ADD ON DEVICES FOR HOME SECURITY

The home is the center of the of your comfort zone,  and we understand how important it is that you feel grounded in you and your family’s sense of security. The safety of your loved ones and livelihood is an absolute top priority, and besides locking your doors at night, there’s a bunch of other things that you can do to make sure that you have the highest possible level of safety and security.

 

The first thing that you need to do is make sure all your existing locks are upgraded. Most locks on American homes can be picked or bumped by criminals. If you install a pick proof, high grade, high security lock you are ensuring the safety of you and your family, and making it much harder for any criminal to break into your home. Your local neighborhood locksmith should be able to assist you in determining what’s the best lock for your particular door. Because of your locksmith’s expertise in what tactics and methods criminals use to get access into your home, he can advise you on which locks provide the absolute best levels of defense.

 

One idea for an add on device to bolster your door’s security is this new product called the Door Devil. This handy tool fits directly on to your door jamb and makes it absolutely impossible to kick in. You may be wondering who would ever be trying to kick in your door – but there’s actually a likelihood of this happening once you install high security locks onto your doors. Once any potential thieves encounter problems breaking their way in through the tough lock, they will likely be frustrated enough to try to kick the door in or cause enough damage that they can get the push over the lock that they need in order to get access.

 

Another way to increase your home security, is to add an integrated monitoring system. These systems have a large range of variance in exactly what features they offer – the majority of them place a device directly onto your entrance doors so that whenever the alarm is set off and the door opens, an alarm sounds, usually automatically calling the closest police department – or the security agency that you are using. Some of these devices have extra features that can be added on, like motion sensors (these can be triggered by pets or sleepwalking,) door knob sensors, or window alarms. Window alarms are a fantastic choice, as the majority of thieves will attempt to get in through windows when they notice that the door is protected by a security company. Home security systems that allow for video monitoring on closed circuit cameras wouldn’t be a detriment to your security, so if you can, install those too. These cameras are compact, handy, and can be installed at almost any point in a home. If your home sits on a large area of land, or if you have valuables or equipment stored right outside your home, it’s absolutely worth investing in a closed circuit camera.

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BIOMETRIC SECURITY

Great advances have been made in the last few years with biometrics technology on the residential consumer level. This allows homeowners to get easy protected security and access to their doors without the need to search for keys. Biometric locks use thermal or optical scanners to memorize and read your fingerprints (or the fingerprints of those who have access to your home.)

 

It’s usually fairly easy to open biometric doors; simply press your fingerprint (or hand, depending on the machinery set-up,) and the device will detect your unique characteristics. Then, simply press an authentication code into the attached keypad in order to open up the lock.

SPECIAL FEATURES AND THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BIOMETRIC LOCKS

  • No more keys. Since you take your fingers everywhere with you, biometric locks offer the most convenience and fast entry for authorized users.

  • Biometric Based Power – Most biometric security systems have alternate modes of key access just in case the battery operated systems stop working.

  • It’s important to understand that some biometric scanners will stop recognizing your fingerprints if you receive a cut on your fingers or develop a scar that covers your fingerprints.

  • Pricing – most biometric doors range in price from 69 dollars to 300 or more, and most can be easily purchased at home improvement or hardware stores.

 

HERE’S THREE OF THE LATEST BIOMETRIC SECURITY INNOVATIONS ON THE CONSUMER MARKET:

 

  • The SecuGen Hamster Optical Fingerprint Reader can be linked up to any Windows operating system as a computer based security protocol. This device was designed to work using specially written software to create high-quality records of fingerprints from a wide range of fingers – even wet, dry, aged, or scarred skin, any any type of ambient weather, even rain or direct sunlight.

  • The BioBox fingerprint safe is portable, sized small enough to store items like cash, jewelry, medication, or even a gun. Simply press the tip of your finger into the scanner for one second access. You can store up to 30 fingerprints, so it allows for a wide breadth of users, and works simply with only four AA batteries.

  • The BioAxxis Biometric Deadbolt sounds an incredibly loud alarm if anyone tries to fiddle with it or break it. This lock was named one of the best fingerprint door locks on the market by Good Housekeeping’s research division, and is priced at a mere 69 dollars.

GUN SAFES

Gun safes have interiors that are meant to hold long guns, such as rifles, shotguns, carbines, and muskets. Long guns are usually defined by the extended lengths of their barrels, as opposed to the length of the weapon mechanisms itself. The National Firearms Act sets a minimum length for shotgun barrels at 18 inches and 16 inches for rifles. The majority of gun safes are at least 53 inches tall, however their specific size and layouts are different based on the model and manufacturer.

 

Gun safes are somewhat cheaper than home safes of similar sizes, since they are more widely manufactured and more intensely discounted. They are available in many sizes and colors, including bright, pastelly, pink varieties.

