Wouldn’t it be great if your home was as easy to access as your car? If you didn’t have to dig in your purse or pocket to retrieve your keys and then fidget with the lock as you juggle the groceries in your other hand? If you didn’t have to worry about your child losing his or her key or making duplicates for a painter or plumber who will only be in your home for one day?
Thanks to Schlage®, the future is now. The company introduced its first Touchscreen Deadbolt lock back in 2013, when it captured the Electronic House Product of the Year award. Since then, they’ve introduced a whole series of Touchscreen options – including the brand new SchlageSense that allows you to unlock it with your voice using Siri®. What makes it so different from competitors is that it offers the highest possible residential security rating (Grade 1), and combines that with convenience features like a built-in alarm and keyless control – you simply punch in an access code on the touchscreen or your phone. The lock can hold up to 30 unique access codes. Best of all, homeowners can schedule the hours and days when each code can be used. For example, you could program the lock so the cleaner would only be able to enter between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays.
No matter how high tech or traditional your home security systems is, there are a few easy and inexpensive things you can do to help deter criminals:
- Lock it up. It sounds simple, but if you leave windows open or garage doors up, it really is an open invitation for a criminal. These guys want to get in and get out quickly, and if they can walk in instead of having to break in, you’ve just made their job easier and made your home an appealing target.
- Reinforce it. If you make your door more difficult to break into, criminals may give up in search of an easier mark.
- Get flashy. If you’ve invested in a security system or alarm company, let criminals know it by placing the sign out front or the sticker on your door. The signs may not be aesthetically pleasing, but a security system is not a deterrent if criminals don’t know you have it.
- Change your view. Can someone standing in the street see valuables inside your home through the windows or door? If the big screen TV, safe, or jewelry box is clearly visible, move it.
- Protect your privacy. Keeping your blinds and curtains closed serves a dual purpose: it keeps thieves from seeing your valuables and keeps them guessing as to whether anyone is home.
- Clean up. Your garage that is. If you park your vehicle inside, it’s less likely to get broken into. A bonus – any potential thieves who may be monitoring your residence will have to guess whether you are home or not if you typically park inside, making them less likely to target your home.
- But don’t clean up everything. Have a dog? Then don’t be too OCD about cleaning up dog toys or water bowls; leave them out, because criminals will think twice before risking a bite.
- Know your neighbors. Most neighborhoods have that one person who knows everyone and sees everything, and that’s exactly who you want on your side. They’ll keep you up to date on any suspicious activity and will also be likely to notice if anything is awry at your home when you are away.
With a little common sense, a high quality lock and a practical home security plan, you can make your home less appealing to criminals.