How to Protect Your Home from Break-Ins

Having someone break into your home is not a pleasant thought, but like having a spare tire in your car in case of a flat or a fire safe in your home in case of property damage, it’s smart to take precautions. You know you need to protect your home from a break in, but where do you start? And how much will it cost you? Won’t a determined enough burglar be able to break in no matter what you do? Not necessarily. Continue reading “How to Protect Your Home from Break-Ins”

How to Secure Your Windows and Doors in the Summer

Home security is especially important in the warmer, summer months. Statistically there is an increase in crime that correlates with rising temperatures. According to Vox.com, “Burglary is 11% more common in the summer than in the winter — that’s more seasonal variation than for any other single type of crime.” This information isn’t meant to scare, however. Consider it an incentive to protect your home year-round.

If you live in a generally warmer climate like southern California, or just prefer an extra chill, your windows may be open at any point in the year. Same goes to leaving your sliding patio door cracked for a breeze or continued airflow in stifling weather. We all make these choices – so why not make the added choice of including some extra security?

Window and Door Security

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Window Locks

The security brand First Watch has a large selection of latches, strike plates, and other home lock and security products. We carry many First Watch home security products, including a window slide stop that can be used on sliding windows and doors. With two steel thumbscrews and an aluminum finish, this small piece of hardware locks your window in a closed or vented position. Leaving windows cracked at night with a Slide Stop prevents an intruder from opening the window further and taking advantage of a weak spot to get into your home. Continue reading “How to Secure Your Windows and Doors in the Summer”