A professional trained locksmith/security professional may do some or all of the following: install locks, deadbolts and other mechanical or electronic locking devices to safeguard homes, businesses, vehicles and other property. Locksmiths also may modify or repair such devices, rekey locks, make duplicate keys or cards, generate or program new keys/cards for locks whose keys/cards have been lost and respond to emergency calls to unlock vehicles, homes and businesses that have been locked accidentally, or whose locks have malfunctioned.
Some locksmiths install and service electronic alarm and surveillance systems. Many locksmiths specify, design, provide, install and service a wide range of electronic access control systems and closed circuit television (CCTV) systems. Because of the integration of electronic security systems with computers and networks, some locksmiths maintain security hardware and software for computer systems.
When new or replacement locks are required, a locksmith assists the customer in determining the correct types of locks needed based on the security risk/exposure, life safety application and frequency of use. The locksmith installs locks and security devices using manufacturer’s templates and/or industry specifications, by cutting or drilling the proper opening in the selected location with small hand and power tools.
A locksmith may sell, service and install safes for home and business use. Banks have many locking devices and related hardware that require regular service by locksmiths such as; vault doors, time locks, safe deposit boxes and teller equipment.
Your home is where you and your family should feel safe. That is why many take up the challenge of making their home as secure as possible. However, it is not uncommon for people to make mistakes when upgrading their home security, especially as they are bombarded with easy-to-access information on the internet by people who think they know better. Instead of helping, some of the ideas found on the internet can damage your home security.
Here are 5 of the most common mistakes people make when improving their home security and what you should try instead.
Using Static Lights Instead of Motion Sensor Ones:
Outdoor lighting provides your home with extra protection from thieves, in most cases. In the case of static lights, however, they cause more harm than good.
Static lights provide burglars the opportunity to scope out your home and know everything they need to know before they attempt to gain entry. They provide light so they can work easily. The neighbors will be used to those lights being a constant so there is nothing to alert anyone to activity outside your home.
Compare this with motion light.
The burglar cannot scope out your home at night. The turning on of the light will alert you and the neighbors to activity outside the home. The turning on of the light will startle the intruder and cause them to think twice about attempting entry. On top of that, they will save you money on your electricity bill, a bonus!
Placing the Alarm System Outside the Home:
Some internet gurus claim that placing an alarm system outside the home is an excellent deterrent for intruders. They can see the home has an alarm, so they don’t bother trying it.
There is a big flaw in this logic.