Securing Your Home by Securing Your Garage

Some houses allow you to go through the garage to enter into your home. This is both a blessing and a curse in the sense that it offers you convenience but it can also be dangerous. It is dangerous if someone gets inside your garage, without authority, and enters into your home. Even though it isn’t often the way a burglar enters into your home. What we want our customers to understand is that even though it isn’t a popular way to enter into the home, it is one way that someone can easily gain access into your home. Here at Birmingham Locksmith Pro in Birmingham, AL, we want you to be ready for what could be expected if you do not take certain precautions.

 

Suggestions for Better Securing Your Garage

 

Residential Locksmith

Install Durable Panel Doors-             When a burglar is attempting to get into your home, they are going to look for the route of least resistance. They want to find a way to get into your home without too much effort. Their objective is to get in and out quickly. If they notice that your garage door offers them the opportunity they are looking for, they will use this opportunity to their advantage. If you want to make sure that no one is able to get inside your garage and eventually your home, you should really consider investing in a durable door. The garage door should be strong and durable but the door that leads into your home should also have the strongest and most durable doors. Since some of your garage doors are located toward the back of your home. You will need solid-core doors installed so that no one is able to gain access into the garage. Along with a durable solid-core door, we would also suggest that you have a dependable lock that cannot be easily compromised installed. The type of lock that we recommend most often is a deadbolt. This type of lock is the type of lock that most burglars will run away from. It simply takes too long to compromise. So having a good lock is a must!

 

Since there are all types of doors we have to address the ones that have windows since they can also become problematic. The problem is due to the fact that people can see inside your garage. This gives them all they need to determine whether or not your home is the one they want to break into. If they see things inside your garage that are of value to them, they don’t mind taking the risk. It is up to each individual homeowner to make sure that they keep their home safe from intrusions. This means even your garage. If you are going to avoid a break-in, you’ll also have to consider tinting your window or having something hung up so that no one can see inside. Why give them a reason to break into your home? Conceal your belongings and keep out potential burglars.

 

Have High-Tech Security InstalledWith so many different types of security systems, there is no reason that you shouldn’t have one. The best type of system that you could have is one that enables you remote access. With a remote security system you are able to see what is actually taking place inside your home at any time of the day. If you are notified via your security system that someone has entered your garage, you can see them for yourself. You are able to act fast to ensure that they are not able to make their way inside your home. Some of the security systems will allow you to give someone a code to get inside without your being there. The best type of remote is one that has a rolling code that can be changed as needed. The key to utilizing and having access to this type of remote security system is to make sure you have a reliable Internet connection. You don’t have to contact a security company to install your security system; a qualified locksmith is capable of installing your security system for you. Having a remote security system gives you the peace-of-mind that you want and need along with the convenience of being able to remotely monitor your home.

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Stay Alert- Regardless of whether or not you think that you are already as alert as you can be, we all let our guard down every now and then. The key to making sure that no one is able to get inside your home is to ‘always’ be alert. Make sure you always keep safety first and don’t allow anyone to catch you with your guard down. If you have the habit of leaving your garage door open, you should pay extra attention to this whenever you are leaving your garage. Even if you’re running out to just grab something, close it behind you because it is so easy for someone to slide into your garage without your noticing them. Everybody in the house should also be aware of the fact that somebody can enter your home through the garage and they should also be alert to the possibilities. Don’t just tell them that this can occur, let them know how this can happen. Tell them to make sure all garage remotes are out of plan sight, when pulling out of the garage, make sure the door is completely closed behind you before pulling off, set the alarm every time you leave the garage. These are all things that can benefit everyone in the home and can help to prevent an unwanted intrusion.

 

Most of the things we have mentioned seem like common sense, however, it is more common that people forget to do these basic things. This is why we felt the need to mention them to you. If you have never thought of the possibility of someone getting inside your home through your garage, now you are aware of this possibility and can do something to prevent it.

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Tips to hire a good locksmith

In a town the size of Birmingham, AL you can find hundreds of locksmiths. They are literally everywhere you look. You can find locksmith shops online, on billboards, in the yellow pages, on windshield flyers, even on business cards stuck on coffee shop bulletin boards. With so many options to choose from, how do you know which one(s) to hire? Is your choice really that important? Aren’t all locksmiths pretty much the same?

