Five Reasons to Change Your Locks

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Changing the locks on your doors is a small cost to help protect your family, home and valuables compared to what might happen if you don’t update them. It is one of the simplest ways to add a layer of protection but one of the most overlooked. Below are just five reasons as to why you should change your locks. 1. Your keys were lost or stolen: It goes without saying that once you have lost your keys or had them stolen to get the locks replaced immediately. Don’t let too much time pass, even if you think you just misplaced them. The rule of thumb is to start on the outside doors and work your way inside for level of priority. You never know whose hands your keys ended up in. 2. New tenants or roommates: If you are either renting a place or you are renting out your place, it’s important to always have the locks changed between … Read More

Eight Common Home Security Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

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It’s 2016 and thieves and burglars alike have become even more inventive. They’ve seen a lot of common mistakes that they know to look for. Better protect your home this year by avoiding these common home security mistakes. You only sometimes lock your doors: You may live in a nice neighborhood, have friendly and watchful neighbors, but that still won’t stop a burglar from breaking into your home. Maybe you leave a back door unlocked or the windows cracked when it’s hot out and you’re without air conditioning. It’s imperative that when you leave your house that all doors AND windows are shut and locked. Protect yourself as best as you can, it all starts with a simple lock up. You post your vacation plans online: This is a major red flag and it’s something we continue to bring up as a safety tip. Under no circumstances should you be posting about your vacation until after you return. Even if … Read More

5 Commercial & Home Security Tips To Follow This Spring Break

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For many families, spring break is a chance to get away for a week or two on a short vacation. Unfortunately, this means that their home or office is often left vulnerable as many people unwittingly leave clues that let burglars know they’re going to be away for a while. If you live in Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, or Boise, we can help you to enhance your home and office security so that you can feel confident about leaving on vacation. Here are our five quick and inexpensive tips on how to keep your home or office secure while on vacation. 1. Keep a light on— One of the cheapest forms of security is simply keeping one or more lights on. It’s inexpensive and effective. Burglars only want to risk their efforts on easy targets. Use timers on your lights so there’s no unnecessary wear-and-tear on electrical circuits. 2. Have a friend help you out— Ask a friend or associate … Read More