 

RATINGS

Gun safes are usually rated as Residential Security Containers (or RSCs.) Some un-rated gun safes are available, which isn’t a problem for people that are unaware of the rating system – however, many insurance companies offer protection for safes that meet a minimum RSC rating. These companies monitor the rating of safes based on the thickness of the door and body steel. They can be rated from B down the alphabet scale. The RSC listings are made based on testing by professional safe-crackers who attempt to gain entry into the safe working off complete blueprints of the lock mechanism. If these technician/testers cannot gain entry into the safe within 5 minutes, then that model and make of safe will receive a letter certification.

 

FIRE RATINGS

Most gun safes are fire rated between 20 minutes to over 2 hours. Gun safe manufacturers have the option of using a wide variety of testing groups, and can even fund their own tests. Because of this, fire tests for gun safes aren’t uniformly applied across the range of separate brands; if you’re looking for a specifically fire rated gun safe, it might be smart to research the exact specifications for the manufacturer’s testing to ensure that it qualifies for your requirements.

 

Important things to consider

  • Consider the value of the property you will be placing in the safe when purchasing it; this way you can have a clearer idea of what rating you will require.

  • If you’re buying a fingerprint scanner safe, enter the same fingerprint multiple times from different angles – this way, in case of an emergency where you need to quickly open the safe, you can be sure that the safe will be able to get opened quickly and easily.

SECURITY AUDITS

You don’t need to be absent from your home or business for days for a burglar to be able to break in and steal your belongings. Burglars can break into steal from you and leave you with serious physical loss in a matter of minutes or hours. This is why having a professional security audit performed is incredibly important.

 

Security audits can be simply defined as a security check performed amateurly by a homeowner, or a professional like those at SOS, who will check all security systems, and make sure that they are working properly. Security audits are of vast importance, as they highlight the true level of security in your home, and whether or not it’s exposed to burglaries.

 

SECURITY SYSTEM TESTING

Residential security audits take a macro view of your home security – you take on the perspective of the burglar to see if there’s any holes in the security infrastructure or loopholes that you can squeeze through. It can open your eyes as to what areas of your home are most vulnerable, like unsecured doors, broken locks, windows, or walls, or exposed and easy to access windows. This also helps test the resiliency to burglary attempts of existing security infrastructure.

 

CONFIDENCE AND PEACE OF MIND

Living in a property with an untrustworthy security system isn’t fun. Whether you’re concerned about the lock system’s stability, or unprotected sliding doors on your patio, you’re going to sleep better with the assurance that everything is working correctly. Home security audits help eliminate the fear of unknown security flaws, and allows homeowners a sense of metal peace. Of course, every single aspect and area of the hme need to be covered.

 

HELPS TELL YOU WHAT YOU NEED

Home security audits pay attention to every small detail in your home, and it may help you realize that there’s security items that you don’t own, or aren’t in place. You can then list these items and discuss whether you want to invest in them. Of course, CCTV cameras aren’t always necessary, but they can certainly boost your security – just as much as upgrading your existing locks to deadbolts.

 

ASSIST YOU WITH INSURANCE CLAIMS

Many forms of home insurance exist today that help protect homeowners against burglary fire or other mishaps. Insurance companies have familiarized themselves with the manys cams or false claims lodged by customers – so they now require proof of loss for a pay off. By getting your home professionally security audited, it can end up as a fortunate cataloguing that you can send to any insurance firm during their investigations to verify the truth of their claim. Having a security audit is incredibly helpful, and a wise and practical choice for any homeowner concerned about burglary.

UPGRADING HOME SECURITY

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If you want to make sure your home as protected as possible, you need to determine what security upgrades it needs. You can accomplish this by touring your property, and assessing any of it’s security holes, and where they can be filled. Make sure to write a thorough list about any fixes or upgrades that your home security could benefit from. In this short blog entry, I’ll detail some of the ways that you can spot security infrastructure red flags while touring the exterior and exterior of your home.

 

OUTSIDE YOUR HOME

  • Can you see inside your home from the street? Can anyone walking, driving, or parked nearby see clearly inside your home, and observe what’s going on? Are there many hiding places like bushes or tall plants right outside your home?

  • Is the outside of your home brightly lit? Is it bright enough that you could see any sort of intruder approach from far away?

  • What kind of gate or fence do you have? If it’s perforated you might be able to spot anyone on your property more easily, Make sure to understand that even tall gates and fences wall you away from any of your neighbors – meaning that if a burglar gets inside your fences, your neighbors couldn’t even spot them if they were trying.

 

GARAGE SECURITY

  • Are your garage windows and doors visible? Make sure you can always see the access point to your garage at night.

  • Are the garage’s overhead doors secure and locked, and are any sliding doors on your property secure and locked?

