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    5 essential smart products to improve your home security.

    September 30, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020

    Home exterior at sunset | Schlage

    With everyone claiming “smart home this” and “smart home that,” where do you begin? Let us remove some of the confusion. Here are five high-tech yet simple products that can improve your home security.

     

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    Technology – that constantly evolving beast that is either loads of fun or a source of endless headaches. Which innovation do you pick? Which should you pass on? And with everyone claiming “smart home this” and “smart home that,” where do you begin? Let us remove some of the confusion. Here are five high-tech yet simple products that can improve your home security.
    5 Smart home security products.

    1. Smart lock

    Smart locks are typically more secure than traditional mechanical deadbolts. When it comes to Schlage smart locks, you’ll find some of these leading security features.

     

    • Most Schlage smart locks have a built-in alarm that can detect a disturbance at the door and alert you via your smartphone. You’ll find this option on the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus technology.

    • Unique user codes for trusted individuals can be added and removed as necessary, letting you control who has access to your home and when.

    • With no need for a key, you don’t have to worry about a spare ending up in the wrong hands.

    • Check the status of your deadbolt from anywhere, and if the door is unlocked, simply lock it using a compatible smartphone app.

    • Schlage smart locks feature the same data encryption technology used for online shopping to help protect your information.

     

    And you can improve security even more when you pair it with a smart home hub that controls other devices like your lights or motion-sensor cameras.

    2. Video doorbell

    Knowing who is at your door before you get off the couch is convenient. Knowing who is there before you unlock the door while you’re at the office is a necessity. Get that enhanced smart home security we just mentioned by combining a Schlage Encode deadbolt with the Ring Video Doorbell. With these devices together, you have the ability to see who’s on the porch, decide if you want to give them access and unlock the door using your smartphone. It’s a great way to have both peace of mind and convenience in the palm of your hand.

    3. Backup power supply

    A storm blows through and you’ve lost power. You still need to keep your home and family secure. For some devices, you’ll need a backup power supply like a generator. For others, like Schlage smart locks, there’s no need to worry. All our electronic locks are battery operated, so they’ll continue to work even if the power is down.

     

    Generators are starting to go smart, too. Consumer Reports explains how you can now use your smartphone to monitor usage on some models.

    4. Glass break sensors

    Intruders like to pick the easiest entry point, and that’s not always the front door. Sometimes it’s a window or maybe it’s a glass patio door. Install sensors that can alert you when glass is broken. Safety.com shows you what to look for with this perimeter security device and names its favorite options.

    5. Voice control

    Being safe in your home isn’t just about stopping intruders. What if you or a family member have fallen and can’t reach the phone to call for help? Just say the word and Alexa or Google Assistant can place a voice-activated call and unlock the door for your neighbor. Convenience at your fingertips is a time saver. Control with your voice could be a life saver.

     

    To make your home as safe as possible, be thorough. A strong deadbolt is vital, but you’ll be better off when you combine that with a variety of security measures to cover all your bases. Start by using our Get Help Deciding Tool to find which Schlage smart lock is right for you. Then check out what technology works best with your favorite deadbolt to start building your safest home yet.

     

    When you should rekey your exterior deadbolts and locks.

    August 19, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    When to re-key locks | Schlage

    Here are four times you may consider rekeying your exterior deadbolts and locks to maintain optimal convenience and security for your home.

     

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    Rekeying your locks often requires a visit from a local locksmith, which could prove to be more costly than replacing the locks altogether. It pays to understand when you should rekey your locks or opt for an upgrade. Here are four times you may consider rekeying your exterior deadbolts and locks to maintain optimal convenience and security for your home.
    House keys laying on moving box.

    1. You're ready to simplify home access

    Most homes have two or more entry doors, and each of those doors features a deadbolt and handleset or knob/lever. Add on any keyed garage doors, and you've got a whole pile of keys to keep track of. Rekeying each of your locks to fit a single master key, whether you do it yourself or call a locksmith for help, can greatly simplify your life and end any fumbling around trying to find the right key.

     

    When you're ready to simplify even more, consider going keyless altogether and choose a Schlage smart lock.

    2. You're upgrading one or more handlesets

    Did you take advantage of beautiful spring weather to give your front door a makeover? Are you interested in updating your exterior hardware to suit your personal style better? Or do you just need to make a functional upgrade? If all of your locks are set for the same key and you want to keep it that way, you'll need to rekey any new handlesets you purchase.

