“Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property so that they may more perfectly respect it,” said Gilbert K. Chesterton. So how do we respect our property so much that thieves never have the chance to steal? Well, that takes quite a few measures. First you must understand the loop holes and tricky situations that allow thieves to do their dirty work.
First, thieves love it when all the locks on your home are the same. I’m sure that when you made this decision, you were giddy at how simple it would make your life. Just think! Next time I am carrying three large cases of soda, I can enter any door with this one key, no questions asked. We encourage you to use different types of keys for each door, no matter how big a hassle. Any locksmith will tell you that it’s a bad idea to give a thief an easy way to access your entire home.
Next, thieves enter from the front door in more than 33% of burglaries. When you are installing a door, particularly in the front of your home, consider this. There usually aren’t bedroom quarters near the front door and that makes the front door a safe space for thieves. If any door should get a locksmith’s attention, it’s the front door. One unfortunate consideration is that renters, the individuals most likely to be burglarized, don’t have control over the quality of their doors. As a renter, you should know that you are 85% more likely to experience a break-in. If this becomes your reality, don’t be afraid to ask your landlord for a commercial replacement door.
Lastly, break-ins happen during the day! It’s different than many suspect. We envision someone creeping in at night. However, keys duplicated for commercial use such as AirBNB or home sales are often left outside and give thieves a chance to come in.