Home. It's where the heart is. There's
no place like it. But most of all, it's where we want to be
comfortable, safe and secure. Unfortunately, burglaries are
almost always a case of an opportunity seen and seized.
You are most at risk if you:
- have standard locks that do not
prevent key duplication or protect against physical attack.
- have ever given others a copy of
- have never changed your original
- have created a "burglar friendly"
The following list of security tips was
compiled by MedecoŽ High Security Locks to help you secure your
The first thing to remember about locks and keys is to keep
keys out of circulation. The potential for theft by use of
unauthorized keys is staggering. Just think of all the people
who have used your keys, from housekeepers to childcare
providers to valet parking attendants. Then, think of all the
places where duplicate keys can be made, from hardware stores to
shoe repair shops. Have you ever been asked for identification
when having a key duplicated?
- Buy Medeco High Security locks with
specialized keys that require your authorization to make
copies and that can only be duplicated by a professional
- Change all locks when moving into a
new house or apartment.
- Only give keys to a few trusted
people and be wary of giving out keys to your home.
- Do not leave spare keys in obvious
places, such as under flower pots or welcome mats.
- Do not have identifying tags on
your key ring that provide thieves with personal information
such as your name and address.
- Install a double cylinder lock on
doors located near windows to prevent thieves from breaking
the window and turning the latch.
- A special Captive Thumbturn
Deadbolt has a removable thumbturn key that provides easy
exit for your family in emergencies. When the thumbturn is
removed, it also provides additional burglary protection
when you are away from home.
When protecting your home from break-ins, check the easiest
points of entry: doors and windows.
- Choose solid wood or steel doors.
Hollow wood doors can easily be kicked in.
- Install doors with the hinges on
the inside of the door so hinges cannot be easily removed.
- Do not leave gaps around the door
frame that would make doors vulnerable to prying.
- Use vertical bolts on sliding doors
so burglars cannot gain entry by lifting them off the track.
Reinforce security by placing a metal or solid wood rod on
the inside track.
- Watch the electric garage door
close completely when you come and go so that someone cannot
sneak under as it closes.
- Make sure back doors and the door
that connects your garage to your home are solid and secured
with high security deadbolt locks.
- Lock your pet door when you are
away. Thieves can convince children to crawl through it and
open the door.
- Make sure your windows can be
- Double-hung windows (the ones that
slide up and down) are fairly safe, particularly if they
have locks mounted on the sides or in the corners.
Landscaping & Lights
When planning your landscaping, think like thieves and know
- Remove trees or branches of trees
close to your home that give burglars access to upper
- Make it difficult for them to
navigate through your yard and approach entry points. Plant
low thorny bushes below your windows.
- Trim your trees and shrubbery;
don't give them somewhere to hide.
- Keep your lawn well maintained so
that they know that the house is attended to and constantly
- In addition to keeping your yard
neatly trimmed and well cared for, keep it well lighted.
Burglars prefer to operate in the dark.
- Install porch lights and be
attentive to burned out bulbs.
- Install motion sensitive lights;
they will not only make you feel safer when approaching your
home after dark, but they will also deter criminals who
don't want to be seen.
- Leave a light on, preferably on
each floor, when you go out in the evening.
Notes on the Neighborhood
Be aware of the physical details, people and happenings in
- When moving, call the police and
find out the frequency of burglaries in your new
neighborhood and how they have occurred, so you know how to
- Participate in a neighborhood watch
program. Post signs to let potential housebreakers know that
your neighborhood is aware of their threat and that you are
collectively willing to protect yourselves. A united front
makes your neighborhood less vulnerable.
- Do not let strangers into your
home, even if they offer free inspections of roof, furnace
or air conditioners. If you are not sure about a worker,
even after asking for identification, call the company.
- Tell your neighbors about
suspicious strangers, including a description of suspects
and their actions.
- Do not go in the house if you
suspect there is a stranger inside. Use the neighbors' phone
or your wireless phone to call the police immediately.
When leaving for vacation, take steps to secure your home
while you are away.
- Remove the thumbturn from your
Captive Thumbturn Deadbolt so that a thief can't break a
window and unlock a door to get in your home.
- Do not be overly communicative
about your vacation schedule or even your day-to-day
- Do not tell people you aren't home
on the outgoing message of your answering machine.
- Put timers on indoor lights,
televisions and radios; specifically, look for timers with
random patterns that suggest movement and activity in the
- Erase the messages on your
answering machine often, so it isn't obvious you are out of
- Ask police to check your street
- Secure all locks on doors and
windows, including garage and pet doors.
- Use new, quality, long-lasting
- Arrange to have your yard
maintained, including having your driveway shoveled or lawn
- Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to
pick up your mail and check the inside and outside of your
house every day.
- Do not close all shades and
curtains; it will be too obvious that you are away.
Be proactive about your home security.
- Do not display valuables to the
- Conduct a security inspection.
Contact your local crime prevention office or a professional
locksmith to conduct the survey for you.
- Make a list of trouble spots and do
what you can to correct them.
- Look for ways to secure all
entrances and openings.
- Dogs really are a deterrent. Not
only do they often frighten intruders, they also warn you.
- Do not provide access to your keys.
For example, valet attendants can make copies of standard
keys within minutes, and they have access to your address on
- Be proactive in protecting your
keys against duplication without your knowledge or
permission. Install good quality locks (such as Medeco
Security locks) that provide patented protection against