    3. Your key has been lost or stolen

    Have you ever misplaced a key to your home? Whether you're the sole key keeper or have several household members constantly coming and going, a lost or stolen key could mean that the wrong person may gain easy access to your home. Unless you want to use this as an opportunity to upgrade your hardware, now is the time to rekey your locks.

    4. You moved to a new home

    You may be surprised to hear that many homeowners do not change the locks as soon as they take possession of a new home. There's no telling who still has a key from before you moved in, so replacing or rekeying all locks should be first on your to-do list.

    If you’re rekeying because you’ve moved, you can find more real estate resources to make your transition as simple as possible at Schlage.com.

     

    As important as keys and deadbolts are, there’s much more to keeping your home safe and secure. Find more tips for protecting what matters at the Schlage blog.

     

    10 reasons to change your locks.

    August 17, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 17, 2020

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    Take control of your safety – and that of your family and house – with these 10 home security audit checkpoints.

     

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    We’re turning 100! Over 10 weeks, Schlage is sharing its favorite top-10 lists. That’s 100 tips, ideas and moments of inspiration so you can enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage for another 100 years to come.

     

    Door hardware is often an afterthought. We constantly touch our door knobs and deadbolts, and yet we think about them so infrequently. If you haven’t paid much attention to your door hardware lately, here are 10 reasons to change your lock.

    1. Dashing new door

    If you got a new door or fixed the frame, this is a great time to get a new deadbolt. All of those elements – the door, jamb and lock – can combine for a secure entryway. If you want your new front (or back and side) door to be as secure as possible, you might want to change your lock.

    2. Questionable durability

    After your last home security audit , you questioned whether that old deadbolt was still up to snuff. If the latch bolt looks warped or if you’re at all uncertain about the deadbolt’s durability, you might want to change your lock.

    3. It’s not a Schlage

    We’re biased, but after 100 years in the business, we know what it takes to make a high-quality lock. Schlage rates among the industry’s best in durability and security, according to the BHMA. We’re also already trusted in over 40 million homes, and that includes our own. If you don’t own a Schlage and want to improve your home’s security, you might want to change your lock.

    4. Home sweet new home

    You moved and you’re not sure if the previous homeowners kept a spare key. Did they remember to collect the spare from the neighbor kid who watched their pets last summer vacation? If you don’t want random strangers having access to your home, you might want to change your lock.

    5. Rebounding after a break-in

    Some burglaries could have been prevented with a stronger deadbolt or if the thief hadn’t found your fake rock. If you seek greater peace of mind and want to reduce the chances of a second break-in, you might want to change your lock.

    6. Key location: Unknown

    We get it. Keys are small. They fall out of your pocket or get left behind at the coffee shop. If you or someone with a spare can’t find the key, or your hiding place for the spare has been compromised, you might want to change your lock.

    7. Sold on smart security

    Schlage smart locks offer the same great benefits as our mechanical ones – premium metal construction, limited lifetime mechanical warranties, stylish design – and more. Give trusted service providers like a baby sitter, dog walker, plumber or even the Amazon delivery person a code so they can take care of business while you’re away. And if you’re looking for remote access, the ability to pair your deadbolt with other devices such as a video doorbell or camera, or if you like the idea of ditching the keys altogether, you might want to change your lock … to a smart lock.

    8. Embracing a new life

    When your family grows or not-so-little-ones-anymore fly the coup, you need your home to change to fit your new lifestyle. Update your door hardware so that you have the right function like locking or non-locking so you have the right amount of privacy for that office that is now a nursery or a teenager’s bedroom that is now a meditation zone. If you need new hardware for your new life, and want something that changes as easily as you do, you might want to change your lock and make it Schlage Custom Combined Interior Door Hardware.

    9. Desperately seeking style

    You want to suite the style throughout the house a variety of door hardware designs and finishes so that you can create the perfect look for your home, from the front door to the back and everywhere in between. If you want your exterior front door handleset to match your interior door hardware, you might want to change your lock.

    10. Elevating the entryway

    A beautiful entryway, and that includes your front door décor, makes a great first impression on anyone who visits your home. Make sure your handleset and deadbolt make the kind of statement you want. To update your curb appeal, you might want to change your lock.

