Tips to Prevent Burglaries

Based on recorded instances reported to police across a selection of 94 countries there were over 5,250,000 burglaries globally in 2014. Add into that any number of unreported crimes and clear under-reporting from some countries (Sierra Leone 625, Jordan 3, for example) and you get a very large figure indeed.

 

Now this may seem like a depressing statistic, but the good news is that a good deal of them could be prevented by following some simple steps. A combination of awareness, common sense and a little self-education can help you protect your home or business.

 

  1. Be overt with your solutions.

Burglars don’t like security systems and unless they’ve deliberately selected you they will move on to an easier target. Signs work as a deterrent, whether it be ‘alarm system installed’, ‘Warning: Smoke Screen’, ‘Beware of Dog’, ‘SmartWater in use’ etc. Advertising the risks will make a burglar take the path of least resistance.

 

  1. Be aware of your surroundings.

By this we mean make sure windows and doors are closed and locked when you’re not in (on all floors). Leave lights on, or have them on timers. Devices that mimic the flickering of TV screen are now readily available as well. Reduce the efficiency of their hiding places, like cropping back bushes and hedges.

 

Be aware of daytime scams as well, if someone suspicious knocks on your door, always use your door viewer and chain, ask for ID. Be polite, tell them you’re not interested and ask that they leave. If they are particularly convincing then ask them to call back later while you call the company they are representing. Be mindful of distraction techniques as well. Someone could be trying to sneak in round the back while you are busy at the front door. Feign needing your glasses or fetching a letter or the like and quickly check (and lock) the other entrances.

 

  1. Actually have a working security system.

Fake cameras and boxes with flashing LEDs are all well and good, but you run a bit of a risk that experienced criminals might be able to discern them. A loud alarm, the prospect of being on CCTV footage or getting DNA-marked is enough to stop some burglars, the opportunistic ones in particular – though you might need something a bit more hardcore to stop a really determined one. For businesses a remote monitoring system works wonders.

 

For domestic, you could install motion-activated home security cameras so you can check on your home throughout the day using your phone. Plus, you’ll receive an alert if the camera detects motion, so you can evaluate the situation immediately. Or you could just scare them witless with a security fog/strobe combo and be done with it (but we are going to say that aren’t we!) Remember to arm your system each time. And test it regularly.

 

  1. Have bright lights.

Burglars hate bright lights. The brighter the better. And noise. They don’t like loud noises either.

 

  1. Try and mix up your routine.

Be a bit unpredictable. This will totally unsettle anyone watching you or your business waiting for the opportune moment to strike. A recent study carried out in the United States suggests that most domestic robberies occur during daytime hours – between 10am and 3pm. Makes sense, most people will be at work or school reducing the chances of being seen / caught. Consider popping home for lunch some days.

 

Businesses should vary the times they make trips to the bank as well.

 

When you go on holiday make sure you ask a friend or neighbour to pop round now and again for a check, take out your rubbish etc.

 

  1. Get a dog.

Going back to point 1 for a moment, if you’ve got a ‘Beware of the Dog’ sign then why not get a dog as well. Your best friend, your security guard, your new fitness partner!

 

  1. Never hide a spare key outside.

It won’t matter if it’s under the mat, or cunningly concealed in that realistic rock. Leave one with a friend/neighbour instead.

 

  1. Use other hiding places.

Speaking of hiding, there are a whole host of affordable and effective concealment devices out there. The old faithful tin of beans, the fake plug socket. It’s worth looking into these. Burglars want to be quick, in and out in minutes, they will go for the obvious first like jewellery and cash in the master bedroom. They certainly won’t be in your food cupboard.

 

  1. Go for quality.

It may be tempting to get a security system installed on the cheap, but you’ll regret scrimping on costs. Ideally you want good quality gear that conforms to Standards, installed by accredited engineers. Then you can guarantee it will at least work when needed. Rather than niggling over price, just consider how much value you put on the following: peace of mind, protecting your family, protecting your business / staff, protecting your stock, downtime with no stock, increased insurance fees. It’s so important to get it right. Most companies offer a monthly fee so you don’t always have to worry about finding a lump sum all at once.

 

The FBI conducted some research in 2014 that concluded the average amount (dollar value) stolen in each domestic burglary (US) was $2,251 – and that doesn’t include repairs or emotional/psychological damage. Food for thought.

 

They also calculated that less than 14% of all burglaries (again US) resulted in an arrest, citing the extreme difficulty in solving this type of crime. And even if the criminal is caught, you may not get your property back.