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The answer may surprise you, but there ARE differences and qualities that you need to be aware of. Think about it; a locksmith is someone that is working to help secure your access to home, auto and business properties. If they help you get access, it means that THEY can get access, too! Wouldn’t you want someone trustworthy and skilled for a job like that? Of course you would! A lot of folks are more selective when hiring a gardener or a common handyman than they are when choosing a locksmith. The technician you select needs to be licensed, bonded, insured and fully mobile (at the very least!).

Is licensing important or just prestigious?

It’s actually both. It’s hard to believe, but people sometimes avoid calling a licensed technician in an effort to avoid having to pay more. This kind of thinking is foolish. Would you go to an unlicensed doctor or dentist? Of course not! Here at Birmingham Locksmith we take credentials seriously and so should you! Having a license is more than a just a piece of paper; it is validation that proper training and skill procedures were followed and that accountability to a licensing board is involved. Having proper credentials doesn’t have to mean higher prices, either. Not only are our Birmingham Locksmith technicians affordable, but many other local Birmingham, AL locksmith shops are, as well. If you need something simple like key cutting or door knob changing, call anyone you like, but when it comes to real locksmith tasks like lock replacement or transponder key programming use only real lock professionals and get better quality as well as peace of mind!

Be proactive!

It never hurts to be ready for ANY need. This includes locksmith service, too! If you lock yourself out, or come home to crime damaged locks, having a fully vetted locksmith already logged into your smart phone contacts is good to have. Instead of stressing out over trying to locate a technician and calling to see if they are available, just reach for your mobile device and tap to call! We recommend adding at least two shops or technicians to your smart phone and making sure that your loved ones, roommates or key staff members do the same. If you never need to use them; great! But if you do; they are only a fast phone call away at any time, day or night.

Insist on this one!

Choose a Birmingham, AL shop that offers 24-hour service; that’s important. Locksmith problems don’t keep regular hours; in fact, it seems that they happen when we least expect them and mostly AFTER hours. While ads often claim 24/7 service it’s smart to check and see if they really provide it. You might be locked out of your car late on a weekend night and not feel so safe in whatever neighborhood you are in. Or, your home might have been burglarized on a holiday and your locks were so badly damaged that you need new ones. The last thing you want to deal with now is a late show (or no-show) technician; not when you need one immediately! Our shop uses live response, 24-hour telephone staff to ensure that your call is handled with the utmost speed and attention. Insist on similar personal attention from the locksmith shop you choose to work with.

Check for unresolved issues

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Every local business has complaints from customers from time to time; that’s not the problem. It’s the unresolved ones that tell a different story. Look for online reviews on the company you are considering and see how problems were taken care of. Check Better Business Bureau records for problems that were not finalized in a satisfactory way. The locksmith shop in question does NOT have to be a member but it should have few to none unresolved complaints. A pattern that says otherwise should be a red flag.

Insurance and bonding

Insist that the locksmith shop you select is bonded and insured. Go a step beyond just asking if they are covered, and find out for how much. This is a strong indicator that the company is legitimate and has your best interest at heart. It also protects you from shoddy work that one of their locksmiths may do that might cause property damage or even bodily injury. Note the response of the person you speak to. If they give the information willingly and cheerfully that tends to be a good sign. If they don’t know or refuse to answer the question; call someone else! While you are at it; be sure to ask if the company used to operate under other names. This is good to know in case they were previously shut down by local authorities and have now re-opened under a new name. Even if they don’t own up to that, you can still tell a lot by how they answer the question!

Well rounded service

An optimal locksmith shop for you to work with can do more than just make keys or install a peephole. They need to be able to help with residential locksmith services like emergency door unlocking, alarm service and lock replacement. They should also be well versed in automotive lock and key service including trunk opening, keyless entry repair and transponder key programming. Lastly, commercial locksmith service should be available including safe opening, panic bars and keypad devices. Having an “all in one” locksmith shop that is fully certified and available 24/7 is what you should be looking for. Spend the time and effort to find one now and it will pay off in big dividends down the road when you need to use them!

