Locksmith Guys
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• Change or re-key all locks when moving into a new house or apartment.

• Make sure your locks are good quality. Just because the big home improvement store has it on sale for $9.99 doesn’t make it a good lock. People will spend thousands on furnishings and electronics, but still buy the cheapest locks to secure their property, that just doesn’t make sense.

• Make sure every outside door has a sturdy, well-installed deadbolt lock. Knob sets are not enough to provide good security.

• Only give keys to a few trusted people and keep a list of who you've given them to. If keys are ever lost or misplaced, re-key all locks.

• Do not leave spare keys in obvious places like under flowerpots or welcome mats. Instead leave an extra key with a neighbor you trust.

• Do not have identifying tags on your key ring that provides personal information such as your name or address in case your keys are ever lost or stolen.

• Consider investing in locks with keys that cannot be easily duplicated such as Schlage Primus or Medeco High Security Locks, so you are sure copies of keys are not made without your knowledge.
• Consider investing in an alarm system. Although alarm systems do not offer any immediate protection (simply notification or noise) they do act as a deterrent and should be considered only after strong doors and locks are in place.

• Choose solid wood, fiberglass or metal doors for exterior doors or install security gates. Be sure that the door frames are solid and cannot be spread without considerable effort.

• Install a peephole or wide-angle viewer in all entry doors so you can see who is outside without opening the door. Door chains break easily and don't keep out intruders.

• Make sure back doors and the doors that connect your garage to you home are solid and secured with high security deadbolt locks.

• Use locks on all windows. Don't forget garage windows and crawlspace openings.