4 Ways You Can Outsmart a House Burglar

by | Mar 7, 2019 | Locksmith

Small toy house with a lock and key next to it in Atlanta, Georgia.

If you think having any lock on your front door and a latch on your windows is enough to protect your home from burglars, you are wrong. Today, burglars are getting more clever with the ways they target your home without you even knowing.

Fortunately, there are precautionary measures you can take to stay one step ahead of any potential intruders scouring your neighborhood. That’s why we at Downs Security Solutions in Atlanta, GA, are here to provide you with steps to ensure your property stays safe regardless of being home or away.

Here are four ways to help keep a burglar from targeting your home:

Get the right door lock.

Our experienced locksmiths know how crucial it is for our customers to not only choose the right deadbolt for their doors, but to also have it installed. We highly recommend using security plates with three-inch screws covering the door’s entire wood frame for proper installation.

But keep in mind, not just any deadbolt will keep intruders out. A double cylinder lock requiring a key from the inside is a better option for preventing someone breaking a nearby window, reaching in, and simply turning the lock to let themselves in.

Secure your safe.

Maybe you choose to keep your safe in a closet, cabinet, drawer, or another inconspicuous space in your home, but that doesn’t always prevent a burglar from locating it quickly after breaking in. Most skilled intruders are in and out of your home within 10 minutes and don’t want to risk the time it takes to fumble with the lock or tools to pry your safe open. If they feel pressed for time, thieves will most likely haul the safe with them. To help protect your valuables, we recommend taking your security one step further and bolting your safe to the floor or wall.

Be mindful of what you advertise.

Don’t let intruders know when you are away. If you don’t have a home security camera system or another high-tech way to surveillance your property, you need to consider the next best thing. Talk to your neighbors and arrange for someone to keep an eye on your home when you are gone. Ask them to put your trash cans away or collect your mail and newspapers so they don’t pile up on your porch.

Sometimes, if a burglar suspects you are on vacation, he or she will even go as far as to leave a fake flyer on your door to see how long it takes for you to remove it. All these things can be subtle invitations for intruders, notifying them it’s their prime opportunity to break in.

Choose a trustworthy locksmith.

Many home invasions can be avoided when you choose an honest and trustworthy locksmith, like Downs Security Solutions, to handle all of your security needs. We have the skills and knowledge to install, fix, and replace your locks properly and advise you on which areas of your home to focus your security.

Call us for your security needs

Call us at 404-873-2515 today for more information on how protect your home from burglars. We are here to provide a variety of solutions to help you and your family feel safe any time of day or night.

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