    A new lock can do a surprising amount for your home, including help secure it, improve its style and simplify daily tasks. Find more ideas, hacks and information at our blog. And don’t forget to find us on Pinterest and Instagram for even more inspiration.

     

    How to stop package theft and other online shopping safety tips.

    August 12, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020

    Package left on front porch | Schlage

    Preventing stolen packages has been a growing priority for some time, and how to protect ourselves when shopping online isn’t just a seasonal concern. Follow these 12 tips to keep yourself safe.

     

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    We usually hear about porch pirates during the holidays, when we’re ordering gifts or shipping them to loved ones across the country. Preventing stolen packages has been a growing priority for some time, and how to protect ourselves when shopping online isn’t just a seasonal concern. In fact, it might be even more important during the coronavirus pandemic as we’re making more online purchases than ever before. Staying home is a great way to protect your health. Now here are 12 tips for also protecting your personal information and packages at the same time.

    Shop safely

    Infographic with online shopping tips for security.

    1. Shop online with stores you know and trust, maybe ones you routinely visit in real life. If you’re not familiar with a retailer, do your research before clicking “buy.” Check their social media and reviews to get a feel for other customers’ experiences. You can also check their history with the Better Business Bureau.

    2. Only provide personal information – your name, address and credit card number, for example – to secure websites. Look for the padlock icon by the address bar and make sure the site address starts with HTTPS. The “S” is a sign of the page’s security encryption.

    3. It’s always good to have a secure WiFi connection, but it’s vital when shopping online and sharing financial and other sensitive info. Avoid public and other non-protected internet connections.

    4. When registering with a site to make your purchase, always use strong passwords and passphrases. Use a different word or phrase with each site. If you have a hard time keeping track of all those passwords, try a manager like 1Password or Dashlane. You might also get some ideas for creating secure passwords from one of our previous blogs about smart lock security.

    5. Track everything, including receipts and order or transaction numbers. This is good information to have in case something goes wrong, such as a package not being delivered or being stolen from your porch, as well as if you need to return your purchase. They can also help you remember what you did and didn’t buy so when you check your bank and credit card statements, you’ll know for sure if there are unusual charges.

    Protect your packages

    Infographic with 7 tips for preventing package theft and porch pirates.

    1. Once you have the tracking information for your order, keep a close eye on delivery status. If possible, request a delivery notification and grab the box from the porch ASAP. The less time it’s sitting out unattended, the lower the risk of it being stolen.

    2. Install surveillance technology such as a video doorbell and motion-activated cameras or lights. These devices can deter some thieves. The ones who aren’t scared off will at least be caught on camera, perhaps improving the odds of you recovering your package.

    3. If you can’t bring your packages in the house immediately upon delivery, consider a lock box for your porch. Prevent Package Theft offers their list of best package drop boxes.

    4. In some instances, you can request a confirmation signature upon delivery. It might mean you have to wait an extra day if you aren’t home when your package arrives, but at least you’ll know it’s safe until then.

    5. Include special delivery instructions indicating that your package should be placed behind a bush near your door or under some patio furniture. It will still be unattended, but at least it won’t be out in plain sight.

    6. If you know you won’t be able to get to your package right away, consider having it delivered to another location like a friend’s address or UPS store. Also check if your neighborhood has a community clubhouse with a package delivery room. These are increasingly being outfitted with electronic access control for additional security.

    7. Choose the Ship to Store option. If you’re still hesitant about going into a store due to COVID, simply combine it with curbside pickup. You probably won’t have to pay shipping, your order will be more secure and it’s still contactless.

    Protecting your home and family is an ongoing effort, but it doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. Find more security tips at the Schlage blog or share your best advice with us on Twitter.

     

    5 steps for moving in and getting settled in your new home

    August 10, 2020 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 10, 2020

    Moving - New home checklist - Schlage

    In this, the second of our two-part post on preparing your current home for sale and moving into your new one, we've outlined 5 steps to make the most of your move with a number of easy, DIY solutions.

     

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    You’ve worked for this moment and have earned all the opportunity and rewards coming your way in your new home. The possibilities are virtually limitless now that you’re starting to settle in. In this, the second of our two-part post on preparing your current home for sale and moving into your new one, we have outlined five steps to make the most of your move with a number of easy, DIY solutions.
    Moving - New door hardware - Schlage

    Step 1: Secure

    There are a number of things you should do first thing to make your new home as secure as possible.
     

