The holiday season brings a lot of joy, but unfortunately, all those presents under the tree can also lure criminals who want to make a quick dollar. November and December also means frequent traveling to visit friends and family, and thieves know to look for houses that appear empty. Thankfully, there are steps homeowners can take to make a home invasion more difficult and less appealing to the burglars in your neighborhood. At QuickPro Locksmith, we help home and business owners in Atlanta, Suwanee, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Roswell and other metro area communities secure their property. Our experts want to help you do the same for your home. Here are a few tips that can help you keep your holiday merry.
Conventional pin and tumbler locks aren’t always the best choice for deterring criminals. Many home builders install minimum standard locks that can be bypassed by anyone with a bump key or lock picking kit. Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners don’t realize just how vulnerable they are to a break in and never think about upgrading their existing locks. Installing high security locks on your doors and windows will make it much more difficult for intruders to invade your home during the holiday season, and anytime of the years. Most criminals are looking for a quick and easy target. While a determined burglar can still try to drill the lock, or kick your door in, most will simply move to a home down the street that’s less secure. Locksmith Atlanta
While having a quality surveillance system may not stop a home invasion, it can help you identify the perpetrators and can assist police in recovering your items before they’re sold. Also, if you make it obvious that your home entrance is being monitored, they may not risk getting caught in the first place. You can install traditional cameras, or invest in a smart lock system that takes pictures or video of everyone who attempts to get inside your home.
Many people go out of town during the holidays to visit family and friends. If you are planning to take a trip, be sure not to make it obvious. One red flag for intruders is having lights that are always on or off. Integrating a timer into your lighting system will allow you to schedule your lights to turn off and on at specific intervals. That will make it appear people are staying in the home.
Another way to signal criminals is to leave a mailbox bursting at the seams with envelopes and flyers. Not only will this paint a target on your home, thieves may steal mail that contains sensitive information. If you plan on leaving your home for longer than 3 days, go to your local post office and request that they hold your mail. This will help you avoid a break in and identity theft.
If you’re unsure whether your home is at risk for a break in, you can schedule a home security audit. A professional locksmith will be able to check your property for problem areas and provide you with options for making your house more secure.
Is your home secured enough to withstand a holiday home break in? If not, call the experienced team at QuickPro Locksmith. Our effective and affordable services can help provide an extra layer of safety so your loved ones, precious valuables and holiday gifts remain safe. If you live in the Atlanta, Georgia area, contact QuickPro Locksmith to find out more information or to schedule a convenient appointment with a mobile locksmith near you.