Criminals these days are becoming more and more intelligent by inventing better methods to steal from you, this has made a lot of people more cautious. Electric fencing, alarms, hidden cameras and high walls are the methods that people are now resulting to in order to protect the property that they have worked so hard for. When power goes down it will make your electric fences, cameras and alarms useless and its easy for burglars to climb walls however tall they are leaving your door the only protection you have.
With this in light, your window and door locks should be your first priority, focus on making them as secure as possible. Finding a locksmith to install the locks on your doors is another mountain to climb because most of them may be scammers trying to make a buck or could be used by burglars to access your house. Due to these reasons many people try the do it yourself method which leads them to making the situation worse or doing an ineffective job that could expose them to danger than when they had a locksmith do it for them.
First of all when finding a locksmith, ‘local’ should be your main focus, check their addresses on google to make sure they match up with their local addresses so that it may not be a scam in the making. Secondly, you need to check the license and identification of the personnel when they get to your house.
Before you hire any locksmith to come work on your doors and windows, check online for the charges that are normally charged so that you will know when you are trying to be scammed when some locksmiths try to charge you lower rates. Asking if there are any extra charges could help avoid them putting in a position of questioning their integrity because it has been common for some of them to hide extra charges which they reveal after their done which could ruin the business relationships.
Some scammers usually come in unmarked vehicles and this should be a major red flag to you because the clear thing is that they are scammers. It is also important that you hire locksmiths that have insurance covers on the work that they do so that incase of damages, you are on the safe side.
It would be unwise if you left the workers alone working on your locks because some of them may use this window to steal from you or install the locks in a faulty way so they can come back and steal from you if they are not professional or lack integrity.