How quick and easy is it for someone to break into your home? The answer may surprise you! And it is up to you on how easy it can be done and just how easy your often innocent actions can give a potential thief the resources they need to break into your home. Statistics indicate that home invasions and vehicle break-ins are on the rise. The internet can be your friend but it can also be your enemy. There are literally thousands of sites and videos that demonstrate how to manipulate doors and simple locks to gain entry into homes and vehicles. The good news is you can take charge and follow the necessary steps to protect yourself and your property.

Break Ins in My Neighborhood

The number one form of entry into your home is your front door because although the main door lock is what most people secure when they leave their home, they often neglect to lock the deadbolt above it which inadvertently allows easy access into the home. The most common items stolen from homes and vehicles are weapons, medications, electronics, jewelry and other small items that are easy to pick up and worth some money. But remember you are in control and you can protect your home and belongings by following the expert advice of the experienced and knowledgeable locksmiths at California Lock & Key.

California Lock & Key has prepared some actions you can take to secure your home and help prevent theft and break-ins:

Contact California Lock & Key for a home security evaluation. Our highly trained locksmiths can recommend a locking protocol, including upgrading your locking mechanisms, adding addition locks to patio doors and windows, advice on home security and installing a home safe for precious valuables and keepsakes.
• Don’t leave expensive items such as bicycles or scooters outside. It is an open invitation to lure thieves onto your property. Lock these items in your garage out of sight.
• If you purchase new items such as a TV or other pricey electronics, don’t leave the packaging box outside beside the trash. It is an instant advertisement to let everyone know you have something new and it may leave them wondering what other items you have inside your home.
• Leave a light on, along with music or the TV when you leave your home, doing so is an instant deterrent since a would-be-thieve won’t be able to tell that you are not at home which will dramatically lessen the chance of a break-in.
• Change your routine up so you are not leaving your home to run errands at the same time each day. Coming and going at different times will confuse would be burglars and make it hard for them to pin point your whereabouts.
• If you have sliding glass doors or windows always lock them before leaving your home. The professional locksmiths at California Lock & Key can advise you on the best sliding door and window locking systems for your home.
Don’t leave a spare key outside, anyone could be watching and see you retrieve the key and know exactly where you hide it. It’s just a matter of time before a thief comes to get it and breaks into your home.
• Getting to know your neighbors and the people who live near you is one of the most important safety steps that you can take. Close knit neighborhoods generally experience fewer break-ins as neighbors are more willing to keep an eye on each other’s property and strangers will be immediately noticeable.
Lock it up! Locking windows and doors are a must for protecting your home and belongings, along with contacting your California Lock & Key professional locksmith service to upgrade your locking systems is the best thing that you can do to protect your property.

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Contact the experienced staff at California Lock & Key today and schedule your home security evaluation. Our locksmiths have the skills and quality equipment to ensure that your home or business is properly protected and secure from would be theft and break-ins.