    • Make sure your insurance coverages and information are up to date. If you need new home, property or flood insurance, now’s the time to find out.

    • Create a new, easily accessible emergency contact list, especially if you’ve moved some distance from your old home.

    • Replace the batteries (if applicable) in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure all of these systems are in good working order.

    • Replace fire extinguishers, making sure you have enough strategically placed so you can access them easily from all corners of the house.

    • Activate the home security system if there is one installed or install a new one (a home without a security system is more than three times more likely to be broken into.)

    • Change all the locks in your home, as there’s no telling how many sets of old keys are floating around out there. Options range from re-keying current locks to replacing your exterior locks with the latest keyless smart locks. Some of these can even be controlled from anywhere on your smartphone.

    Step 2: Assess

    Did everything arrive – and arrive intact? Is your new home clean and ready for you to move in? Is everything working as it should be?
     

    • Check all appliances, boxes and furniture for moving damage and don’t hesitate to file a claim with your mover if anything is amiss.

    • Clean before you unpack. This is the perfect time to deep clean, including getting vents and ductwork professionally cleaned.

    • Plan where you want all your furnishings to go before you start moving things around.

    • Organize drawers, closets and storage now, before you actually start packing them full.

    • Check all home systems – from HVAC to electric service to utilities – to make sure everything has been hooked up, set up and is operating to your liking.

    Step 3: Settle In

    It’s time to unpack, unwind and start enjoying the fruits of your labor. The end is in sight. According to our friends at The Spruce, organization is the key.
     

    • Determine your color scheme and decorating needs before you settle in and do as much of your painting and staining as possible before moving day.

    • Develop a plan for unpacking and decide where you want things to go before you open that first box.

    • Apply that same thinking to setting your furnishings, creating vignettes on your shelves and decorating.

    • Unpack one room at a time, starting with the kitchen before moving on to bedrooms, bathrooms and larger, multi-use rooms (in that order).

    • Make sure you’re getting your mail. This isn’t something you want to discover was overlooked a week into your new home.

    Step 4: Connect

    Do friends and family know where to find you (well, the ones you want to find you, anyway)? Do you know who to call should you need anything? Make a list!
     

    • Don’t hesitate to ask your realtor for their list of contacts. He or she is a great resource for everything from plumbers and painters to local take-out.

    • Update your own contact lists, from family and friends to those all-important emergency numbers to local services.

    • Get the lay of the land. Where is the nearest good pizza? How about the nearest pharmacy? Your nearest Lowe’s or The Home Depot? Scope it out.

    • Reach out to your immediate neighbors and introduce yourself if they haven’t already taken the initiative.
    Moving - Smart locks - Schlage

    Step 5: Celebrate

    It’s time to celebrate by giving yourself a well-deserved house warming party. Here’s how, from Better Homes and Gardens.

    Welcome home

    For people selling their home, very often the best investment is to just switch out their entryway door hardware incorporating convenience, security and curb appeal. For new home owners, however, an investment in all new door hardware, indoors and out, will continue to pay returns right up to and including when you’re in the market for your next new home.

     

    From all of us at Schlage, congratulations. We’re here to help you make your new home as secure as can be with our innovative, high performance and stylish mechanical and electronic door hardware.

     

    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt are perfect for home automation and making your home smarter. These are but a few of the products Schlage offers to open possibilities for you and your new home. Share with friends and family who are looking to make a move and help open possibilities for them, too.

     

    When high security should be top of mind.

    August 7, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 7, 2020

    Home security | Schlage

    Securing your home should be simple, convenient and dependable. Here are a few easy-to-execute ideas that will increase your home security no matter the time of day, year or phase of life.

     

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    Security should always be at the top of your priority list, but that doesn’t mean it has to weigh on your mind every minute of every day. Whether whisking away on a family vacation, keeping an eye on things when your kids are home alone or simply locking up for the night, securing your home should be simple, convenient and dependable. Peace of mind is about more than keeping your family safe. It’s also about freeing you to live the life you want. Here are a few easy-to-execute ideas that will increase your home security no matter the time of day, year or phase of life.
    Blue Craftsman style home with exterior lights on.

