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10 THINGS YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT SECURITY

  1. Locks are only as secure as the door or door frame to which they are affixed.

  2. When necessary, only give a key or combination to your home, alarm or safe to a trusted friend or relative. If you are renting, you may be required to sign a release assuming responsibility for the door, locks, etc. in case of an emergency when the landlord needs access.

  3. A burglar alarm does not keep an intruder out. It is merely a deterrent. An alarm only notifies someone that an intruder has been detected. Unfortunately, the time it takes for either the local authorities or private agencies to respond, may be enough time for the intruder to ransack your property.

  4. When a lock is picked, the cylinder is compromised by manipulating the pins inside the cylinder without visible signs of tampering. High security cylinders do deter, but not prevent other possible bypass techniques.

  5. A safe is designed to protect its contents against a variety of forces. It is crucial that you consider the types of protection you require before making a purchase.

  6. Nothing is guaranteed burglar proof or pick proof; only burglar or pick resistant. With time anything can be defeated. Basically, all we are buying is time. The more security we have, the more time it will take someone or something to compromise your fortification.

  7. When an intruder "stakes out" a place, he will usually choose the target of least resistance. If your neighbor has better security, you are more likely to be the victim.

  8. Studies indicate that having a good high security lock on your door is the best deterrent against burglaries. It is a fallacy that if you have a good lock on your door, potential intruders assume your premises must contain something of value worth stealing.

  9. Always request identification from service or utility workers.

  10. Don’t get carried away. It is true that two locks are better than one, however, when in doubt refer back to rule number one. Only a security professional can best determine what is necessary for your protection.