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Common Security Mistakes That Can Be Easily Avoided

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Most home owners are guilty of these common home security faux pas.

As a Locksmith security is obviously a priority to me. At IKS Locksmiths we specialise in residential security in north London . On a daily basis I see cases where problems could have easily been avoided. I also see problems just waiting to happen!

Residential security measures needn’t be complex or costly. Improving your home security doesn’t need to involve expensive home security products. It’s amazing what can be done to further secure a home with just a few easy tweaks to your daily habits.

4 common home security mistakes

 

  • Key Carelessness

Keys in your pocket or easily accessed in your bag can be easily snatched. It’s not uncommon for a pickpocket to follow the victim home where they now have full access to your home. A scary thought.

Solution: Form new key care habits.

Wear your key around your neck!

key necklace
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Attached your keys to your bag with a key chain.

security key chain

We sell this key chain for £11.50

At home keep your keys in a safe place away from the front door.

  • Unlocked Locks

So many people I know have a deadlock on their front door and fail to lock it! This not only puts your home at risk but invalidates your home insurance policy. If you’re not actually locking your deadlock your home insurance policy is of no value. The same applies to all the locks in your home.

Solution: Starting today, deadlock your front door when you leave the house. It will soon become a natural habit.

how to dead lock a door

  • Locks in poor repair

Broken locks are a security risk. Many people don’t realise that their locks need a bit of TLC. A bit of WD40 and an annual check by a qualified locksmith will be low cost in comparison to problems that can occur with poorly maintained locks.

Solution: Spare 5 minutes every few months to lubricate your locks. This is our guide to Lock Maintenance. Have your local qualified locksmith do a free check of your locks on a regular basis.

wd40 for doors
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  • The wrong locks

I commonly attend properties that have been broken into because the locks aren’t up to scratch and they find that their home insurance policy is invalid to boot!

Solution: A security survey is free with most reliable Locksmiths! So book a survey as soon as you can to check that the locks on your property are going keep you safe and tick the home insurance policy box.

free security survey

Putting these 4 simple tips into practice could help you avoid calling a locksmith on an emergency. Why pay emergency call out rates for something that can be easily avoided.

For more tips on how to avoid being burgled read our post on how to get “Inside The Mind of a Burglar”.

If you would like to ask any specific questions regarding security I would be delighted to hear from you.

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