    Always: Keep tabs on the door

    A strong deadbolt, whether mechanical or smart, can only do so much. If your door is weak, warped or cracked, you run the risk of uninvited “guests.” The same goes for your door frame. Sidelights, glass doors and sliding patio doors are prime opportunities for adding security as well, as they tend to be the most inadequately reinforced points in your home security.

    Day: Activate smart alarms

    Installing a smart alarm is a great way to receive alerts any time unusual activity is detected at home, whether you’re at work, running the carpool or out on a quick errand. You can choose for a third party to monitor your alarm for a monthly fee or avoid the fee altogether by having alerts sent directly to you. Just install motion detectors around windows and doors to trigger the alert. With coordinating cameras, you can check in to see what set off the alarm and decide if a call to your local law enforcement is needed.

    Night: Light the home

    A dark home can signal that you’re away. Create the illusion that the home is occupied by installing smart lighting and motion sensors that turn on and off at random intervals. Also consider outdoor lighting like porch lamps or motion-activated garage lights. A well-lit home is one of the first deterrents would-be intruders look for.

    Holidays: Set up surveillance

    Along with a well-lit home, visible cameras can make criminals pass your home by. You can also opt for a smart solution that includes 24/7 monitoring, allowing you to check what is going on at your home no matter where you are. Cameras work any time of year, but you might find them especially comforting during Christmas at Grandma’s or while lounging on the beach. Find more security tips for vacation time on our blog.

    Lifetime: Install smart locks

    Great for any time of day, smart locks can also provide peace of mind for any time of life. Install one on your own home and never wonder if the kids lost the spare key and are locked out after school. Or give one to older relatives. You can check in on them without having to carry your own spare, see via an app if they remembered to lock up even if you aren’t close by or unlock the door from anywhere in the unfortunate event emergency personnel need to access the house. To find the smart lock that’s right for you and your family, try our interactive Get Help Deciding Tool.

     

    For even more on equipping a safe and secure home, check out the Home Security tips at the Schlage blog.

     

    12 security questions to ask before booking a vacation rental.

    August 6, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, August 6, 2020

    Dog on vacation | Schlage

    Because Schlage is concerned about your security no matter where you’re living, we give you 12 safety questions to ask before booking your next vacation home.

     

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    Have you been burned by false advertising for a vacation rental? Are you new and unsure about Airbnb or house sharing? There’s a lot to consider before hitting the “Book” button on a listing. Because Schlage is concerned about your security no matter where you’re living, we give you 12 safety questions to ask before booking your next vacation home.

    Pug with hat and sunglasses laying on beach chair.

    Before we get to the questions, try these two suggestions to help you come to a final decision about safety. First, read the property’s reviews. If the neighborhood was a bit scary or the house was unsafe, most past visitors will make a point of including that in their evaluation.

     

    Next, use the street view option on Google maps. “Drive” around and start to determine if you’d feel safe in the area, if there are restaurants and stores you want to visit and if there’s nearby construction that might disrupt your holiday.

    12 vacation rental security questions

    1. Does your host have a personal picture on their booking profile?

    You want to be able to recognize the property manager or host by sight, especially if they’re going to meet you at the house. Dog pictures are cute, but you want to see the person, not the pup.

    2. Are there working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors?

    A 2018 study found that 80 percent of Airbnb properties had smoke alarms. Less than half had CO detectors. The safest practice is to treat a rental property like your own home. At a minimum, you want smoke detectors in the kitchen and bedrooms.

    3. Are there working fire extinguishers?

    That same 2018 study found that less than half of Airbnb properties stocked working fire extinguishers. If you plan to cook while on vacation, a fire extinguisher is always good to have in the kitchen.

    4. Does the property meet local safety regulations?

    If local regulations require properties to have a smoke detector and it’s missing, that’s a red flag. Not only will smoke alarms make the rental safer in the event of a fire, but the lack of one could be a sign that the property manager is sub-par at best and dangerously negligent at worst.

    5. Is there a first aid kit?

    If you need a fire extinguisher, you’ve probably had a larger incident, but a first aid kit is good to have available for even the most minor mishaps. Because sometimes you just need a bandaid.

    6. Are there smart locks? Who else has a key to the property?

    Being able to control who has access to the vacation rental is important to your security and that of your belongings. When the property manager uses smart locks, it’s less likely that a previous guest will still have a key to the house. The manager might also be able to monitor when access codes are used, alerting them to something out of the ordinary that might be a risk to you.

