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6 Tips for Securing your Property Against Break-Ins and Theft

6 Tips for Securing your Property Against Break-Ins and Theft

Prevention is always better than the cure. There are many things you can do to boost the security of your property, whether it is commercial or residential.

Either people do them on their own or they hire the professional locksmiths and other services to install foolproof security locks around their homes and commercial properties to avoid the break-ins

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To avoid paying more for locksmiths and other professional services and do it yourself, here are some key tips on how to properly secure your home and commercial property from break-ins:

1. Take proper inventory of your belongings

Your first and most important task is to record everything that is stored in the property. Write them down on any register or digitally record them and store the record in a secure place. If possible, make sure you also place tags around the property with simple descriptions in order to ensure that they are properly identified. Proper identification is especially important if you have insurance to claim in case of break-ins and theft.

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It is always important to keep a record of all your belongings before installing any security system or locks. Marking on the belonging can also be beneficial for you as it becomes difficult for thieves and burglars to sell the stolen stuff in the market.

2. Licenses, insurance and standards

There are certain rules for locksmiths to follow and they require insurance and licenses also. Above all, when buying the commercial property for your small business, make sure doors and other construction are done according to approved standards. There are various standards which set the rules for how to place emergency exists, how to secure them and other details. Do check whether locks and other hardware in your commercial property actually follows these standards or not. There are certain standards for all local as well as regional locksmiths which they need to follow so make sure they have the relevant licenses and the required expertise to perform work on your site.

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3. Have proper safes for sensitive material

Many commercial businesses keep security equipment within their premises therefore if you are holding any security related equipment i.e. guns, make sure they are properly placed in safes and are locked properly. Safety of security equipment is critical because it allows small businesses to properly ensure that there are not any accidents due to fires caused due to break-ins as unsafe security safes can even be opened by kids.

4. Keep your ground floor windows locked

If you have a multiple story shop or small business place, make sure you keep the front windows properly locked in with quality locks. Ground floor windows are more prone to more risks and require more attention. Proper and high quality locks on the ground floor windows can ensure that entrance points are secured. If entrance points are secured properly, it becomes lot easier to manage other aspects of the security of the property.

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5. Install dead-bolt locks

It is a trade-secret of locksmiths that they will never tell you – if dead-bolt locks are installed properly, they are considered the best option to secure a commercial property. Dead-bolt locks cannot be moved to the opposite position therefore, a dead-bolt lock can prevent the break-in as it is more secure then the spring based locks.

6. Do not install locks bought from auction sales

You may be enticed to buy locks and other equipment from yard sales or estate sales as they are cheaper. Most of such stuff however, are nothing more than junk and are easier to manipulate and open. A good locksmith will always advise you not to buy locks from such places or markets.

Your property can easily be secured by installing the right locks or other necessary equipment and by involving local locksmiths who are easier to reach.

Featured photo credit: MinuteMan via minutemansecurity.com

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How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

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I went through a personal experience that acted as a catalyst for an epiphany. When I got fired from a job, I learned something important about myself and where I was headed with my freelance career. I realized that the most important aspect of that one rather small job was the influence of the company owner. I realized that I wasn’t hurt that the company and I weren’t a perfect match; I was devastated by the stark fact that I needed a mentor and I had almost found one but lost her.

Suddenly, I felt like J.D., the main character in “Scrubs,” chasing Dr. Cox and trying to rip insight and wisdom from someone I respect. The realization that a recognized thought-leader and experienced entrepreneur severed ties with me felt crushing. But, I picked myself back up and thought about five ways to acquire a mentor without having the awkwardness of outright asking.

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1. Remember, a professional mentorship must be mutual.

A professional mentor must agree to engage in a mutual relationship because, as the comedy T.V. series showed us, one simply cannot force someone to tutor us. We have to prove that we are worth the time investment through persistence and dedication to the craft.

2. You have to have common interests with your mentor.

Even if a professional mentor appears at your job or school, realize that unless you and this person have common interests, you won’t find the relationship successful. I’ve been in situations where someone I respected had vastly different ideas about what was important in life or what one should spend his or her free time doing. If these things don’t line up, you may find the relationship won’t be as fruitful, even when the mentor knows a great deal about one industry.

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3. Thought-leaders will respect your passion.

One of the ways you can prove yourself worthy to a professional mentor is through your passion and your dedication. No one wants to spend time grooming and teaching another who will not take advice or put the effort in to improve. When following thought-leaders on Twitter and trying to engage with higher-ups in a work setting, realize that your actions most often speak louder than your words.

4. Before worrying if he respects you, ask if you respect him.

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