Residential Home Security

Tips For Increased Security

Tips For Increased Security

Most people in both Residential and Commercial environments think their locks are enough to keep the bad guys out. They also don’t know that there are simple, relatively low-cost high security lock systems out there that make a huge difference in the security of your home or business.

Did you know?

  • 80% of residential burglaries happen using the victim’s front door
  • 50% of burglaries will leave your locks with no evidence of forced entry (using methods like lock picking, key bumping, unauthorized keys or other devices which leave no outward marks)
  • There is a one in six chance that your home will be burglarized
  • About two thirds of burglaries happen in daytime
  • A burglary occurs every 13.7 seconds in the U.S.

Something to consider in your secured environment:

  • Do your current locks provide physical protection against lock picking, key bumping, drilling or other forced entry attempts?
  • Has your security been tested recently?
  • Has anyone other than family / co-workers had access to your keys in the last year?
  • Are your keys protected against unauthorized key duplication without I.D. verification?

Tips for better security:

Choose solid wood or steel doors. A hollow wood door can be easily kicked in.

Entrance doors should have multiple locking points (e.g. deadbolt + door knob).

If there is a glass window 40 inches or less from a lock, install a double sided cylindrical lock.

Locks must be re-keyed or changed after you move in.

Keep doors, windows and vulnerable areas well lit at night. Consider using automatic timers or motion detectors for turning lights on and off.

Choose a high quality deadbolt and make sure it’s locked at all times, even when you’re home. The bolt should extend for at least 1 inch into the strike plate.

Secure all windows and sliding glass doors with a secondary security bar.

When away from home, never make it obvious: leave lights and a stereo / T.V. working, ask a neighbor to park his car in your driveway, ask a friend to pickup your mail and newspaper. To a burglar it means you’re home.

In apartment buildings, always make sure common area doors are locked and secure; allow lobby access only to individuals you know.

In office buildings or work places with security levels a Master Key System can offer different access level to different individuals.

Remove trees and branches next to your home to prevent access to the second floor.


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Washington, DC / July 10, 2012 / AngiesList.com

“The bolt was stuck. Locksmith had to remove the entire lock and replace. The locksmith answered and provided same day service, which is a plus. Locksmith was punctual and very helpful. He came prepared to work and provide service quickly.” — Lisa Smiley


August 18, 2012 / AngiesList.com

“A saferoom door deadbolt lock was installed. The locksmith selected the lock capable of providing maximum protection, installed it masterfully, and removed all evidence of debris. He did this within a half hour with the utmost professionalism. Outstanding experience. I would strongly recommend this locksmith and will use him again.” — Jonathan Emord


20 Feb 2013 / Customer Lobby

“I called Keyed In and they came over immediately to assess the damage. Unfortunately, my front door handle is a "specialty" handle and had to be ordered. Keyed In worked with me to find the cheapest handle and worked around my schedule to come back to my house (9pm) to do the repairs once the new handle came in. They were professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. I would definitely use them again and recommend them to anyone in need of a locksmith.” — Kory Dubayau


16 May 2013 / Customer Lobby

“Great experience, great company. I would highly recommend. I needed a lock replaced on the door leading out to my deck. The door is very heavy and the lock very old and it was stuck. Keyed In came out and said they could replace it. The guy gave me three options - a low price option, a middle price options, and a high price option. He then noticed that the handle on my screen door was broken. I thought I would have to replace the entire door but he said he could fix it for me. So not only did he do a great job with the door but he also saved me from having to buy and entire new screen door. It was a great experience.” — Dorothy Shildes


1/29/2014 / Yelp

“Foster Property Management in Washington DC has used Keyed In for the past 6 months. They are responsive, efficient and most of all cost effective. As a property manager, our business is based on the quality of our vendors. Keyed In is the best in the business and we appreciate them as part of the vendor team.” — Jean P.