4 Easy Ways to Secure Your Home, Your Belongings and Yourself

City livin’ ain’t always easy. Crime and theft rates tend to ebb and flow with the seasons, but there are a few simple steps you can take to protect your home. Need a starting point? No problem. 3rd St. Hardware is here to help.

1. Get a key ring.

One of the best ways to expose yourself to crime is to leave your keys lying around. Pick up a keyring to make sure all your keys are in one place and always on you. Channel your inner attitude or get inspired by our leather key rings featuring motivational messages such as, “Why the hell not?”

2. Ditch the rock for a lock box.

Speaking of keys, time to toss out that old rock you’ve been hiding your house key under (or make a pet rock out of it). Not only is one house robbed every 15 seconds, 33% of those burglaries are unlawful entries. That means that a break-in occurred with no sign of forced entry, potentially assisted by a spare key.

Of course, sometimes you need a spare key for your family to use or on the off chance you misplace yours. Luckily, we not only make key copies, but while you’re here, you can pick up a key lock box as well. This may be more obvious to potential criminals, but it will be more difficult for them to access, too.

You may also want to pick up a cash box for your valuables. It’ll give you a little peace of mind for when you’re out of the house. Then you can get back to wondering if you left the stove on.

3. Examine your house for dangers.

On that note, you might want to pick up a fire extinguisher. Just in case! It can come in handy when you leave that meatloaf in the oven a little too long. Not that we’d know from experience. 3rd St. Hardware also offers a selection of CO2, radon and mold detectors.

4. Secure your bike.

Stolen bikes are so common in Philadelphia that there are groups and social media pages dedicated to their recovery. A Philadelphia Magazine article reported that 2,122 bikes were reported stolen in 2013, and a statistical analyst predicted that the actual number was three to four times higher with numbers continuously rising. With all the theft taking place, there’s no reason to take unnecessary risk. Stop by, grab a lock and lock up your bike. And if you need a little reminder on the best way to do it, check out this guide from the Bicycle Coalition.

If you need help figuring out how to our hardware and products can make your house or belongings more secure, give us a call or stop by for a visit. We’re happy to help with any of your safety and security needs.

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