Every current newspaper is loaded with articles about crime so it’s surprising homeowners often don’t use professional services to analyze their security needs. The most common practice in new home construction is to piecemeal security precautions. Robert E. Mock, President of the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA), says “It’s puzzling that owners make such substantial investments in their homes without taking care to secure them intelligently.” Owners often use one company to install an alarm system, another to hook up outdoor lighting and yet another to to install low grade locks and door hardware. They lack the foresight to incorporate a comprehensive security plan before the building process begins. A professional locksmith can provide helpful insight to your home security strategy.
The security marketplace is flooded with options unknown to those outside the field of locksmithing. Many technicians lack the judgement or qualifications of a highly trained locksmith, yet they are marketed as security experts. With the onset of electronic security in common applications, Mock says they are running into more individuals who have negligible training in physical security. They often learn overnight how to install security systems that they have little or no background or understanding in, let alone the ability to identify whether the product choice is appropriate for the particular application. Many times they are employed by companies that only produce one type of security product making it unlikely that a comprehensive security analysis would take place for a customer. A certified professional locksmith can make recommendations on what physical and electronic systems should be used in the first place.
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