STEP 1.One of the best security precautions you can take is to replace or re-key your locks immediately after you move in. Replacing or re-keying your exterior locks is the only way to ensure that only you control the keys to your new home. Don’t make it simple for burglars to walk through your front door with the key.
STEP 2.Your home should have deadbolts with full one inch bolts on all entry doors. These should be installed on front, back and side doors in addition to existing locksets. Another precaution: If your doors have conventional glass panels, consider replacing them with shatterproof glass or with polycarbonate material. You can install deadbolts yourself, with the easy-to-follow instructions and common household tools or you can have a qualified locksmith do the job for you. Even with installation costs, deadbolts may be the cheapest insurance you can buy.
STEP 3.Never admit anyone to your home you do not know. The best locks in the world cannot substitute for caution and common sense. A simple, inexpensive safety device is a one-way door viewer available from almost any hardware store or locksmith. The viewer lets you see who’s at your door without that person seeing you. Installation is as simple as drilling a small hole and fitting the device into place.
STEP 4.It’s crucial to call your local police department for a home security inspection. Many local law enforcement departments will review your home’s security measures and point out any areas of concern.
STEP 5.For a detailed security analysis of your home, contact a bonded professional locksmith who is an accredited member of a national locksmith association. At no cost to you, your police and sheriff’s department will be glad to help when needed. Call them immediately if you see, hear or have a good reason to suspect that a crime is being committed. Many law enforcement officers, despite their demanding schedules, are willing to take the time to make a security check of your home and will point out major flaws in your home protection. Crime is everyone’s problem and preventing it is everyone’s obligation. The next home you protect from burglary may be your own.
STEP 6.Inquire about Neighborhood watch programs. Call your local police department to determine if your new community has a Neighborhood Watch program.