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    How to Deter Burglars

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Burglary is a common crime, and one that is easily preventable—all you have to do is discourage the burglar.

    In this video, you can learn how to take a few simple steps to help keep your home safe from burglary. Even just making your home less appealing can keep a potential burglar from ever testing the locks on your doors and windows. If you’d like to learn more about making your home less friendly to unwanted invasion, then check out this video.

    If you want to keep your home safe, trust Houston Home & Lock. We have over 30 years of experience in securing homes, whether you need locks, new keys, or specialized security services. To keep your home safe and secure, contact us today!

    Locksmith Training Basics: How Locks Work

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Locks are made of four primary components, but the most important part is the cylinder. The cylinder houses the pins that match up to the grooves in your key whenever you are trying to get into your home, office, or car. In this video from Expert Village, lock expert Jim Koch will explains how the pins, cylinder, and your key work together to lock or unlock doors, and how to adjust your lock to fit different keys. Of course, you should never try and adjust your home or car locks on your own.

    If you need locksmith services in the Houston area, then call the experts at Houston Safe & Lock. We service all types of safes, including fire safes, gun safes, and jewelry and cash safes. We also provide the best 24 hour emergency locksmith service in town! Visit our website for more information.

    What is Lock Bumping and What Countermeasures Can be Deployed to Fight it?

    Last updated 6 years ago

    If you think that locking your door at night before you go to bed is enough to keep your residence safe, then think again. Even with your door locked, you may not be as safe as you think. Intruders with knowledge of lock bumping can get into your home almost instantly without even scratching the lock. In this post, we’ll discuss lock bumping and what you can do to protect yourself from it.

    Lock bumping is a technique that has existed since the 1950’s. It essentially allows people to open most locks using a ‘bump key,’ which is a specially cut key that tricks your deadbolt into opening. Even some of the nicest locks are susceptible to bumping—in fact, they may even be easier to open with a bump key than lower-quality locks.

    There are two ways to keep your house truly safe:

    1.      Install bump-proof locks, made with specific mechanisms that make it difficult for bump-keys to work.

    2.      There are also other varieties of locks like electronic locks, magnetic locks, and disc tumbler locks that work differently than a standard deadbolt lock. These will be resistant to bumping simply by nature of their design.

    Using multiple locks of different styles would also be a deterrent to intruders. Your locksmith can help you figure out which lock combination best suits your home.

    Another option is to use products that deter burglars from entering your home. 9 out of 10 convicted burglars said they would avoid a home with an alarm system. Making sure your home has a well equipped security system, and posting the information on your doors and windows, will keep intruders from even trying

    Having a reliable locksmith is the most important part of protecting your home from intruders. The expert locksmiths at Houston Safe & Lock Co. will make sure that your home is bump-proof.  We also service gun and fire safes, transponder chip keys, and provide the best 24-hour emergency locksmith service in town. For more information, visit our website and our showroom today.

    How to Identify Your Home Security's Weakest Links

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Your home’s safety is not just about having great locks and alarms (though both are very helpful). There are many weaknesses around your home that burglars will take advantage of if discovered. The only way to prevent this from happening is to find these weaknesses first! Here are some tips on how to find and repair your home security’s weakest links.

    A simple visual inspection of your home will reveal several areas of your house that may need reinforcements. For example, pay attention to the type of glass you use for glass doors and windows. Single pane glass may not hold up when an intruder tries to smash through your window. Several remedies exist for weak glass, including the use of security laminates that make your glass strong enough to deter burglars. If you are planning on replacing your windows, choose a design that is more burglar-proof than your current configuration.

    Another area of weakness is your garage. You should always treat your garage like any other door to your house. This means it should be fitted with an alarm and should always be locked to keep your family safe. Your car should always be locked in the garage, and you should also always lock the door leading from the garage to into your home.

    Making sure your home is well lit at night is also important, but having outdoor motion sensor activated security systems adds extra safety. Some sensors are attached to bright lights, while others are attached to alarms. Either option is helpful particularly if your driveway is very long and far from the road. That way you know for sure that it’s not just something in the road that’s setting off the motion sensor.

    For help on identifying your business or home’s weaknesses, contact the security experts at Houston Safe & Lock. Our locksmiths specialize in high-security home and business solutions to make sure your belongings stay safe, including fire and gun safes and high-end safety locks. For more information or to set up a home or business safety consultation, visit our website today!

    3 Features of a Reliable Commercial Security System

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Commercial security systems an excellent way to make sure that your family and home stay safe. 9 out of 10 convicted burglars admit to being deterred from a home when they realize it has an alarm system installed. When you work with a commercial security company and have a system installed, you’ll have a variety of security options to choose from. Here are three features that you should consider to keep your home safe.

    1.      Security Cameras

    If you can’t see the bad guys, then how will you know they’re coming? In addition to being able to visually monitor your environment, security cameras deter burglars and intruders from approaching your home because they don’t want pictures of them circulating in case they get away. You can choose from a variety of camera options, including indoor and outdoor cameras, as well as night vision or wireless multi-purpose cameras.

    2.      Door and Window Switches

    Door and window switches are the most basic component of your security system. When the alarm system is armed, these switches act as transponders to your system if a door or window is being tampered with. They are usually magnetic and will signal the alarm if the magnetic field is disturbed.

    3.      Motion Detectors

    Let’s say that someone actually makes it into your home without tripping the door or window switches and manages to sneak past security cameras. As impressive as that may be, they won’t make it very far if you have motion detectors in your home. These devices detect motion in any area of your home using radio waves and by detecting body heat.

    Any security expert will tell you that even if you don’t get a security system installed, your locks and safes are the first and best line of defense against unwanted visitors. At Houston Safe & Lock, we can help you make sure that your gun and fire safes are secure and give your doors the proper locks. Our expert locksmiths can even do an evaluation of your entire home to test for safety weaknesses. Visit our website for more information.

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