Avoiding Holiday Break-Ins

People use locks to guard their safety and security. And there’s no time they need it more than during the holidays, which are notorious for break-ins and burglaries.

That’s why the team here at Omega Locksmith wanted to take a few moments to talk about some things you can do to keep your home safer.

Get screw-type window locks.

They’re super hard to open from the outside, and your homeowner’s insurance plan will typically give you a discount if you have them.

Get a monitored home alarm system.

There’s nothing like having a system which calls the police for you when you have an intruder. Deadbolts are your first line of defense, but burglar alarms are your second.

Control access to information.

“Loose lips sink ships” applies to home security just as easily as it applies to wars. Make sure you’re careful not to broadcast times when you’re not at home or don’t plan to be at home. Watch those social media posts, too. That innocent “check in” from the mall cafe tells everyone you’re not home as surely as announcing your vacation plans does.

Don’t leave branded boxes at the curb.

Take that big screen TV box out at the last minute on garbage day, or take them yourself. Otherwise, you’re running advertisements for burglars who might be interested in stealing your holiday presents. Why leave enticements for The Grinch?

Control access to keys.

Believe it or not, most burglaries are “inside jobs.” This means it’s often someone who you know–someone who may even have access to one of your keys. And with key copying apps making it easier than ever to get a copy of your keys fast, you absolutely must be careful who you allow to gain access to your keys.

Don’t let anyone have a key unless they absolutely need one. And if you think people already have keys who really should not, consider calling us to order a residential re-key. Better to be safe than sorry. Call Omega Locksmith to schedule your re-key today.