    7. Are there security cameras?

    Some of us like the idea of security camera that can be monitored by the property manager and some of us are put off by it. Whatever your preference, it’s good to know if the property has cameras, who’s keeping an eye on them and what to do in the event of a break-in.

    8. Is there an alarm system?

    Like smart locks, having an alarm system on the property can add additional security to you and your belongings. If there is a system, ask the manager about codes to turn it on and off, and what happens if it gets triggered. Will the police be notified directly or will you be required to report the alarm?

    9. Are there working street lights? Is the neighborhood safe to walk in at night alone?

    If you’re concerned about the neighborhood, these questions will give you some insight as to what to expect. For the same reason you put security lights on your garage at home, you want to feel comfortable outside your rental property at any time of day or night.

    10. Who do I call in an emergency?

    If something happens on the property – a break-in, fire, injury – you’ll need to have accurate contact info. Get phone numbers and addresses for local police and hospitals. Also double-check that you have correct contact information for the host and find out who to text or call during off-business hours. Of course, 911 is always an option and, in some cases, your best one.

    11. What amenities are available for my baby/elderly parent/handicapped travel companion?

    If you have kids, you might ask if there are baby gates, childproof locks on cabinets or gates to restrict pool access. Also ask if there are stairs, handicapped railings in the bathroom and other necessary accommodations if you or your party has mobility concerns.

    12. What else matters to me for safety?

    As one Airbnb host pointed out, we all have different ideas of what a “safe neighborhood” is, so ask direct questions to get to the heart of what matters to you. Will I be approached by people on the street asking for money? Are there factories nearby that emit chemicals (particularly important for longer stays or if you’re concerned about smelly fumes)? These are direct inquiries that most property managers will be able to answer.

    Once you’ve confidently booked your holiday getaway, make sure your own home is protected while you’re away. Take these home security steps before leaving for vacation and find more safety tips at Schlage.com/blog.

     

    How to conduct a home security audit in 10 easy steps.

    August 5, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

    House at night | Schlage

    Take control of your safety – and that of your family and house – with these 10 home security audit checkpoints.

     

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    We’re turning 100! Over 10 weeks, Schlage is sharing its favorite top-10 lists. That’s 100 tips, ideas and moments of inspiration so you can enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage for another 100 years to come.

     

    Do you know how secure your home is? It’s easy to overlook the obvious when you’re staring at the same walls every day. And it’s tempting to fall into risky habits when you’re just trying to make it through another busy week. Take control of your safety – and that of your family and house – with these 10 home security audit checkpoints.

    Country home at night with lights on.

    1. Locks

    Your exterior door deadbolts are key to your line of defense against burglars. During your home security audit, assess what kind of lock you have and if it fits your needs, verify that it’s in good working order and figure out if all exterior doors are keyed alike. If your deadbolts don’t provide the security you need, consider upgrading to a more durable option or one like a Schlage smart lock that allows you to control home access from anywhere.

     

    Read more: Increase your door security with the right deadbolt lock.

    2. Keys

    Especially if you’ve lived in your home for a long time, you may have lost track of who has a spare key. Or maybe your kids misplaced a spare. Or maybe that fake rock isn’t where you thought you left it. The audit is a good time to take inventory. If you can’t account for all the spares, consider replacing your locks or having them rekeyed.

    3. Security system

    If you have a security system, make sure the settings are up-to-date for your lifestyle, that only the appropriate people have the codes and that batteries, if required, are fresh. Consider changing passcodes and pairing your security system with smart home devices for greater security.

    4. Access points

    Doors and windows are both tempting entry points for intruders. Evaluate the material and condition of your door – solid core wood or steel doors are typically best – and check your windows for cracks, weak frames and broken latches. Consider installing shatter-proof glass both in traditional windows or those inset in doors. Realign and tighten door hinges.

     

    Read more: How to choose replacement hinges.

    5. Plants

    Greenery does wonders for your curb appeal, but shrubs can also create hiding places for intruders and tree branches can fall on your roof or car. Keep bushes and trees trimmed, especially those around windows, doors and gates.

    6. House numbers

    House numbers that can be read easily from the street make it easier for emergency responders to locate your home. Remove tree limbs that may be obstructing the numbers or install new ones nearer the street, such as on your mailbox or a planter.

