The locks on your doors and windows should be reassuring that intruders will not be able to break in without a good fight. If you want to keep intruders out, then here are 2 ways to secure your doors and windows.
First, consider adding keypad locks to all doors that lead in and out of your home. This should include your garage door, your front door, your back doors, and even basement doors if you have any.
Keypad locks are much more difficult to get past because a thief cannot just use a key or a device to pick the lock. Instead, he or she will have to figure out the combination, figure out how to disarm it, or simply have to break the lock with a lot of noise and effort. Since a thief will try to be sneaky, breaking the lock and making a lot of noise is not ideal, so this may scare the thief away to another home or area where the locks are easier to access.
Also, change the combinations for the keypad locks regularly just to make sure that no one can guess them. This will add another level of security for the safety of you and your family.
Top Window Locks
Second, add top window locks to the windows in every room of your home. These locks are not easy to see from the outside, so a thief may not even realize they are there. These locks should be used in addition to the traditional locks that come the windows. The best way to use these locks is by placing them on the window frame that does not move. Try to place the locks just an inch or two on the unmovable frame, and this will stop the sliding window from opening enough for a burglar's hand to get inside and steal something.
Also, if you have a security system, make sure it goes off as soon as the windows are opened even a little. This will scare the thief off before he or she has time to try to break the window or do any real damage.
If you have windows that open outward instead of slide, you will need to get locks that go over the place where the window and frame meet. You can then lift the lock up when you want to unwind the window, and you can secure it again when the window is closed.
By doing these 2 things, you can add more security and safety measures to your home so that intruders stay out. Contact a locksmith for more information.