Should I re-key my new home?
Yes. Even though your contracter may have construction keyed your home, and it should have disabled their key when you moved in, it would be in your best interest to re-key all of your locks.
Can I match my front and back door?
Yes. Call Harbison Lock & Key, and we will be able to match all your locks alike, or advise you on other options that best suits your security needs.
Is My Home Secure?
Some little known statistics:
- Most burglaries are committed in broad daylight and nearly one-third occur through unlocked doors or windows.
- Some illegal entries occur by use of a former occupant’s key.
- Approxiamately half of all forced entries are made without the use of a tool.
- The average time spent entering a home to commit a burglary is less than three minutes.
- Neighborhood Watch and home security go hand in hand.
The addition of good locks and increased security measures require the burglar to take more time and more noise to enter. This increases the likelihood that neighbors will notice and call 911.
How Can I Check To See That My Home Is Secure?
- Are all exterior doors (including the garage) strong enough to withstand excessive force?
- Are exterior doors secured with a deadbolt lock that has a minimum one-inch throw?
- Are all strike plates and frames for each door strong enough to withstand excessive force?
- Are sliding doors and windows secure against forcing the locks or lifting the doors out of their frames?
- Are garage doors secured (overhead and side door leading into garage)?
- Are double-hung windows secured with pins or extra locks to discourage prying?
- If moving to a new residence, did you hire a reliable locksmith to re-key all exterior doors? If possible, have the locksmith make one key to fit all locks?