5 Quick Ways to Increase Your Building’s Security

If you’re concerned about the security of your office or warehouse facility, you should be. Thieves consider office buildings prime targets due to their relative ease of access, despite security systems and industrial grade locks. With so many people coming and going on a daily basis, a skilled thief could easily get access to the building during operating hours and prepare for a theft once everyone leaves for the night. Fortunately, a few quick and easy changes to your office could make a big difference in your building’s security and help ward off would-be intruders.

1. Limit Access Points

Buildings with multiple entrances make it much harder to identify intruders, as the means of access are varied. With only one or two entry points, it makes any security measures you implement much more effective, as every person who enters the building must pass by a camera or physical guard. This also allows you to fortify these entrances with higher-grade doors and reinforced glass.

2. Label and Register Office Equipment

Many police departments will take down serial numbers on electronics, including computers and televisions. Take a look around your office: what would you steal if you were looking for valuable items? Labelling electronics with your company’s logo and contact information as well as registering their serial numbers with police will help the recovery process if stolen. Thieves are also less likely to take equipment that’s been labelled, as they’re more difficult to sell in secondary markets like pawn shops.

3. Ensure Your Perimeter and Parking Areas Are Well-Lit

The more likely it is that someone will spot an intruder trying to access your building, the less likely it is that one will try. Thieves look for weak points and areas of easy access when scouting a potential target and darkened doorways or burned-out light bulbs are prime targets for forced entry. Keeping outdoor areas well-lit and monitored will help deter the skilled thief.

4. Use a Sophisticated Key System

Master key systems are nothing new, but they’re the best way to distribute and control access to different areas of your office. A professional locksmith company can devise a system composed of servant keys, maintenance keys, sub-master and master keys as well as a principal (or grand master) key. This makes things easy for owners and building administrators and allows them to limit access to certain areas.

5. Replace Your Locks

Your building should only use Grade 1 locking mechanisms because of their resistance to physical attacks, fire, and forced manipulation. These locks contain no plastic parts and boast the highest levels of fit, finish, and operation. These also tend to offer certain features to ward off sophisticated lock picking systems and drills, but tend to be much more expensive than the more common Grade 2 locks.

If you’re concerned about the integrity of your facility, contact Hawk Locksmith. Our experienced security experts can assess your building’s security standards and detect any weaknesses, making the necessary changes to prevent an unwanted intrusion. Give us a call at 206-725-1200 or use the contact form to get in touch.

How Secure is Your Home? 9 Home Security Tricks to Keep You Safe

Your home is more than your most valued asset – it’s the psychological safe haven for you and your family. When an intrusion or break-in occurs, that illusion of security is shattered and often irreparable. There are several methods to increasing your home’s security and while these have been covered extensively, it’s wise to consider a home security analysis from a professional locksmith and safety specialist. Here are 10 factors to test the security of your home:

1. Check Your Locks

Not all locks are made the same. There are three basic grades for locks: Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3. Grade 3 locks are among the most common and only provide minimal security precautions, whereas Grade 1 locks, while more expensive, offer sophisticated protection against manipulation and door strikes. If you’re unsure of the quality of your lock, find the make and model information on the casing and search for the manufacturer. Upgrading your locks to higher grades will demonstrate to the sophisticated thief that you’re serious about home security and ward off any amateurs expecting a flimsy lock.

2. Where are the Spares?

Placing your spare key under the doormat or nearby potted plant is basically an invitation to home invaders. Instead, secure your spare key in a combination lockbox secured to a metal bar or fixture near your home. This keeps your spare key within easy access to homeowners and prevent burglars from stumbling across your spare key. 

3. Reinforced Windows and Sliding Doors

If you’ve got sliding doors and windows in your home, you’re at higher risk for a break-in. Locks for sliding doors and windows are notoriously easy to crack, but sometimes the simplest remedies are the best ones. A solid metal bar or wooden dowel placed in the window’s or door’s runner will keep a physical barrier between your home and the thief, even if they do manage to force open your lock.

4. Check the Perimeter

Thieves love untrimmed hedges and tall fences for exactly the same reason you do: neighbors’ views of your home are obscured. If you do have tall fences and thick hedges or shrubs around your property, consider installing some perimeter lighting as a compromise. Both you and your neighbors will have a better chance of spotting would-be intruders before they can enter your property.

5. Burglar-Proof Your Home

Home security alarms only go so far. While these are a great deterrent to an unskilled thief, experts will be able to trick your alarm with a little time and patience. Don’t give it to them. Make your home a tough enough nut to crack and a patient thief will move onto the next target. By staying vigilant and making a few smart decisions before leaving your home for an extended period of time, you can prevent opportunistic thieves from breaking into your home. First, ensure your mail delivery isn’t suspended, but attended to by a neighbor on a daily basis. Your landscaping should be kept up with on a weekly basis, but going the extra mile and lowering your telephone’s ringer volume, installing timed lights and automatic curtain mechanisms, and staying mum on social media until you’ve returned home will keep even the most expert thief guessing.

6. Test Your Door

Your front door should be the sturdiest door in your home, but burglars also look for weak entry points. A mail slot or Grade 3 lock are prizes for experienced thieves, as the structural integrity of the door is compromised with a mail slot and Grade 3 locks can be broken with a swift kick to the strike plate. If your door or door frame isn’t up to snuff, it’s time to opt for a reinforced entryway.

7. Rethink Your Security System

While there are dozens of companies offering home security solutions, knowing a few security essentials will help you choose which provider you’d prefer. An experienced thief will locate your keypad and attempt to visually steal your passcode to make entry easy, so installing your keypad in a concealed location (such as a coat closet or behind a support beam) can be a great precautionary measure. Furthermore, finding a company that offers unified fire and flood protection systems will ensure a cohesive security environment in your home, adding to your overall sense of security.

8. What Are Your Deterrents?

Walk around your home and ask yourself the following question: what would prevent me from breaking into this home? Find your home’s weaknesses before a burglar can and fix them. Weak window panes, lack of security systems, and absent homeowners are all perks in a thief’s eyes, so if your home has any visible shortcomings, it’s time to upgrade. Reinforce your doors, windows, and locks to show a would-be intruder that you’re serious about your home’s security.

9. Only Use a Trusted Locksmith

As with any professional service, it’s critical that you select a locksmith with integrity and experience, but also one that’s licensed and bonded. Whether you require 24/7 emergency service or a comprehensive home security analysis, Hawk Locksmith has the professional technicians and state-of-the-art tools and equipment you need to keep your home and your family safe from harm.

To schedule a re-key, security assessment, or lock replacement, contact Hawk Locksmith by using the contact form or calling our Seattle office at 206-725-1200 today!

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