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Locks and Locksmiths

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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 following:
  • garage door opening
  • window opening
  • interior motion
  • door opening
  • glass breakage
  • 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 if necessary.

    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 references.

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