During the busy holiday season, the last thing homeowners want to question is their home’s safety while they’re out celebrating with family and friends. Gift yourself with peace of mind by following these locksmith-approved steps to ensure your property is well-protected against unwanted guests and break-ins.
How to Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away for the Holidays
1. Triple-Check Your Locks
While it may seem obvious, many homeowners may fail to check every lock in their home before leaving for the holidays. A burglar can easily access your home without using any force if they can find a single unlatched window or sliding glass door. Additionally, if any locks need repair, call a locksmith before you head out.
2. Collect Your Spare Keys
Track down any keys you’ve hidden around the exterior of your property and remove them before you leave for your trip. Burglars often are well-versed in the most common hiding spots and will likely discover them with ease. If you need to leave a key for your neighbor or pet sitter, find another means of handing off the key to them, preferably in person.
3. Don’t Forget the Garage
Even if your garage is free-standing without internal access into your home, you likely still store valuables, such as bikes and lawn equipment, inside. Make sure your garage door opener is in a secure place in your home, secure the emergency release with a zip-tie, and reinforce the door between your house and garage with a deadbolt.
If you want to ensure your home is well-protected before you leave for the holidays, reach out to the residential and commercial locksmith team at Murphy’s Lock and Key. Serving Sloatsburg, NY, and the surrounding areas of Suffern, Pomona, Warwick, Ramsey, New City, Nanuet, Mahwah, Harriman, and Nyack for more than 20 years, the family-owned and -operated company can safeguard your home with lock repairs, as well as the installation of new deadbolt and security locks. As a licensed, bonded, and insured emergency locksmith, the team is also available 24/7 to assist with anything that comes up, including unlocking vehicles and providing customers with new automotive keys. When you need a locksmith to save the day, call (845) 986-4335 or visit them online.