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Is Your Home - and Family - Really Safe? The Frightening Facts:

The chance of your home being burglarized is 1 in 6. Do you like those odds?  Read on...
Over 80% of residential burglaries happen using the victim’s front door.
About two thirds of burglaries happen during daytime.
A burglary occurs in the US every 13.7 seconds.
Over 50% of burglaries will leave your locks with no evidence of forced entry (using methods like lock picking, key bumping , unauthorized keys or other devices which leave no outward marks.)
How Safe is Your Home? Test Your Home’s Security
Does anyone else have (or ever had) access to your keys?
Do the keys you carry now protect against unauthorized key duplication without I.D. verification?
Do your current locks provide physical protection against lock picking, key bumping, drilling or other forced entry attempts?
If you answered YES to Question 1, or NO to Question 2 or 3, click here to read more.

Security Tips You Can Begin Using Today

Choose a high quality deadbolt and make sure it is locked at all times, even when you’re home.  The bolt should extend for at least 1 inch into the strike plate. Los Angeles Locksmiths recommends Schlage and Mul-T-Lock
Entrance doors should have multiple locking points (e.g., deadbolt AND doorknob).
Choose solid wood or steel doors: a hollow wood door can be easily kicked in
If there is a glass window within 40 inches from a lock, install a double-sided cylindrical lock.
Locks must be re-keyed or changed after you move in.
Keep doors, windows and vulnerable areas well lit at night. Consider using automatic timers or motion detectors to turn lights on and off.
Remove any branches that are near, or next to your home to prevent access to the second floor.
Secure all windows and sliding glass doors with a secondary security bar.
In apartment buildings, always make sure common area doors are locked and secure; allow lobby access only to individuals you know.
In office buildings or workplaces with security concerns a Master Key System can offer different access levels to different individuals.
When away from home never make it obvious: leave lights, a stereo and TV working, ask a neighbor to park his car in your driveway, ask a friend to pickup your mail and newspaper. Burglars will see these as signs that you’re home—and move on to their next target.

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