Over 50% of all burglars gain access to your home through your front or back door, making them the most susceptible areas of your house. It is important for you, as a homeowner, and for us as your locksmith, to make sure your home is safe and secure by installing and maintaining your locks. Especially living in a bigger city, like Tampa Bay. Burglars can tamper with your locks in several ways. Most locks used in residential households are not top-of-the-line secure locks. There are many different ways that burglars will attempt to open your doors. Here are the most common: Snapping This common tactic involves literally snapping a lock by force. This can be done with a screwdriver, hammer, or other tools. Once broken, the locking mechanism is exposed and your door can be easily opened in just seconds. Bumping Burglars file down the “teeth” on a key, making it resemble a small saw. The key in inserted into the lock and bumped with a blunt object until the...
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