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Protecting Your Home
“The first thing people see when they walk to my door is that touchpad, and they want to know all about it. Burglars mostly enter your home through an unlocked door or by forcing open a window or door. “Burglars are criminals of opportunity,” “They’re looking for the least resistance and the easy way in.” During a power outage, some electronic locks fail or disengage, forcing you to use a backup key -- but then your system isn’t keyless, is it?
High-tech locks -- fingerprint, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi enabled systems -- are transforming the way you enter your home, threatening to make house keys as obsolete as rotary phones.
The Latest Locks
Biometric: Locks that recognize your fingerprints and open with a swipe of your finger. ($280-$340)
Key fob (proximity lock): Carry a fob in your pocket, and these locks open automatically or with a simple tap; or press the fob button and unlock the door as soon as you pull into the driveway. ($220)
Smart phone-controlled: Your smart phone syncs with your lock via Bluetooth, enabling you to control entrance remotely and keep track of who comes and goes. Some locks recognize your phone and open automatically as you approach. Some will text you when someone else opens the door. ($200)
Surveillance lock: Combines easy access with surveillance and takes a picture of whoever opens your door. You can program codes for specific people, and the lock will offer a warm LED greeting when they arrive. ($280)
Top Security Tips
Replace hollow-core wood exterior doors with solid wood or steel doors.
Reinforce wood door jambs with additional steel plates, which make the door harder to kick in.
Install strike plates made of heavy-duty metal, and secure them with 3-inch screws.
Replace sidelight glass with shatter-resistant polycarbonate.
Lock doors whenever you leave the house, even for a short time. In fact, lock doors and windows when you’re home, too.
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