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Home Security Tips & Advice

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Whether you’re on a business trip or a leisure trip with your spouse, you want to have peace of mind knowing that your house is safe and secure. When your children come back from school, they can come back to a house that is highly protected.

What exactly do you need to keep your house safe and secure? Here are a few general pro tips that might help you.

Door and Window Security

security measuresEnsure that the openings of your house are guarded by high-quality locks. The locks should be fitted well, in good condition, and covered in your insurance plan. Locks wear out! We recommend that you replace your hardware every several years. It is far easier to break into a home with older locks. 

Smart Locks 

Control and monitor front door traffic with a cell phone based smart lock system. Lang's Locks installs standalone smart device access control locks will give access as needed, to whom needed. Be free of all kinds of worries when you are at work or away.

Digital Door Viewer

Before you open the door of your house, you can first see who’s standing outside. A digital door viewer is very easy to install and remove. The device is equipped with an LCD display, a motion sensor and HD video / image recording functionality.

Door Chains

Door chains majorly add to the security of your house and can keep your house safe from burglaries. No one can break into your house if you have a door chain installed. This may be old technology, but the advantage here is great. 

Security Alarms

These are very effective in gaining attention if someone tries to break into your house.

We Sponsor Professional Tennis

ATP Tennis Jody 400Lang’s Locks is a proud sponsor of the professional tennis player Jody Maginley. He was born and raised on the island of Antigua in the Caribbean. In high school, Jody received a tennis scholarship to Northern Kentucky University. He then played 4 years of division I college tennis and became a familiar name in the Midwest tennis community.

While attending NKU, Jody met teammate and good friend Nick Lang. Nick is the son of the Lang’s Locks owner, Jim Lang. Jody and Nick became roommates and played together at the #1 doubles spot for his senior year. Being from out of country, Jody would stay with Nick and his family during some holidays while in college. Since then, he has maintained his relationship with the Lang family while competing on the ITF and ATP tour around the world. So far, he has been to Ecuador, Columbia, and is currently in Cancun, where he has captured the doubles title. After that, he will train for the Panamerican Games.

Lang’s Locks began to support Jody in the summer of 2018, and we are proud to see that our help is  having a positive impact on his professional career. Jody is fortunate to be trained by former ATP players and current coaches Taylor and Phil Dent and our assistance has aided in his development as a player under the guidance of these world class coaches. Jody spent his collegiate years as a practice partner for the professionals at the Western and Southern Open in Mason, and we look forward to seeing Jody compete. 

Every six months, you are supposed to see a doctor and get a checkup. Every 3000-5000 miles, your car needs an oil change. These things often have reminders via letters or alerts. But what about your home? The only thing to remind us that something needs done is when it breaks. Not good.

A simple to-do list can help you remember the things in your home that need maintained. In the days of cell phones and mobile apps, setting up digital reminders is a great resource! We hope our list will help get you started.

The Furnace Air Filters

to do list appChange the air filters every one to three months so dirt and dust doesn't build up. This is an easy way to keep your furnace running smooth and lasting longer. Check directions to not insert backward. Your furnace blower will work harder if forced to push air through the non-porous end of a filter. 

Smoke & Carbon Detectors:

Your smoke detector will probably beep that horrible noise when the battery is dead. Yet, both detectors should be checked twice a year to make sure they are working. The US Fire Administration (USFA) recommends testing smoke alarms at least once a month. Considering how simple checking detectors really is, the monthly approach is a good goal. 

Home Security System: 

The Amazing Design We use Every Day!

keysWe all want to keep our valuables safe. Locks have been essential to our everyday lives since the days of ancient Babylon and Egypt. Their design has been so successful that we’ve stuck with it. Most people don’t give how locks work much thought, but we are very thankful that they do. Knowing how locks work could be one of the most useful resources you will have.

Let us give you an inside eye on the ever illusive lock and key!

The Key

All keys have different specific notches. Those notches are like fingerprints matching to only one lock. Isn’t that thought amazing? When a notch is worn down or damaged, there is a good chance that it won’t work with the lock anymore. That is why keeping a fresh, unused copy in a safe place is a great idea. This saves you the trouble of having to replace the lock. Even though it’s a pain sometimes to deal with, it’s one of the best ways to keep us safe.

Seven Access Issues You Should Address Immediately!

We all slack off on repairs and maintenance from time to time. Avoiding fixes to your locks can prove to be a costly mistake. Securing your home is extremely important and should never be put off. You don’t want to be vulnerable to an attack or robbery. Take these steps now, and you won’t have to worry later!

forced entry 1. Schedule a date to evaluate your home’s security.

Pick out a monthly/multi-annually day with your family to check out your home’s access points. It’s worth knowing about dysfunctional locks now rather than later. Don’t forget to check windows!

2. Tighten all screws and materials on lock mechanisms when needed.

If your entire door lock cylinder turns with your key, make this quick fix! You might have to remove the faceplate to access the set screws. Tighten the set screws and replace any that need it. After you have done that, make sure you test the lock for firmness.

3. Know who has access.

Some of us have one or two keys to a chain and some of us are cut out to be janitors with a million. They get lost, we lend them out, and some we don’t even know what they go to. For your house though, every key needs to be accounted for. If you move, make sure you replace the locks immediately. You don’t want to have to worry about the former owner’s crazy uncle creeping about.

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