If there is one thing you would want to keep secure, it is your home. It is the one place that not only has all of your personal belongings, family heirlooms, and expensive appliances, but something far more important. It houses your family. Keeping your family secure is paramount to everything, of course. The feeling of safety and security in one’s own home is an inalienable right in this country of ours. However, we still have those people who wish to infringe upon that right and to burglarize homes. This is a very harsh reality, but burglaries and far worse can and do happen if a home is not secure. Your possessions may remain and your family may be safe in the best case scenario, but there is still a vital piece missing. The feeling of security and safety that you once had in your home is now but a memory.
However, there are steps that one can take to ensure that they can maintain a high level of security and safety for themselves, their family, and their neighbors. No matter where you live, from the most remote village to the most crowded city, crime happens. The best thing to do is to be prepared for any problems that may occur with a little common sense and critical thinking. Most of these measures can be implemented with little or no cost, with the exception of installing a security or alarm system. There is also no guarantee that these measures will prevent a break-in, but your chances of maintaining a secure environment are better with these simple steps:
- If you leave your home/apartment for ANY amount of time to go ANYWHERE at all, lock it up. It only takes a second for someone to get in.
- If you have just moved in, change all of the locks. You never know who might have a spare key. You should also change the locks if you have lost your keys.
- To hide a spare key, put it in a film canister and bury it in an easy-to-remember place. This is not as obvious as hiding it beneath the doormat and is a great way of ensuring a spare is available as needed.
- If any sales, cleaning, or other service personnel are being hired or show up to your home, ask for credentials and verification that they are indeed who they say they are.
- If these individuals are being hired beforehand, check with the Better Business Bureau that the business is legitimate and trustworthy.
Of course, bad things still happen. If you happen to lose your keys, are burglarized, or just have any general locksmithing needs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, give A-1 Locksmiths a call, day or night, at (972)-284-7500.