Home security and safety tips

Unfortunately, crime happens. And it’s been happening more in the Mile High City!

Here are some tips to help secure your home and keep your family safe:

 

  1. If your door has a glass pane on or adjacent to it, you’ll want to consider a double-sided deadbolt which is keyed on both sides. The last thing you want to do is make it easy for an intruder, and breaking the glass to unlock your deadbolt is way too easy!
  2. Grade 2 locks for residences is what we like to recommend. They are harder to pick and manipulate, plus it’s a deterrent to have better locks on your doors!
  3. Security strikes are a great and inexpensive way to prevent your door from being kicked down easily. It is a thicker and bigger plate that sits on your door frame, reinforced with 3” screws or longer.
  4. Don’t forget to lock your doors! It’s amazing how many people leave their homes vulnerable with an unlocked door.
  5. DO NOT ever leave your car to warm up unattended. Car theft is rampant! Plus, it’s illegal in Denver and you can can ticketed if you leave a car idle on its own for more than 5 minutes.

Lock Grades and how they affect your locking systems

Not many homeowners know that there are different grades of locks to choose from. It is a fairly simple rating system, from grade 3 being the lowest to grade 1 being the highest. These grades are set by the American National Standards Institute, or ANSI. They judge and rate a lock by its durability and longevity. 

 

Locks also fall into either a residential grade or commercial grade. A residential grade 3 would be the lowest rating, and a commercial grade 1 the highest. You can go beyond grade 1 with high security locks, but it is not usually necessary in a residential setting (think jewelry store or bank).

 

There are a few things to consider when choosing what grade you need for your door: the weight of the door, the amount of traffic the door endures on day-to-day use, and perhaps the neighborhood you live in. Generally speaking, the lower the lock grade, the easier it is to pick and manipulate. Higher grade locks are harder to pick in most instances as they are reinforced with more security features (e.g. thicker steel).

 

These different demands call for different types of locks and it is important to have the right lock for your needs. We are happy to help you choose the right lock for your residence or business!

Why rekeying your home is important

When you move into a new home, do you ever wonder who else out there has keys or access? This is something every renter and homeowner alike should consider. It is a simple process to eliminate all random keys and duplicate keys that may exist and be floating around “out there” somewhere.The peace of mind that comes from knowing you are in control of who has access to your home is paramount. 

 

The process is simple. A trusted locksmith can come to your home and simply rekey (or re-pin) your existing locks so that the new key is the only one that can open your door. Sometimes locks are not always compatible with each other to be able to use the same key. Lock hardware can then be swapped out for compatible keyways to accommodate the same key. This is very useful when you want to reduce the amount of keys your house needs as you can reduce this down to one key! It’s always great to simplify the little things in your life, especially when it’s something you have to do every single day.

 

Sometimes there is a need to have a different key for a specific part of the house, e.g. an AirBNB rental you may have in the west wing or the back house. Or maybe it is a triplex dwelling and you need a masterkey system designed so that one “master” key works on all three entry doors but each door has individual “change” key that only works on one door. 

 

We can set up your rekey however it suits your security needs. Please don’t hesitate to call for an estimate or to ask questions on how to best design your home’s locks.