    7. Garage

    If you have a detached garage, make sure locks are in proper working order. This includes side entrances, not just where you pull your car in. Run the same checks here as you do for the exterior of your home. If you have an attached garage, do you have a deadbolt on the entryway leading to the home? Also consider updating any access codes if your garage has a keypad. If you store toxic chemicals or dangerous tools in your garage, make sure they are secured and out of reach of kids and pets.

    8. Detectors and safety devices

    Check that all bedrooms, kitchens and garages, at a minimum, have working smoke detectors. Carbon monoxide detectors are also a good idea, and both of these should have fresh batteries. Your audit is also a prime time for installing or checking fire extinguishers, first-aid kits and other safety devices around the home.

    9. Daily behavior

    Evaluate your own behavior. Do you lock your doors every time, even when you’re home? Do you make it too obvious that the house is empty when you’re on vacation? Find the weak spots in your own daily routines and take steps to correct them.

     

    Read more: Home security steps you should take before leaving for vacation.

    10. Family member roles

    Make sure everyone in the house – from kids to grandparents – know how to keep the home secure. Everyone should know how to lock doors and windows, who is permitted access to the home and what to do in the event of an emergency.

    We recommend completing an audit at various times of year – perhaps every six months – and during the day and night each time. That will help you to uncover any weak spots you might not have noticed in the daylight or when there are leaves on the branches in the spring.

     

    After each security audit, you might have improvements to make. Consider all your options when making updates. Replacing the light bulb over your garage is simple, but installing a motion-activated flood light or camera could enhance your security even more. Simply replacing your front door lock with another that’s the same but new could be enough. But you might also enjoy upgrading to a smart lock. Try our Get Help Deciding Tool to find out which Schlage smart lock is right for your home.

     

    For more ideas on how to improve your home’s security, visit our blog archive or ask us your questions on Twitter and Facebook.

     

    How to secure your home during a move.

    July 21, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

    Moving security checklist | Schlage

    Keeping your family safe in their new home is as important as the home itself. Use this checklist to examine and choose upgrades for your new home's security.

     

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    Moving is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. There are a lot of things that can be unnerving – not knowing who else might have keys to the home you just purchased, being uncertain about where to go in an emergency – but there are also a lot of things you can do to make this milestone easier. Start by examining and upgrading your security, because keeping your family safe in their new home is as important as the home itself.
    New home security checklist.

    10-Step New Home Security Checklist

    Review our security checklist before and after you move to protect your home and family.

     

    1. Change all of the locks as soon as possible. For superior in-home security, install Schlage deadbolts and front entry handlesets. Nearly all of Schlage’s products are rated Best in Security, Durability and Finish by the BHMA, meaning you can trust your hardware to protect your new home and everything in it.

    2. If the house has a security system, change the access codes immediately and notify any alarm service of the new ownership. The same goes for a smart lock that came with the home as well as your garage keypad. Change their codes ASAP.

    3. Tour your new home and property and look for weak links in your home's defenses such as missing deadbolts on exterior doors, flimsy door and window locks, and lack of outdoor lighting. Every entry door, including the door linking your garage and house, should have a Schlage deadbolt.

    4. As part of your home security audit , check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. You want one in each bedroom, the kitchen and the garage, at a minimum. If they aren’t already installed, add them. If they are old or not functioning properly, replace them. Even if they’re in pristine condition, it can’t hurt to replace the batteries.

    5. Add, service or replace fire extinguishers. Also, learn how to use them. You don’t want to be reading the instructions for the first time when there are flames on the stove.

    6. Consider your perimeter security. Walk around your yard at different times of the day to judge lighting and shadows. Think about how you will enter and exit the home from different doorways and consider upgrades from smart lighting systems and sensors to simply increasing the wattage of existing bulbs.

    7. Locate plumbing, electrical and HVAC valves and controls. Many new-home DIY projects require you to turn off the power or the water before replacing light fixtures or faucets, for example. It’s also good to know where they are in case of unexpected flooding or other malfunctions.

    8. Find out the phone numbers and locations of the emergency services that serve your area.

    9. When you move in, join your local Neighborhood Watch.

    10. Update your insurance coverage. This obviously includes your homeowner’s policy, but see if any adjustments can be made to car insurance, too. Do you have a garage instead of street parking now? Maybe your commute to work is shorter? These things can sometimes lower your premium.

