Every 14.6 seconds, a burglary takes place in the United States. Apart from the sometimes devastating financial effects, a home invasion or burglary can leave you feeling helpless, emotional, or scared. I was the victim of two burglaries and one home invasion as a child in southwest Florida and I only wish my parents had the tools, knowledge, and technology to secure our family’s home that is available today. Thankfully, the chance of being victimized by a truly professional thief is low in the average American neighborhood, but those odds can go up dramatically in high-income areas where the rewards of precious jewelry, fine art, gold, or other valuables are more enticing. No matter where you live the stakes are high and protecting your loved ones and property from a burglar is absolutely paramount.
Garage doors offer a convenient way to enter and leave your home, both for homeowners and for criminals. In the police department, I often received calls from terrified homeowners who had come home to find a stranger in their garage, drove up to their house just to find their garage door open, and even a homeowner who had successfully trapped an invader in his garage. Here’s our garage door security tips so this doesn’t happen to you! Take a few moments to properly secure your home by implementing these simple, affordable garage safety tips from the owner of “A” Locksmith, a former police officer who’s seen it all.
Deciding where to install your home safe isn’t always an easy decision to make. You must compromise on several different fronts based on convenience, security, and protection from threats. On one hand you want your jewelry, documents, and home defense weapons close at hand, but on the other hand you want to make sure your valuables are as protected from danger as possible. We’ll explore the best places to install your safe based on the three biggest threats: burglary, fire, and flood. Then you can decide what makes the most sense for your home and needs. We’ll also tell you the worst place to install your safe.
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A rash of home invasions in gated Collier and Lee communities have been traced back to improperly secured, yet locked, sliding glass doors. If you have sliding glass doors, you may be surprised to learn how easy it is for a criminal to pop a locked sliding glass door off the track and gain entry to your home. Sliding glass doors are a favorite access point for Naples home invaders as they can be breached quickly, stealthily, and almost silently. Videos online teach burglars how to best defeat the locks on a sliding glass door putting homeowners at grave risk. After decades of being in the security business, insight from crime analysts, and police officers, “A” Locksmith has found the best solution for sliding glass door security: the highly effective, attractive, and affordable double bolt lock. Call “A” Locksmith today for a free phone quote to secure your sliding glass doors.
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Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security in your gated community. Property crime is still a big problem, even in neighborhoods with security guards and gates. Two Naples homes were victimized in two days in Pelican Marsh, both break-ins occurred by defeating the home’s sliding glass door locks. 1 out of 32 Naples homes will fall victim to property crime, much higher than the national average according to Neighborhood Scout. Call our shop and secure your sliding glass doors today.
The sad truth about the security products we trust our family’s safety with is that many just aren’t up to par. Today, criminals can watching lock picking videos online, can copy your keys from their smartphone, and know just where to kick to break down your door. With technology creating more sophisticated burglars, it is time to step up the technology on your home’s security. Learn what weak-points could be putting your home at risk and what to do about it. When you are ready to secure your home, we hope you will give “A” Locksmith a call.
A lock rekey is one of the most affordable and most effective ways to deter crime. Your odds of being a victim of property crime in Naples are 1 out of 37. Let’s get proactive about protecting our homes. Learn under what scenarios you should rekey your locks and why. Call “A” Locksmith today for a free rekey quote.
Traditional lock hardware can be picked in mere seconds with a few simple tools found on the internet. YouTube videos teach criminals how to gain access into homes and businesses through traditional locks with ease. High security Mul-T-Lock cylinders can greatly increase the effectiveness of your existing door hardware, offering the best resistance to bumping, picking, and forced entry techniques. “A” Locksmith can simply switch out your traditional lock’s cylinder with a Mul-T-Lock cylinder. This is a cost effective solution that is a critical first line of defense against burglars and home invaders. Here’s what you won’t have to worry about if you make the switch.
We may live in a beautiful paradise, but criminals know no boundaries. Don’t let the balmy breezes lull you into a false sense of security. Get the facts about crime in Southwest Florida by checking out the Crime Reports mapping tool, available for free online.