Good locking system provides added protection and peace of mind

With winter holidays fast approaching, your family may be spending more time at school concerts and family gatherings and less time at home.

Based on data from Sonnet Insurance, homes are more vulnerable to break-ins and theft during the holiday season. While your insurance provider has you covered in case of loss or damages, installing a good locking system can give you added protection and extra peace of mind.

Smart locks — Forgetting to lock the door or leaving your keys hanging in the lock are a thing of the past thanks to the wide variety of smart lock systems available on the market. Smart locks operate by using your smartphone and a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection and/or a remote app to access a digital lock. Most smart locks are equipped with a secondary manual entry system in case you lose your phone or its battery dies.

Getting a smart lock is the first step in building a smart home that allows you to keep tabs on your space no matter where you are.

Deadbolts — The most common deadbolt is a single cylinder, which operates with a key from the outside and twist-knob from the inside. If properly installed, high-quality deadbolt locks are known to provide superior protection against burglars, since they can only be unlocked by physically turning the key or twist-knob, making them much less susceptible to tampering than spring-loaded doorknob locks. For the toughest protection, opt for deadbolts made from heavy metals like steel.

Basic doorknob locks — Doorknob locks are usually locked and unlocked from the inside, either by pushing and turning the doorknob, pushing a button or turning a dial in the knob. It’s not recommended to use a doorknob lock as your home’s primary locking system. If you are using a doorknob lock on an external door in your home, it’s best to strengthen it with a deadbolt for extra security.

Whichever lock system you choose, it’s important to keep your doors locked at all times to keep your home and family safe and secure. Break-ins can still happen, but that’s why home insurance is there to protect you when you need it most.

— Canada News.