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Safety and Security Tips

The most common security threat to your home is burglary. A burglary happens in the U.S. every 15 seconds according to the FBI. Most home and apartment burglaries occur during the daytime when residents are at work or school.

Protecting your Property

Use high quality Grade-1 or Grade-2 locks on exterior doors to resist twisting, prying, and lock-picking attempts. A high-quality deadbolt lock with a beveled casing will hamper the use of channel-lock pliers that can shear off lock cylinder pins. A quality door knob-in-lock set will have a 'dead latch' mechanism to prevent slipping the lock with a shim or credit card.

Select the following for your home or business:

  • Solid core or metal door for all entrance points
  • Deadbolt lock with a one-inch throw bolt
  • Knob-in-lock set with a dead-latch mechanism
  • Four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate into a wooden door frame
Make Theft More Difficult
  • Get a monitored alarm system with an exterior siren
  • Use the window stickers your alarm installer provides you. Deterrence --stopping a criminal intrusion into your home or business before it happens--is the best way to keep you and your loved ones safe
  • Always lock your doors and windows
  • Put deadbolt locks on external doors
  • Change locks when you move
  • Install keyed window locks
  • If you must give out an alarm code to a guest or service worker, call your alarm company to set up a special guest code. Ask them if your security system can be set up to only allow one entrance to be used with the guest code. Change the guest code every 6 months.
Fire Safety
  • Check your fire alarm batteries every 6 months and test each device.
  • If possible, get a monitored fire alarm system hooked up to your alarm system and use a battery back up power set up.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detection system. Carbon monoxide poisoning is an avoidable household tragedy but you need a detector for maximum protection as carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless.
  • Make sure you have fire extinguishers throughout your house.
  • Create and practice a fire evacuation plan for your family. Contact your local fire department for details on how to set up the best plan for your home and geographic location.