 

INSIDE YOUR HOME

  • Make sure that your entire home is integrated into your security plan – don’t just set up an alarm system and not assess the rest of your security infrastructure.

  • Do your doors and windows have well-functioning, strong, and secure locks?

  • Check all locks to see if they need to be repaired or changed.

 

Exterior lighting and motion sensors are always a good idea, as they are a fantastic deterrent to any burglar that might be approaching your home. All interior locks should be re enforced with a deadbolt for extra security – it couldn’t hurt.

AVOIDING A SCAM LOCKSMITH

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Locksmith scams usually target home and vehicle owners when they are in the need of assistance the most, exploiting vulnerability in order to gouge as much money as possible. In order to avoid hiring a scam or thief locksmith in order to solve your lockout problem, it’s essential to follow these tips:

 

LOOK FOR A REALLY LOCAL LOCKSMITH

Make sure that the Locksmith in question names the specific services they offer by name, and has a stable legal name for the business. If the business has ti’s address listed, make sure to Google the address and make sure that no other businesses use the same address.

 

CHECK THE LOCKSMITHS’ ID AND LICENSE

Make sure to ask for identification when they arrive, and a locksmith licence (if you live in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma , Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia – where they are legally required to carry a license.) Be careful around locksmiths who claim license in states where it is NOT required. A trustworthy locksmith will also ask you for identification before performing any locksmith service to verify that you’re the rightful owner of the locks.

 

ALWAYS GET A COST ESTIMATE

Make sure that the cost estimate that you receive from the locksmith is what they actually charge you. Scam locksmiths will promise one rate and gouge the price up when they actually arrive. Don’t trust locksmiths that promise 10 or 15 dollar services – this is simply too cheap, and indicates a scam service.

 

BE CAREFUL OF DRILLING YOUR LOCK

Be wary of locksmiths who instantly recommend replacing your lock or drilling it. Drilling is usually only necessary for high security locks, and most experienced locksmiths will have the necessary skills to unlock any kind of door.

 

MAKE SURE TO ASK THESE QUESTIONS OVER THE PHONE TO VERIFY TRUSTWORTHINESS:

  • What is your location?

  • Do you want a photo of the lock?

  • What process will you use to get into my home or vehicle? Do you need to drill the lock?

  • Can you give me an estimate, and will this price change due to any factors?

  • Do you need cash or can I pay with a check or credit card?

  • What’s the name of the Locksmith who will be arriving?

SECURITY TIPS ALL CYCLISTS SHOULD IN NYC

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In this blog entry, we’ll discuss potential solutions to the threat of bicycle theft. These solutions are a practice of a balance between practicality, cost, and convenience. Most people can’t carry around a heavy duty chain and eight locks wherever they go. However, with every compromise for convenience, you’re lowering your security. The more security levels there are for your bike, the less chances it’s going to get stolen – less thieves will even attempt the theft, and the one’s that do are less likely to succeed.

BIKE-THEFT STATISTICS

Riding on a bicycle is an integral part of many people’s leisure as well as their commute. It’s an exercise method, a transportation method, and a way to relax. One source of concern for cyclists is how to safely secure bicycles throughout the day – as bikes have become much more widely used, bike theft has also increased. According to the FBI, at least 190,703 bikes are stolen per year – and that statistic is a reflection of reported thefts. A study in Canada showed that 76% of bikes that are stolen are ones that cost under 500$. This demonstrates the fact that even cheaper bikes are at risk of theft – bike thefts aren’t usually premeditated`, but are rather acted on a spur-of-the-moment level.

U-LOCKS

Many bike owners really prefer using U-Locks to the typical padlock because it gets rid of the need to carry around a heavy change – which can be both cumbersome and dangerous. You’re going to need more than one U-Lock if you’re discarding the chain completely – if this is the case, carry as many U-Locks as possible, as it’ll only make your bike more secure. The best points to place the U-Lock is on the frame, the anchor point, and the wheel of the bike. Make sure that both sides of the U-Lock shackle release – if this doesn’t happen, a potential criminal would only need to cut one side in order to free the bike.

PADLOCKS

There’s a massive variety of padlocks available. You can find padlocks for a measly couple of dollars, and you can find padlocks that cost in the thousands. The criteria that you should focus on in your search are the lock’s weight, the thickness of the lock’s body as well as it’s shackle, and a shroud (a piece of metal that covers the sides of the shackle to make it less accessible to potential thieves.) Keep your eyes out for rounded areas on the shackle which indicates that the lock has internalized ball bearings, which prevent it from being “shimmed”, a special kind of lock picking that can be improvised with everyday objects. As a word of warning, try to avoid buying Master Lock products, as their cheap price point is contrasted by their weak and easily broken materials. Be aware that spending some money on a padlock can pay off in its security value.