 

The moral of this tale is that prevention is key. Stop them before they start.

 

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Burglary Prevention Tips

Whilst your home insurance covers the financial loss you suffer as a result of a break-in, nothing can protect you from the emotional trauma and shock suffered when a stranger ransacks your home and rummages through your belongings. However, there is a lot you can do to help prevent it from happening in the first place.

All External Doors

Fit five-lever mortice deadlocks (or their equivalent) to all external doors and you should lock these doors even if you are out for just a short time.

All Accessible Windows

A large number of break-ins occur through windows. Fit security locks to all accessible windows, i.e. those on the ground floor or near any drainpipes of flat roofs.

Going Out at Night

When you go out for the evening, it’s a good idea to draw the curtains and leave a light on in the living room or bedroom. Leaving the hall light on is not a good deterrent. Keep your garage/garden shed locked. Do not leave garden implements, especially ladders, lying around. They could help a thief gain access to your home.

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Ignition Cylinder Problems; What to do About it!

In a way, your car’s ignition system is like the heart of the car. It sends the electrical pulses needed for the battery to run and for the engine to start and stop. All is good when your ignition cylinder does its job, but what about when it doesn’t? What then? The sad part is that you usually don’t know that you have ignition cylinder issues until you are inside the car, all buckled up and ready to go somewhere! Talk about plans thrown off-course; who needs that? Here at Locksmith Service Chamblee our automotive locksmith pros service vehicle ignitions on a regular basis. We understand how vital it is to have a reliable and safe working ignition system no matter what make or model of car you drive. While you are always free to call our shop here in Chamblee, GA there are a few things you can do on your own that may just resolve your ignition cylinder problem completely. Try these tips first, and then if you don’t get the results you need, call your favorite locksmith shop! 

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Not my fault! 

If you turn the key and the ignition doesn’t start, it’s a faulty ignition system, right? Guess again! The real culprit could be any number of things so it’s best to go down the list and check them off as you go. Let’s start with your gear shift. In order to start your car, you absolutely must be in the right gear. This means PARK and nothing else. You can’t be almost in PARK and be off just a tad; you must be firmly in gear. Modern cars are built to exacting specifications when it comes to starters, gears and ignitions; there is no “almost in gear”; your gear shift must be in the place in order to start your engine. Many a locksmith or auto repair service call has been needlessly scheduled when all the customer had to do is wiggle the gear into PARK. In fact, people are injured and even killed when their out of gear vehicles roll forward or backward onto themselves or a loved one. Always remember to put your parking brake on when doing any kind of auto work or adjustments; all it takes is a second for your vehicle to lurch forward or roll! 

Check your steering wheel 

Often, the ignition key won’t turn because the steering wheel is locked. It’s easy to lean just a little too hard on the steering wheel while getting in or out of the car. Sometimes, this added pressure locks up the wheel temporarily. Not to worry; some pressure on the wheel will release this lock and allow you to start your ignition or remove your transponder key from the ignition lock. AAA reports that many service calls are in fact, due to this steering wheel locking up and that all the customer needed to do was move it back and forth. 

Your next step; check your battery! 

A low battery can cause ignition system problems. Check the power of your battery; the symptoms are often the same as having ignition problems; stuck key and the inability to start the engine. This test is very easy. Put your parking brake on and then with the engine off, try and turn on your headlights or your car radio. You can also test your windshield wipers, power windows or power seats. If they work as usual, it’s not your battery that’s the problem. 

Did you insert the right key? 

At first, this seems like an odd question. Of course you did or how else could the key go in? In reality, this happens more often than people know. Almost all modern day car keys are of the transponder type and often they look very similar. If you live and work with others that have transponder keys, it’s very easy to grab the wrong one and yes, they do often go inside the lock and of course, they won’t work as they don’t have the correct chip embedded in them. Another problem with wrong key insertions is that not only do they not work right; but often these keys tend to get stuck in the lock. If this happens to you there are a couple of remedies. You can try lightly tapping the key from the top downward. Be careful; you don’t want to drive the key in too far; only to loosen it. Don’t get frustrated or too forceful; a broken off transponder key is yet another problem to fix and expense. Our best recommendation is to spray your stuck key with electrical contact cleaner. Just do a spritz or two and follow this up with a spray of silicon lock lubricant. Together, these two sprays perform a dual action that not only cleans your lock; it also lubricates it enough to release the stuck key.  

