Keeping people safe is Chris Halvorson’s passion. He studied criminal justice and then, on a whim, went to locksmithing school. After working with a locksmith, he eventually decided to branch out on his own to do more than locksmithing. Now he’s become a top home security expert in Kansas City!
There are a lot of misconceptions about home security. Chris helps sort through what is a myth, what you could be missing, and ultimately, what will keep your home and family safe.
There are 3 break-ins every minute–that’s 4800 per day. Chris says that “Optimism bias is what puts most people in danger–the thought that it won’t happen to them and that you are safer than you are. People think you don’t have to do it right now and it gets pushed to the back burner. It should be something scheduled when you move into your new home.”
Chris recommends taking a few simple steps in making your home safe:
1. Get your home re-keyed, once a year. With advancements in things like 3D printing, you want to rekey your home more often than in the past. If you are moving into a new home, it’s imperative that you get your home re-keyed immediately. On average, there are 10 copies of your house key in circulation while your home is on the market.
Chris also says that a true locksmith should be able to change the pins in the core of the key – you shouldn’t have to replace the hardware unless there has been damage to it. “Scammers who aren’t in the trade will change out all of the hardware, but the majority of the time, you don’t need to replace the entire lock” warns Chris.
2. Make sure the exterior light bulbs are all working. Have a few motion sensor lights on the outside of your home.
3. Put a chain lock on your basement door – this adds an extra layer of security.
4. Common sense basics – don’t post pics of your new home with your address on social media. Don’t broadcast when you’ll be away from home and be careful of doing things like video tours of your home that show the layout of your home and where your valuables are.
5. Stay away from DIY security. “People like that they are getting something they perceive as being high dollar for a lower amount, and as the old adage says ‘you get what you pay for.’” Out-of-the-box security sets are often easy for hackers to override and get into your home.
Home security is an essential part of owning a home. Get started and schedule your home to be re-keyed today!