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Security... How to protect your Home

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Stop and think... How many times have you loaned out your house key, how many copies of your house keys are there and who has them.  The chances are you don't know exactly!

If your family is like most, the kids have keys, there are probably friends who have a key to come in and water plants or let the dog out. For working families there maybe a cleaning service, let's face it there are lots of reasons to loan out your key and it's

not the people who you trust with your key's that are the problem. It usually begins with the people that they trust.  Somewhere down the trust chain, the respect for you, your property and your key looses its integrity and your home becomes just another opportunity for an unknown person in need of quick money. It may start with an innocent remark about something one of your key holders saw or admired, to a friend or family member, this casual conversation may be overheard by someone tagging along with friends of friends.  Unfortunately, this and a contrived opportunity to copy your key is often all it takes, to set the stage to burgle your home.

You are most at risk if:

  • You have standard locks that do not prevent key duplication or protect against physical attack
  • You have ever given others a copy of your key
  • You have never changed your original locks
  • You have created a "burglar friendly" environment


So, how do you protect yourself
                                              against this exposure?

Consider these facts:

  • In 83% of all burglaries, the front door is compromised.
    The chances of your house being burglarizedare 1 in 6.
  • Houses on a corner suffer 40% of all break-ins. In addition, you're more likely to be burglarized if you live close to a major thoroughfare, on a cul-de-sac or on a dead-end street. If you just moved into your home and did not change your locks, you have no way of knowing who has a copy of your keys.
  • There are almost 3 million burglaries annually in the U.S. About 37% occur during the day, when entry by duplicate key is more likely.
  • The average loss in a residential burglary is $1,278.
  • Thieves often force the door in or pry it open. They also resort to physically attacking the lock by drilling, hammering, wrenching or sawing the bolt.
  • Homes with security systems are a deterrent to the average thief, and it does not slow them down. However, once a determined thief enters a home with a security system, the thieves knows they must be quick. From the moment they enter the home through a compromised entry door, it takes 45 seconds for the alarm goes off.  Often the security monitoring company will call to check if it's a false alarm. Sometimes thieves will answer and act the part of a confused homeowner, giving other thieves more time.
  • Bottom line, the thief has a minimum of five minutes before the police show-up, more than enough to take visible valuables, look in all the usual places and make an escape.
  • Learn how to slow thieves down, by increasing the time it takes for them to gain entry and therefore their exposure to being caught

Restore Your Door installs Kwickset High Security ANSI Locks.

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