Don’t call just anyone 

It’s easy to say “call for help” but some kinds of help are well meaning but often, not good. We all know someone that fancies himself or herself; an expert on something. It can be cooking, auto mechanics, massage therapy, interior design, tattoos or anything else for that matter. It’s always nice to have someone that cares enough to offer assistance, but keep in mind that your car is your responsibility and any repairs or adjustments made to it can either help or offer hindrance. The burden of fixing the “repairs” is often an added expense that is simply not needed if something goes wrong. 

Are you ready to say a locksmith? 

There’s no shame in calling in the experts. A good automotive locksmith can be affordable, fast responding and highly convenient. Not only do the best shops offer mobile service direct to your location, they also provide same day service, free price quotes and quality locksmith hardware. Unlike auto repair shops, an automotive locksmith can save you time and money by not having to tow your vehicle in to the repair shop. Try the above recommendations and if you need to; call a locksmith pro! 

Top 10 Tips To Find a Locksmith

It can be agreed upon that one of the most frustrating first world problems is getting locked out of your own house if you’ve misplaced your keys or forgotten them somewhere like at work or home. Another major problem is getting your new home’s locks made. A third one can be changing the locks in case a break-in has occurred. What do all these problems have in common?

  1. START LOOKING FOR ONE AS SOON AS YOU GET A NEW LOCK

If you’ve just moved into a new house, it’s best that you start looking for a locksmith right away. Look for a local locksmith on the internet and make sure you get your locks done as soon as possible. Make sure you tell them to make a spare key as well, just in case.

  1. DO SOME BACKGROUND RESEARCH

Once you find a locksmith nearby, start digging up the internet and asking a few locals about the reliability of the service. You wouldn’t want sub-par services for something like this because it is a matter of your house’s security.

  1. AVOID CALL CENTRE LOCKSMITH SERVICES

It’s best that you personally look up a reliable local locksmith than approach a call centre for availing services. These call centers usually contact any random local service and send them to assist you. You might want to personally ensure that the locksmith working on your locks and doors can be trusted.

  1. ASK YOUR NEIGHBOURS

It is entirely possible that someone among your neighbors must be aware of a trustworthy locksmith. You can even ask them for the contact number of their preferred locksmith. In the instance anything occurs, your neighbors might also be able to help.

  1. LOCKSMITHS DO MORE THAN JUST LOCKS AND KEYS

You might want to find out what kind of task the locksmith you’re considering specializes in. There are a number of things Locksmiths can do other than just locks and keys and a lot of them specialize in certain tasks so in case you’re looking for a specific task that needs to be done, you can approach a Locksmith that specializes in it.

  1. ASK FOR IDENTIFICATION

When the locksmith arrives at the door, make sure you ask them to show a visible proof of their identity. Most of them have identity cards from the place they work for. Licensed locksmiths happen to have a Master Security License Number provided for identification purposes, which is usually visible on their vehicle and identity card.

  1. GET A WRITTEN ESTIMATE OF THE FEES THEY’LL CHARGE

It is entirely possible that your locksmith gets away with overcharging if you do not take a written estimate. When it comes to a locksmith’s job, they should, in most cases be able to provide an estimate on how much it should cost you once they’re done reviewing the situation.

  1. AVOID PAYING BY CASH

All licensed businesses nowadays take credit cards or debit cards. Make sure you don’t pay cash so that in case you need to trace your transaction, it is possible to do it.

  1. BUILD A RELATIONSHIP OF TRUST WITH YOUR LOCKSMITH

If you think you’ve found a locksmith who can be trusted in the long run, make sure you build a relationship of trust with them, so that they can come to your aid whenever you need their services.

  1. GET SPARES DONE

For every key, they makes, make sure you ask that they make spares. It is important that you have a spare key of your house and any important rooms/safes on you at all times, just in case something happens.

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POLICE PROVIDE TIPS FOR HOME SECURITY IN WARM WEATHER

As the weather turns warm, Colonel Vaughn Bond, Jr., chief of police, would like to remind the public of some tips to keep your home secure and make it less enticing for burglars in the summertime

Protect Your Home’s Exterior

CLOSE AND LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS. Use deadbolts with at least a one inch throw. Window screens do not stop a burglar.

Make sure all first floor window air conditioning units cannot be easily removed.

Display your house number in plain view. Reflective numbers are even better.

Install lighting at all entrances, including decks, porches, sheds and garages.

Trim back any overgrown trees and shrubs from window ledges. Overgrown landscaping provides burglars with a place to hide.

Neighbors, passing motorists and police officers should be able to see your windows and doors. Close your blinds at night.

Do not leave ladders in your yard. Be sure to secure them in your garage or shed.

Reinforce sliding glass doors with slide bolt through the frame and a block in the track.

