Security is vital these days and having a well secured
home will give you and your family peace of mind.
Whether you choose to secure your home using locks
or an alarm system, choosing a good locksmith will
ensure that your home security will meet your needs.
Before installing any security system, contact your
home and contents insurance provider to find out
what they require security-wise for your insurance.
Types of Locks
The most common types of locks are deadbolts,
dead latches, window locks, and master keyed lock
systems. If you choose to use deadbolts or dead
latches, make sure that they have double cylinders
for maximum security. Window locks or bolts are
important to stop potential intruders from simply
opening the windows of your home externally and
entering via that way. Master keyed systems are
great if you are not a fan of having a key ring
full of keys as one key will open all of the locks
in your home.
Alarm Systems and Safes
Alarm systems are a good way to protect your home
against intruders. Alarm systems can detect the
garage door opening
smoke and fire
Newer alarm systems can detect your pets in a
way that your pet will not set off the alarm system
when they cross a sensor or enter or exit the
house. Systems can be hardwired to the house or
wireless and some systems can be relocated when
you move. When choosing a system, ask your professional
if codes are available for different situations
such as medical emergencies or situations where
you are under duress. Alarm systems should also
come with a panic button.
The locksmith should monitor and maintain your
alarm system, but if this service is not provided,
they should link you to a reputable security firm.
If you keep valuables within your home, a safe
may be a good idea. Safes range in size and type
– some examples are fire safes, gun safes,
floor safes, wall safes, mini safes, and security
safes. Your locksmith should be able to install
the safe for you and provide you with the correct
combination, and be able to change the combination
Selecting a Locksmith
The professional you choose should be selected
according to a set of criteria. Do they offer
a 24-hour emergency service in case you lock yourself
out of your home or another situation occurs?
Can they repair broken or damaged locks or change
locks or alarm codes if the property becomes insecure?
The locksmith should have a Police Clearance
and a confidentiality policy so that the details
of your home security remain secure. They should
also be fully qualified and able to provide customer