Monthly Archives: February 2015
Posted on February 20th, 2015 0 Comments
Your home is supposed to be a place of safety and refuge. Yet an alarming rise in home invasion robberies around the country is leading many homeowners to believe safety and security is an illusion. It doesn’t have to be, if you’re willing to come to terms with reality and do something about it.
It’s difficult to say for certain how prevalent home invasion robberies are as compared to residential burglaries. This is primarily due to the fact that FBI crime statistics don’t differentiate between the two. Nonetheless, a home invasion is inherently more dangerous because of the tendency of the perpetrators to use violent force.
Understand the Enemy
The power behind the home invasion is intimidation. In other words, home invaders act quickly and violently in order to instill fear in the hearts and minds of their victims. This fear enables them to do as they please once inside. Often times occupants are tied up or otherwise incapacitated, allowing the perpetrators to take their time going through the home. They can steal jewelry, electronics, credit cards, cash and anything else they believe is valuable.
The first step in preventing home invasion is understanding the intimidation factor. Never open your door to anyone who might pose a potential threat. This gives you the upper hand and prevents potential invaders from assuming you are already frightened. If you decide to speak to a potential intruder, be firm and confident.
Understanding your enemy also means knowing why you might be targeted. Most home invasions are not random; criminals come to your home because they’re looking for something. This means you need to be diligent about protecting your privacy. Be aware that the car you drive, the clothes you wear, the way you carry yourself and the way you communicate tells criminals a lot about you. Be private and carry yourself with confidence.
Home invaders use intimidation to subdue their victims; they use violent force to enter a home. To prevent such entries, you should start by installing double key, deadbolt locks in all first-floor doors. Also be sure to use four-screw strike plates as they make it more difficult for intruders to kick your door in. Solid core and steel doors are another good line of defense against home invasion.
The reality of home invasion is an unfortunate part of the modern world. Learn how to protect yourself and your family.
Key Preventive Steps in Home Security
Install solid core doors, heavy duty locks, and window security devices
Lock all doors, windows, and garages at all times
Use the door peephole BEFORE opening the door
Use four three-inch screws to secure heavy duty lock strike plates in the door frame
Use your porch light to help you to see clearly outside
Never rely on a chain-latch as a barrier to partially open the door
Never open the door to strangers or solicitors
Call the police if the stranger acts suspicious
Alert your neighbors to suspicious solicitors
Hold a family meeting to discuss home security plans
Set the home perimeter alarm at night, if you have one
Posted on February 16th, 2015 0 Comments
New on the market is the Mul-T-Lock’s ENTR smart lock. It has the versatility to please every security conscious homeowner. We have put together a few tips for Chicago residents to get the most out of the Entr Smart Lock.
Biometrics for the entire Family
Everyone who actually lives in the home should be able to take advantage of the biometric entry system to allow access, regardless of whether they have a key or code. The biometric feature can be considered a replacement for a spare key hidden nearby – one without the risk of an intruder discovering the key and using it to access the home. Also, as a convenience mechanism, this feature frees other family members from the need to rush home in the event that someone is stranded outside. Upon installation, one of the first priorities should be ensuring that every family member who needs access is programmed into the lock and able to use the biometric scanner to gain access.
Let Traditionalists Be Traditional
Some people are simply adverse to technology. Most of us have met people who refuse to use common electronics like cell phones because the very idea of being in close contact with something they don’t understand makes them uncomfortable. For these people, the key or remote control key fob is probably the best option. While the lock should still be programmed into the biometric system for emergencies, having an actual key for everyday use can go a long way toward making them happy with the entry system.
Use Temporary Codes for Temporary Access
In situations where someone will have authorization to enter the home temporarily, like a cleaning person or contractor, being able to give them a code to do so is a terrific convenience. The temptation is to create a generic code to give to any such persons. This is a mistake that defeats the purpose of having a programmable lock. The danger when handing over a physical key is that someone could keep a copy after no longer being authorized to enter the home. Having an active code is no different from having a copy of the key. Unless you would feel comfortable handing over a key to someone and letting them keep it forever, delete access codes for these people as soon as they have no further business using it.
Someone Needs a Real Key
Even in a situation where everyone prefers to use the electronic entry methods to enter the home, at least one person in the family should keep an actual key handy. Things over which we have no control sometimes occur. Suppose a vandal targets the home and takes his primitive pleasure in bashing the lock with a stone – the most likely part of the lock to survive this mistreatment is probably the mechanical locking mechanism.
By following these tips, the ENTR Smart Lock can be a boon to both the security and convenience of any family.
Posted on February 12th, 2015 0 Comments
You have probably heard FBI statistics suggesting that a burglary occurs in America every 15.4 seconds. But did you know the city of Chicago recorded more than 14,500 burglaries in 2014? The burglary rate last year may have dropped 19% from the year before, but that does not mean Chicago residents can let their guards down. Each of us must remain diligent in order to protect our families and properties.
The most important thing for you to know about home burglary is that burglars want to get in and out as quietly and efficiently as possible. Anything you can do to slow them down will increase the chances of them abandoning their efforts. Let’s start slowing burglars down starting with first-floor entry points.
Doors and Locks
The easiest points of entry in any home are the front and rear doors. If you are not currently using steel or solid-core wood, the first step is to replace your doors. Don’t want to do it yourself? Enlist a professional Chicago Locksmith company. The second step is to attend to your locks and strike plates. Make sure your first-floor doors are equipped with four-screw strike plates and heavy-duty deadbolt locks with 1-inch throw bolts. While you’re at it, install a heavy-duty peephole that allows you to see anyone standing at your door.
Sliding glass doors and windows are also vulnerable due to inherently weak locking mechanisms installed at the factory. Block your sliding glass doors with a piece of dowel or another commercially available product. As for your windows, you can purchase very effective locks that allow them to be open a crack without compromising safety.
Use a solid core or metal door for all entrance points
Use a quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock with a one-inch throw bolt or preferably a high security locks.
- Use a quality, heavy-duty, knob-in-lock set with a dead-latch mechanism
- Use a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate into a wooden door frame
- Use a wide-angle 160° peephole mounted no higher than 58 inches
Since the prices of good home safes are falling, having a safe in your home is a wise investment. Home safes are designed to keep the smash and grab burglar, dishonest butler, nanny, nosey kids or housekeeper from gaining access to important documents and personal property. Home safes need to be anchored into the floor or on permanent shelving.
- Use the safe everyday so it becomes routine
- Protect the safe code and change it occasionally
- Install it away from the master bedroom or closet
Lighting and Alarms
Lastly, consider lighting options and home security systems. Exterior lighting serves the dual purpose of allowing you to see potential threats while you’re outside and illuminating your property so it can be easily observed from the street. Keep in mind that burglars don’t like to be seen. They despise exterior lighting that takes away their ability to hide in the shadows.
Where alarm systems are concerned, noise is good for scaring away burglars who don’t want to draw attention to themselves. Combining an alarm system with a monitoring service is even better. The two together give you the benefit of using noise as a deterrent alongside faster response times as the result of a monitoring center personnel alerting police.
Effective home security in Chicago is not a matter of dumb luck. By employing the simple strategies we have listed here, you can make your home safe.