Do not hide keys outside your home.

Do not leave your garage door openers inside your vehicle. Lock interior garage doors.

Alternate the location/direction of your parked vehicle (s) to avoid predictability

Protect Your Home’s Interior

Install dead bolt locks on all entrance and exit doors and make sure you use them every time you leave the residence. Many burglaries occur when a homeowner leaves for only a short time. If you leave it—lock it!

Install window locks. Always make sure ground floor windows are securely locked.

Beware of ‘distraction-style’ burglaries. There are bands of burglars who are organized. One will distract you, typically with home improvement solicitations, while a partner burglarizes your home.

Install a “Door Viewer” or “Peep Hole” so you can see who is knocking at the door. If you don’t know who it is, do not open it.

Do not leave information on your social networking sites or voice mail detailing your travel plans.

Use timers on your lights to give the appearance that someone is home. Consider leaving a radio or television on.

Cut up, fold or recycle boxes from recent expensive purchases instead of leaving them curbside.

Do not leave your garage door open when outside doing yard work or other chores.

 

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Locksmith Tips To Safeguard Your Home During Holiday Season

Holidays are a time to relax and rejuvenate. It’s the time to travel, party and enjoy. With friends and family getting together to enjoy some cherished moments, you’ll certainly not want to come back to a ransacked home. As a lion’s share of burglaries is carried out by opportunistic thieves, holidays give them the perfect time to be on the lookout.

So if you too are heading off on your much awaited vacation, ensure that your home is safe and well protected from unwanted intruders.

Here are a few tips and techniques to keep your property safe:

Inspect and Assess Your Locking System: Your locking system should be effective and worthy. Before leaving check the status and effectiveness of your locks. If they are flimsy and worn-out, go in for an upgrade and installation of a robust security system.

Install High-Quality Lock Gear: High quality locking system comes across as a comprehensive package. From lock and key devices to technically advanced keyless locks, security camera and alarm systems, ensure everything is in place.

Pack the Duplicate Keys Carefully: If you are planning to hide your duplicate keys in your backyard or front lawn; we strictly recommend against it. Instead you should pack and keep them safely. In case you happen to lose your master key, call in a locksmith expert to help you in.

Don’t Broadcast Your Plans: Your vacation plans, your departure and arrival date, all should be a hush-hush affair. Barring a trusted few, do not discuss your plans with others. Also, if you are too much into social networking, put up pictures and videos only once you are back from the vacation.

Check Doors and Windows Too: On the D-Day, don’t just lock and main door, check windows too. Check all possible entry points to your house and lock them properly.

Install an Alarm System: Installing an alarm system can be a great idea. In an attempt of a breakthrough, the ringing alarms will make the neighbors and passersby cautious, preventing a probable theft.

When it comes to upgrading your security system and keeping your home safe, a proficient and expert locksmith can provide you tips and suggestions to help protect and safeguard your home.

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Locksmithing Secrets That You Should Know Now

You often do not give thought about a locksmith until you really need one. The following information will help you find a locksmith is essential to getting on with your life.

Be wary of locksmiths who provide you with one price on the phone and another in person. Lots will try to do this just to make more money. If they tell you the job costs more than on the phone, then you should ask them to leave and hire a different person.

TIP! Prepare in advance to be as safe as possible. Ask family and friends about reputable locksmiths in the area, or consult trade associations and the Better Business Bureau for leads.

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Locked outside your house? Don’t just replace that lock immediately. A locksmith that knows what they are doing will be able to get the door unlocked without needing to replace your current lock. Replacing a lock will cost you more money.

You need to ascertain the individual will have your best interests in mind. Some locksmiths are scammers and will make duplicates without your permission.

Be certain to always get a receipt for services performed by a locksmith. Most locksmiths are trustworthy, but there are those who try to cheat other. This is why you should have proof that you paid for the services in full. Keep the receipt inside a secure place in case there are questions about payment in the future.

TIP! You can avoid extra fees by contacting a locksmith during normal business hours. Locksmith costs can skyrocket after normal work hours.

Get a receipt when the services of a locksmith. That is why you need proof that they were completely paid is necessary. Keep your receipt to ensure you have it available if a payment issue comes up later.

Avoid extra expenses by calling a locksmith during his normal business hours. The price a locksmith charges goes up after hours can vary widely. The after hours fees can almost double on services you need.

Check with the BBB to make sure your chosen locksmith is reliable. That way, you will have a better feel for whether or not you have found a reputable company.