How Access Control Benefits You

Acess Control

Access control systems enable you to control the movement of specific people. There are some people who you want to gain access into a certain area and those whom you do not. With an access control system, you have another layer of security. This type of system really comes in hand for schools, government buildings, hospitals, laboratories and other types of important institutions. Access control prevents people on the street from just walking into your building and going anywhere. We have to be more diligent more than ever, in keeping undeserving people out of our properties. Our Birmingham, Alabama locksmiths at Birmingham Locksmith have been able to advise many businesses and institutions of the necessity of installing access control systems. With access control systems you don’t need keys so you don’t have to worry about keeping up with them or the possibility of them getting into the wrong hands. Personal characteristics are used to identify the person who has been given permission to enter a certain area. They may or may not have to still enter an access code for further identification.

In addition to serving as security for your business, it also helps you to monitor those who are in and out of your property. When something comes up missing, you are able to narrow down who may have taken them based on who was in at that time. If you have access control entryways, it often acts as a deterrent  to someone who may try to gain access. When you have confidential information that you need to protect, having access-controlled doors is a great method for restricting certain people movements. With the latest technology, you can access a room via a smart card, bar code or magnetic striping. You can definitely make it much more difficult for someone to enter a room you would rather them not go into by investing in an access control system.

If you are still trying to determine the type of security features best for your business, why not consider some of the information we have provided below. They highlight many of the practical benefits of your installing an access control system.

  • Not Easy to Duplicate

Most standard keys are easy to duplicate. This possibility is eliminated when you have access-controlled entryways. An electronic key isn’t easily duplicated. There are far to many steps to take in doing so. There is also more advanced technology involved in attempting to duplicate an electronic key, that the average person isn’t familiar with.

 

  • Convenience

If you are expecting a technician and they need access into another area of your building, you can add them to your network so that they are able to gain access into all of the areas they need to visit. This means you do not have to hire extra security to wait around for technicians to arrive. After the service call has been completed, you can reprogram the area so that they can no longer gain access.

 

  • Customizable

You are in total control over who can have access into any part of your facility. In some cases, you may allow specific employees access into every part of the building. There may be some who you want to restrict to only one or two areas of the building. You are also able to program how long someone is able to remain in your building or in a certain area of your building. If you employ temporary employees, having this capability is extremely useful.

 

  • Remote Access

Having access control affords you flexibility and convenience. Many of the access control systems offered today give you the capability of accessing your building remotely. You don’t have to physically be present in order to give someone access onto your property. There is simply a signal that is transmitted to a central location. Remote access still gives you the control you need while protecting your business.

 

  • Easily Accessible

After receiving your access code, you will then have access into the areas that you have been given permission to enter. You won’t have to use a different key or change your access code every time you enter and leave the area. If something occurs where you are unable to enter the area, which you know that you have been granted access into, simply contact the network operator. With the flip of a button you are given access immediately.

 

  • Tracking System

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When you have access-controlled systems installed, it is possible for you to track whomever is in an out. The system records who is in and out and at what times. When things are stolen, it is much easier to track down the possible suspect based on when they were in the building and at what times. This means that there is no longer a need to have someone standing by to sign people in and out.

 

  • Quick Access

If you already have to carry around a bunch of keys, the last thing you want to do is have to carry anymore than is necessary. With an access-controlled system, people are capable of quickly gaining access without trying to find the right key since a key is not needed in order to gain access.

 

If you have ever had a problem with employees stealing things or people gaining access into an area with confidential paperwork, it might be a good idea to invest in this type of system. If you’re concerned about the cost, just consider how much you actually save in theft prevention by not allowing just anyone to have access into your facility. Much more than not lose prevention, those who invest in an access-controlled system are afforded the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing that they have maximum security to protect themselves. You don’t have to settle on any one particular type of system when there are so many to choose from. A Birmingham, Alabama locksmith specialist can come in handy when trying to determine which system will work best for your needs.

HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR HOME’S SECURITY

The simple truth is, if you don’t pay attention to the safety and security of your home, you’ll make your property more attractive to a potential burglar. Fortunately, however, there are numerous relatively easy ways to safeguard your home from break-ins and theft. Obviously, you can’t foresee every possible vulnerability, but you can still take a good number of reasonable, cost-effective steps to prevent most circumstances in which a robbery could take place.

 

Don’t put a “hidden” key outside. Anyone who wants to get into your place will easily find your key under the mat, or quickly locate the key you put inside your mailbox or under the flower pot. Probably if you have a keyholder disguised as a rock, professional robbers will likely recognize it. Instead, give your extra key to a trusted neighbor.

