Residential Home Security

Recent Increases in Burglaries Show Need for Added Home Safety

Recent Increases in Burglaries Show Need for Added Home Safety

When one thinks of a burglary at a home, images of a masked robber hiding in the shadows of the night and sneaking through a backdoor might come to mind, but truth be told this is just a stereotype. While some home invasions do occur at night, it is becoming less likely that it will be the only time of day when robbers hit. Recently, the Montgomery County police have reported a spike in home invasions and burglaries in the West Bethesda area occurring in the daytime, according to the Bethesda Patch. In order to ensure your family does not fall prey to these criminals it is important to speak with Bethesda area locksmiths about the security options available for your home.

More Daring Attempts to Burgle Homes

It used to be that you worried about your home being targeted for theft in the nighttime hours. Maybe you kept a baseball bat in your bedroom and ensured your phone was close by in case you needed to call authorities, but what steps are you taking to protect your home in the daylight hours? The Montgomery County police reported that from September through early December 2012 there were eight home invasions in Bethesda with the robbers mainly taking jewelry and electronics from homes between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., according to the Bethesda Patch. The police announced that they will be increasing their daytime presence with both uniformed and undercover officers.

Dispelling Break-In Myths

The many misconceptions about when and how burglaries will occur may play a part in people not taking enough steps to secure their home and belongings. The truth is that every 13.7 seconds a burglary happens in the United States and nearly two thirds of these break-ins occur during daylight hours. These statistics can be a bit alarming but should serve as a wake-up call to the real dangers that exist in our own communities. In order to best protect your home, family, and belongings, steps should be taken to secure your house. Some ways to do this include:

  • Installing a high quality deadbolt lock on your exterior doors and ensuring the deadbolt is locked at all times;
  • Choosing steel or solid wood for exterior doors as they are harder to kick in;
  • Not making it obvious that no one is home in your house, by leaving lights or a stereo or TV on inside the home so that anyone that approaches your home to burglarize it will think someone is home
  • Having a security system installed by an experienced locksmith in Bethesda
  • Reporting any suspicious people roaming your neighborhood as they may be ‘casing’

Remember that the more steps you take to protect your home, the less likely a robber will be able to break in.

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Washington, DC / July 10, 2012 /

“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 /

“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.