Locks Are No Good If You Don't Protect Your Keys

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Not that your tween is ready to spend more time at home alone, it’s probably a good idea to make sure that they have their own key for safe access to the house when nobody else is home. But instead of just handing over a basic copy of the house key, it’s important to take some precautions that will keep your home safe as your child learns the ins-and-outs of safe home management. For example, you can have your locksmith change the lock on just one door of the house that your tween can have the key to for indoor access. If they lose the key, you don’t have to worry about it opening any other doors but the one obscure entrance that was previously chosen. You’ll find many other helpful tips and tricks on this website that are sure to help keep your tween and home safe.

Locks Are No Good If You Don't Protect Your Keys

20 April 2018
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You can spend a ton of money investing in the best possible locks for your home, but if you don't practice safety with your keys, that investment will be for nothing. Chances are, you don't give much thought to how you handle your keys. Here, you'll learn a few things that will help you keep your keys out of the hands of potential burglars.

Minimize Keys on Your Keychain

It might be easier for you to keep all of your keys on a single keychain, but it isn't the safest thing for you to do. Think about how long it would take for you to replace all of the locks that go with the keys on your keychain.

Realistically, you should only keep your vehicle key, and maybe your house key on your main keychain. This way, if you happen to lose your keys, you only have to replace the two locks that the keys went to.

Get Rid of Hide-A-Keys

One of the most dangerous things you can do is keep a hide-a-key outside of your home. So many people have done this over the years and they haven't had trouble, but there are some that have suffered home burglaries because they left a key under the door mat.

If you have to keep a key hidden outside for emergencies, do so in a way that isn't obvious. Don't use the top of the door frame, under the door mat, under the potted flower on the porch or anywhere else close to the door. Hide-a-keys should be kept in an area away from the door that they unlock. So, if you want to hide a key for your front door, hide it somewhere safe in the back yard. You don't want anyone seeing you pick up the hidden key when you need to use it.

Use the Vehicle Valet Key

In most cases, you receive two different keys when you purchase a vehicle – one key that will unlock everything in the car and one that will only fit in the door and ignition. This is the valet key and is meant to be given to valet parking attendants, mechanics, and anyone else that will be using your car that you don't want to have access to all of the information that you store in your glovebox.

If you have any other key safety concerns, talk with a locksmith like those at BROOKLYN LOCKSMITH. Not only can he or she help you install new locks when you need them, but they will also advise you on how to keep things secure when you don't.