Check with the BBB site to see if you can rely on a locksmith is reliable. This will help you the information you need for your peace of mind.

Do not use a locksmith that changes their quote upon arrival. There are too many locksmiths out there for you off.

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Six Most Significant Mobile Locksmith Tips

Choosing a locksmith demands you to become quite cautious. You don’t want just any guy opening a locked car or truck door, residence, or other lock. The truth is you would like to understand which you can trust the locksmith you select. I have six strategies that can enable you to choose the best locksmith for the job. One of the most essential consideration is their enterprise history. You may need to know if they offer 24 hour emergency service as a locksmith. You also desire to know what safety solutions they may offer.

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Here are the questions you must be asking oneself concerning the 24 hour emergency locksmith in Newport Wales:

  1. Does the locksmith you are picking out have a superior reputation? Have you asked your household and mates, even coworkers who they have used or would use? By asking these individuals you’ll be able to establish the reputation of the locksmith you might be thinking of.
  2. Check out testimonials on-line with regards to a locksmith organization. Odds are a well known enterprise may have testimonials about them on the internet that could help you determine if their small business is appropriate for you.

3· How a lot of years of expertise does the locksmith that you are considering of using have inside the business enterprise? This question will help you in two techniques. First, it is going to inform you if they have been successful more than a period of years to which it’s going to make them far more trustworthy. Second, the cost of their solutions really should be directly impacted by their knowledge. A person with a lot more experience must have much better services, in addition to a reasonable price tag.

  1. Just before you go using a locksmith it is crucial to evaluation other company services and costs. Not all locksmiths might offer you 24 hour emergency services.
  2. Is there a free estimate that the locksmith will give you prior to going to perform? Firms who would like to succeed generally give a courtesy estimate with the work needed when supplying a service like opening a lock. Within this way you can determine in the event the value is actually something you can afford. Also learn in the event the emergency solutions call for an more fee. For more information please visit this link flipkeylocksmith.com
  3. Lastly, does the locksmith have proof of their education? Did they go to a formal school for education or just determine to try locksmith perform?

Most people usually do not think about retaining a locksmith till they have been locked out of a automobile or their property. It is imperative that you don’t wait to find a locksmith in Newport. By waiting till you may need the individual you could come across the wrong enterprise to help you out in an emergency. Rather with preplanning you’ll be able to possess the phone number handy when the predicament arises. Additionally you realize you might have the ideal firm for the locksmith job for the reason that you weren’t rapidly flipping via your on the net phone book to locate any locksmith that may be obtainable in an emergency. We all desire to trust a organization, however it continues to be very good practice to think about your alternatives ahead of time, before you seriously need to have the services.

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Smart door locks, fitness bands, home security cameras, oh my! 5 tips for consumers to protect themselves

Because of technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), our lives are different today than they once were and better, as a result, in so many ways.  We live in an age where one no longer needs a key to enter his/her home. Effortlessly, we can recount to our friends how many miles we have walked and calories we have burned. And we no longer have to be present to turn the lights on or off at home.

However, along with the technological advances come new unchartered waters. The same technology that makes it all possible also comes with security and privacy-related imperfections. Just as thieves could enter your home after finding the key hidden under the doormat, there are often technological ways for modern-day thieves to do the same.

Below are five practical security and privacy tips for consumers of IoT technology including fitness bands, smart home door locks, and the like:

For wearers of fitness bands, disable Bluetooth outside the home.

Because eavesdropping by others within about 100 yards may be possible, turn off Bluetooth while you are out walking, jogging and running. Turn it back on when you return home thereby allowing the fitness band to sync the data it collected with your phone.

If you are using public WiFi, don’t use your smartphone to control your home settings.

Imagine you are sitting in the airport using the free WiFi as you head out on vacation. You want to check to make sure you closed the garage door and then want to schedule when to turn your home’s lights on and off. It would be safer to switch off WiFi and use your carrier’s cellular network to do so.

For users of electronic locking systems, learn how to disable keys associated with your smart phone in case of loss or theft.

Just realized your wife lost her phone? Hopefully the maker of your door lock provides a way for you to disable the key to the front door such as by logging into its website from another device and disabling the electronic key linked to the lost device.

If the device came with a “default” password, PIN, or key code, change it.

Devices often provide default usernames, passwords, PINs, key codes, etc.  Change these as soon as you are able.  When thieves and hackers try to attack you they begin with these “low hanging fruit” before attempting more complex attacks. Would be hackers and thieves may give up and look for someone easier to attack than you.

Do your homework.

Make sure you research whether the IoT device you are purchasing offers security protections.

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