 

Do not leave any ladders outside. Someone could pretend to be a contractor, and may try to use your ladder to gain entry through a second-floor window, or use it to land on your balcony if you have one.

 

Keep your valuables hidden well.

  • Safeguard your emergency cash, fine jewelry, and other treasured possessions in uncommon locations.
  • Rent a safe-deposit box at your bank to guard any particularly valuable items.
  • A home safe may be better for your needs, perhaps one anchored to the floor or hidden in the wall.

 

Establish simple household rules.

  • Don’t answer the door to strangers. (Install a peephole if you don’t already have one.)
  • Keep your windows and doors locked when you leave, as well as before everyone goes to sleep for the night.
  • Keep your garage door in good working order, and keep it closed and locked whenever you’re away.

 

Don’t keep your keys and garage-door remotes out in the open. It’s a bad idea to keep your keys and remotes on display near the door, where anyone could peek through your window. It’s better to store these important objects hidden inside a drawer or cupboard.

 

Post warning signs and insignias. It may sound harebrained to some people, but it can be effective to put up a sign or window sticker from a security company near each door or window ~ even if you don’t actually have a security system. Be creative. Post a “Beware of Dog” sign, or a “No Trespassing” sign.

 

Secure your air conditioning unit. You wouldn’t want a prowler to get through an unsecured window utilizing an air-conditioner bracket, corner braces, or a sliding window lock.

 

Install timers. Consider putting your porch lights on timers. That way, when you’re gone during the day, or away for a long time, you can make it look like people are at home. Not only can you use timers on your lights, but also on your TVs, computers, and radios. If you have a smart device attached to your timer, you can monitor and control everything with a mobile app, to make it appear as if your home is occupied the entire time you’re gone.

 

Use lights effectively. Install outdoor lighting with infrared motion detectors near each of your doors. Motion detector lights help to discourage trespassers. They can even be connected to your smart device, so you can quickly detect any unwelcome activity, and respond immediately. Some are made to respond to changes in temperature, light, or sound. Be sure also to make it a point to keep some of your indoor lights on if you’re going to be gone.

 

Eliminate possible intruder hiding places. Keep your trees, hedges, shrubs, and all other plants trimmed. If they’re too ungainly, tall, or poorly spaced, a potential thief can hide easily.

 

 

Additional Affordable Ways You Can Boost Your Home Security

There are plenty of other ways to enhance your home security. Some can take a little more effort, but can be reasonably priced. To discover more about the many options available to you, if you’re located anywhere in Birmingham, Alabama, you may want to schedule a free consultation with a staff mobile residential locksmith expert at Birmingham Locksmith. The following measures won’t take too much money or effort.

 

Fortify your doors. Inspect your outside entry points. A hollow door is of lower quality, and therefore easier for a burglar to penetrate. Therefore, replace it with a solid door, made of wood or metal.

Check your front- and back-door locks. If any locks are weak, you can reinforce them by replacing the strike plate (the stationary piece where the bolt enters), and then mounting an extra solid metal plate on the doorjamb for the sliding bolt. If you currently have short mounting screws, you can replace them with longer screws, which will reach the door’s studs and add extra strength to the doorframe.

If you have a sliding-glass door, make it more secure by placing a wooden dowel cut to size, or an adjustable safety bar, in the floor track. You can also add a floor bolt.

 

Upgrade your locks. Any professional locksmith will tell you that deadbolts provide exceptional security. Make sure you get a grade-2 deadbolt lock, which penetrates the doorframe. Heavy-duty is always more resilient.

Digital or smart locks are electronic devices that provide additional security for your front door. With some, you can even synchronize your smart lock with your smartphone, so you won’t have to carry a house key at all.

 

Install surveillance cameras. Surveillance cameras will definitely keep you aware of all that’s happening around your perimeter, so you can contact the authorities right away if you see any hint of foul play. Of course, you can also buy a premium-quality surveillance camera, which records video footage. Depending upon how much you want to spend, you can add additional security measures.

 

Use high-tech home automation. Nowadays, if you have a large budget, you can monitor all your home activities with a smart app. It’s possible to manage your whole house with a smart alarm system. From simulating routine habits, to checking your property anytime you want while you’re not even home, your property almost takes care of itself! If you detect any undesirable activity, you’ll be notified by an alert on your smartphone. You’ll enjoy wide-ranging safety with a smart home security system.