3 Vintage Home Security Devices that No Longer Work

In today’s sophisticated security climate, criminals have become more sophisticated too. That means that many things we once considered tried-and-true security devices are no longer useful; in fact, they are downright not smart anymore. Our home security company believes it’s high time to retire these three “old school” security practices:

Keys Under the Mat

Even in this day and age, many parents make the mistake of placing a key under the mat for children to use when they come to an empty house. But what if those children walk into a house that has already been robbed and ransacked, or worse – into the company of an awaiting predator? Instead of putting a key under the mat for your kids, give them their own key, or better yet install remote, keyless lock control.

The Plastic Rock

If you have a history of losing keys – or like the parents described above, have some reason to not give your children their own keys – then the plastic rock was your solution (15 years ago). But today, there is hardly a thief in America who doesn’t know about these strange security solutions. Even the least intelligent burglar is most likely smart enough to spot a fake rock placed strategically near the doorway, pick it up and let himself in.

Combination Locks

They may still work for high school gym lockers, but combination locks are no longer a good idea to use as bicycle locks. Bike thieves are pretty experienced these days, and most can cut a combination lock in a matter of seconds. Instead, use a U-Lock (ask your retailer if unfamiliar) and always lock your bike’s frame to an unmovable object (a sturdy bike rack). You can also get a U-Lock with a cable, which will allow you to lock the frame and both wheels to the bike rack. This is a better alternative to combination locks for bicycles.

When it comes to protecting your home and your possessions, the “old ways” aren’t always the best ways. Take it from an established home security business: Retire these outdated security methods and embrace the new technology that was designed with you in mind. Contact GuardMe today to learn more.


Craig Metzger
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