    Your new home deserves the latest technology

    Installing the latest in smart home technology can help improve your home’s security and energy efficiency. Combined, that gives you peace of mind, added everyday convenience and more money in your pocket, always a good thing after buying a new home. When choosing a Schlage smart lock, it’s worth the time to investigate which other devices and smart home hubs they work with so that you can easily and seamlessly control everything from lights to your thermostat, locks and maybe even the coffeemaker.

     

    See which Schlage smart lock is the right fit for your home and the technology you already have with our Get Help Deciding Tool.

     

    It can be easy to overlook details – some of them obvious, others less so – when you’re in the middle of a move. Try our Moving Checklist to make sure you have everything covered, from security to pet and child care to creating a relaxation oasis in the midst of it all.

     

    Toddler door locks to keep your little ones safe.

    July 7, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Toddler door lock | Schlage

    Here's what you need to know to choose the right toddler door lock and best practices to keep your little ones as safe as possible.

     

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    You need your home to change with your lifestyle, and nothing changes as quickly as your kids. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a few shortcuts you could take to keep everyone safe and stress-free?

     

    Here’s a tip that will help no matter what stage your family is at: Try Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware. Its combined interior functionality makes it an ideal lock for curious toddlers, busy adults and everyone in between.

     

    Those of us who have toddlers know that you have to be flexible. Naptime doesn’t always go as planned. Healthy veggies don’t always get eaten. Sometimes your hair doesn’t get washed. You can worry about it or you can roll with the punches. But sometimes you can plan ahead to avoid the stress altogether. Schlage Custom Door Hardware is one of those times.

    Toddler reaching up to touch door lock.

    How do I prevent my toddler from locking doors?

    With their innovative chassis – that’s the interior component of a lock – Schlage Custom knobs and levers let you switch between locking and non-locking functions without replacing the entire lock. That gives you the flexibility you need for your curious little one without extra effort on your part.

     

    Picture this. Your toddler has a tendency to shut themselves in a room. Maybe they think they’re being funny. Maybe they’re protesting carrots. Jokes aside, this can be dangerous. You might not even realize they’ve locked themselves in a room, making it extra risky in the event of a fire or other emergency. When your Schlage Custom Door Hardware is set to the non-locking function, Tiny Tim can’t lock himself in. You can easily and safely retrieve him.

     

    Now flash forward 10 or 15 years. Tim isn’t so tiny anymore and everyone would like a bit more privacy. Simply switch your hardware to the locking function by installing the privacy pin. This is a convenient and affordable option for any room but especially bathrooms, bedrooms and even home offices. Switching back to the non-locking function if you change your mind or your lifestyle changes is simple, too.

    What happens if I need to unlock the door from the outside?

    Whether it’s because of a sneaky toddler or just a simple mistake, you can still gain entry to a room locked from the inside using the emergency unlock tool. No more removing door knobs or trying to cajole your tike into letting you in. Each Schlage Custom Door Hardware package comes with one, and our FAQ and video show you how it works.

    How can I keep my toddler safe in their room?

    Having the right locks for toddlers is just one part of keeping them safe. You might also opt for a knob instead of a lever. The same thing that makes levers so appealing for some, particularly those with arthritic hands, can make them frustrating for parents of mini escape artists. A door knob may be just difficult enough for your toddler to operate, keeping them from sneaking out a back door or down to the basement.

     

    The type of door you choose can also add a layer of security. Dutch doors were originally designed to keep livestock out of the house while still being able to open the home to fresh breezes. In the same way, a Dutch door can keep your little one in an area while still allowing you to keep an eye on them from the next room over. Although it’s not traditional, you can install a Dutch door on a playroom, bedroom or other interior space for perfect convenience and safety.

     

    Other ideas include motion sensors or video monitors that can send notifications to your phone when they detect something out of the ordinary. Some of these products are designed with baby monitoring in mind, but you could use any number of connected devices for an extra dose of peace of mind. Then, when you no longer need the camera to keep an eye on your kiddo, you can repurpose it for another location such as in the mailbox.

     

    Learn more about Schlage Custom Door Hardware and find a retailer at Schlage.com. You can also find step-by-step instructions for how to install Schlage Custom Door Hardware on our blog.

     

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