Our locksmith pros at Capital Locksmith have built up a considerable amount of experience, when it comes to meeting the commercial and residential security needs of clients in the Greater Toronto Area. As you can no doubt imagine, this degree of experience has given us a number of suggestions for our clients, in terms of how to improve the security of their home or condo. A comprehensive locking system is naturally a good idea, and we can certainly help with that.
At the same time, there are so many different things you can do on your own. In terms of preserving the security of a condominium or traditional-style home, there are several different tips to keep in mind. Let’s take a look at some easy condo tips first, and then we can move on to some straightforward DIY tips for home security.
Easy Condo Security Tips
At the end of the day, there are a number of security tips for traditional homes that can be applied easily enough to your condo. At the same time, it can be helpful to understand and remember that as a condo owner, you need to be aware of certain responsibilities that are unique to the type of property that you own.
Keeping that in mind, here are some tips to improve the security of your condo on your own:
- Basic suggestions: Let’s start with some basics. That will include locking everything up yourself when you’re going to bed, or leaving for any amount of time. Windows and doors should always be secured, and this is particularly true for the balcony. You should also make sure your vehicle is always locked up, even if the vehicle is parked in a private garage. If you just moved into a new condo, check with the landlord to make sure the locks were replaced after the previous tenant. They most certainly should be!
- Get to know your community: You don’t have to be BFFs with everyone in your residential building of course. Get to know your neighbors, and don’t be afraid to build relationships that entail everyone looking out for one another. Building similar relationships with management and/or security can be beneficial, as well.
- Know your building: Awareness goes a long way, and it can be utilized in a number of different forms. You should learn as much as you can about the details of your building. Make sure you know where to go for shelter, in the event of an emergency. If management allows it, have a fortified door or safe room added to your space.
Those are a few essential security tips for condo owners. Now, let’s focus on some basic security tips for those who live in more traditional homes.
Simple Home Security Tips
Obviously, you should make it a point to have the best locks for your home. A home security system is well exploring, as well. At the same time, your efforts in the realm of protecting your home should not be limited to those two things.
Here are some simple home security tips that can serve to offset many potential dangers and problems:
- Always lock your house: This is a tip we mentioned for condos, and it most definitely applies to your home, as well. All potential access points should be locked and secured.
- New locks: When you move into a new home, have all of the locks changed.
- Looking into an alarm system? This is definitely a good idea. Make sure any system you consider or install is completely free of visible wires. People breaking into homes are going to look for such wires.
- Occupied: You should give the impression of a home that is occupied at all times. Obviously, there are going to be times in which you are not home. To that end, don’t be afraid to leave some lights on. If you’re going out for a prolonged period of time, meaning several days, consider having a house sitter to look after things.
- Social media: We’re not saying that you can’t take/share vacation photos during your vacation. However, we would strongly suggest making sure such posts are set so that only your trusted friends can see them. The last thing you want is a public social media post alerting the world at large that you aren’t going to be home for a few days!