Your Guide to Home Security and Choosing the Right Locks

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How to Choose the Best Home Locks

We all want our homes to be safe and secure. For many of us, our homes are our sanctuaries, and of course we expect to be able to leave our valuables there without worrying that they may not be there when we return. 

Often, the mark of great home security is an expensive, sensitive, and extensive alarm system installed throughout the property. While, of course, these alarm systems are great for those who can afford them, they may not be enough to save all your possessions once a burglar is inside. 

Many homes are at risk due to the lack of strength and integrity of their windows and doors. An old door, a lackluster lock, or an old door jam won’t keep out determined burglars. It’s important to take preventative measures and the best deterrent is being physically unable to get inside a home. 

Here is your quick guide to great home security and how to choose the right locks for your home.

Step 1: Make an Assessment 

Make a full assessment of your home by answering these questions: 

  1. What are your current security measures? 
  2. If you have an alarm, is it working properly and when was it last serviced? Can you upgrade your alarm system or replace it with something better? 
  3. Look at your exterior doors when locked. Do they rattle when you push on them? 
  4. Is there any rot on the doors or door jams? Soft areas? 
  5. Is there a gap between the door and the jam? 
  6. Assess your current locks. How old are they? 
  7. Look at your windows. Are there any that aren’t double-glazed or secure? 

Step 2: Decide How to Fix the Weaknesses

How you go about fixing the weaknesses you’ve found depends largely on the budget you have for your security upgrades. Of course, the better the security the more secure your home, so don’t cut corners if you don’t have to. 

Even if you can’t afford a digital lock system, it’s important to remember that if the door jam, door, or lock is weak, it can give way under pressure, so do what you can. 

You should also consider other areas of your home security that needs modernization. If your alarm system is old, you may choose to overhaul your whole security system and bring it into the 21st century with all-digital security devices. 

Step 3: Choose Your High-Security Locks 

If you aren’t sure where to start, talk with local locksmith services about what they recommend. We love Medeco locks because they lead the security industry and are the locks of choice for US government and military installations, but are also suitable for residential use.  

There two key different types of lock you can choose from. A mechanical lock, which are all locks that require a physical key, and digital locks.

Mechanical Locks

The best style of mechanical locks is a “deadbolt” style lock designed to keep doors firmly closed, as can be added to a door, or a multipoint locking system. Multipoint locking systems are often integrated into the door itself. If you choose a mechanical lock, ensure that it has been made to industry standards and has drill and pick resistance technology. 

Digital Locks 

Another option is digital locks. These are highly customizable and can act as keyless entry for your home just like keyless entry for your car. These locks can integrate with other security systems, such as CCTV, high-tech doorbells, and other home security solutions. If you have, or are well on your way to having a smart home, digital locks will likely integrate with your current home seamlessly. 

Step 4: Hire Professionals to Install Your New Security Measures 

If you aren’t a locksmith yourself, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to fit your new locks yourself and feel assured of their ability to keep your property safe, especially if you are choosing something high-tech. Hiring professional locksmith services to do the work for you means that you don’t have to spend hours doing it yourself, or risk making mistakes that could be incredibly costly. If you’re interested in upgrading your home and need to enlist the help of a professional locksmith service in the Greater Toronto area, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your needs. Click here to send us a message, request a quote, or give us a call and we’ll answer any queries you have.

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