Whether you have made a recent home purchase, or have an existing home or commercial property, here are some pro tips to keep in mind to ensure its security.

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Q: We’ve had a run of break-ins near our home. What can we do proactively to help prevent an incident from occurring at our place?

A: No question, taking proactive steps to ensure your property is secure far outweighs the costs and burden that comes in dealing with the damages caused by intruders. Security of any property is the primary means of protecting your equipment, valuables, heirlooms, inventory and, most importantly, your family and employees.

We often believe our property is sufficiently secure until tragedy hits and proves otherwise. To take precautionary measures, here are three expert tips for securing your property.

Assess risks. To ensure you have optimal protection, start by assessing your property and identifying its possible vulnerable points. Consider utilizing a security professional who will perform a walk-through on both the exterior and interior of your property. With a variety of security options out there, it is best to identify the specific solutions your property requires for maximum security.

Limit access. Think seriously about who you give a key or code to access to your home. When buying, it is crucial to take into consideration that you have no control or awareness of who had a key prior to your ownership. Often, we may want to give access to our cleaning company, our dog walker or nanny, or other service provider. Prior to giving out a key or code to others, you need to ensure this is a trusted source.

Also, remember that keys can be duplicated and passed on to others who may not have permission to enter your home. When in doubt, change the locks on your doors. This will eliminate the guessing game of who has a key. Better yet, take the next step of installing an access-control system that will eliminate the need for keys.

Mix your methods. By strategically blending a variety of security measures, your property becomes much more difficult to breach and less attractive to intruders. For example, a burglar alarm does not always keep an intruder out; it is merely a deterrent. An alarm notifies that an intruder has been detected; however, this does not entirely prevent or eliminate intruders. Similarly, locks can be picked. High-security locks do deter, but there are always risks. Additionally, locks are only as secure as the door or door frame to which they are secured.

Intruders choose the target of least resistance. But by establishing multiple levels of security on a property, it will require more time and effort for someone to compromise your protection.


James and Becky Kung own The Flying Locksmiths of Seattle and are members of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS). If you have a home improvement, remodeling or residential homebuilding question you’d like answered by one of the MBAKS’s more than 3,000 members, write to homework@mbaks.com.