“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” (Benjamin Franklin, circa 1736)
Franklin may have been referring to firefighting when he made the above comment, but it’s a philosophy that rings true in the locksmithing industry too.
By taking the time to seek out a few precaution measures, you may not need a locksmith to come and help later down the line.
Preventing Home Invasions
Most burglaries are chance incidents. Seeing that a window or door is ajar, a thief enters your home, grabs a few items and makes for the horizon. Very rarely are home burglaries the work of Home Alone style gangs scoping out your property for weeks in advance.
Here then are a few things you can do to limit the chances of a burglar entering your home:
- Always lock doors and windows when you are not in the room
- Never leave a spare key in an obvious place (for example, under the doormat)
- Regularly check your locks are in good working order
- If you’re going away, create the pretense that you’re still at home (using timer lights, etc.)
- Fit an alarm system
For more ideas on keeping your home safe, read our Easy Tips for Home Security.
Statistically speaking, you’re more likely to lock yourself out of your home than you are to be burgled. Taking precautions to lessen the chances of this happening are recommended then.
Here are some of the things you should think about doing:
- Keep your keys about you at all times
- Ask a neighbor, friend or relative to store a spare key for you
- Consider using a combination lock or key-storage unit
- Read our guide: What to Do If You Find Yourself Locked Out
Preemptive Locksmith Visits
Of course, one of the best ways to ensure your locks are in good working order, your windows and doors are secure and your keys are standing the test of time is to ask a locksmith to conduct a thorough security check.
All too often we’re asked to do this sort of check-up after a burglary or lockout. While we have no problem doing this, it’s nice to think that people can avoid the hassle and stress that accompany such incidents.
If you need a little extra incentive, more and more insurance companies are rewarding those that undertake these preventative measures by reducing the cost of their premiums. Avoiding stress is one thing, but saving money is another thing altogether.