Our homes are our safe places, and we want to keep them that way. But no matter what we do, there is a chance that someone might try to break in and take something we value. It’s an unfortunately reality of the world we live in, so in our home we always do what we can to make any break-in attempts harder on the thieves so it wont be worth their time or effort.
Growing up, we always had a sliding door. And while we absolutely love it for the amount of light and air it lets in the home. But the reality is, sliding doors can be an invitation to thieves and make an easy place for them to break in. We always had (and still have) a wooden stick in the door to make it harder to open. But this year, Master Lock upgraded our security system with one of their Security Door Bars.
After unpacking the Security Door Bar, I worried it would be hard to install. But installation was not only easy but it required zero tools to get it set up. The Master Lock Security Door Bar are two telescoping metal tubes that you can resize anywhere from 27 1/2″ to 42″, making it easy to resize to any door size. Simply push the button and move the pole to the right size. Really, no instructions are needed and you can have your security bar in place in a couple of minutes.
What we loved about the Master Lock Security Bar is it doesn’t just work on sliding doors, instead it can work on a standard door as well. This can be an extra security measure if you want it, and the top of the Security Door Bar has a rounded cut out perfect for door knobs. The base of the security bar will pivot so it’s at the right angle for your door, and is a non-skid material so it will stay in place.
With an easy installation, and the fact the Security Bar is constructed of 20-gauge steel to withstand more than 350 pounds of force, helping ensure that your doors remain securely shut. It helps give us the peace of mind that our home is more secure when we’re there and away.
Master Lock is offering security tips to help keep you protected, safe and secure:
- Protect the Home from Intruders – Burglars can view senior citizens’ homes as an easy target. Simple security measures can help protect senior citizens against home invasion. Master Lock 265DCCSEN Security Door Bar provides an additional layer of security to homes by affixing to sliding glass and patio doors. Additionally, when traveling, enlist a trusted friend or family member to pick up the mail and newspapers to avoid showing signs of an empty house. Store a spare house key in a trusted key safe, such as the Master Lock 5422D Push Button Portable Key Safe to provide to your designated house sitter. Also, take extra precautions such as installing a home alarm system to deter intruders and break-ins.
- Secure Personal Belongings in a Nursing Home Setting – Senior citizens that are no longer living on their own and live in group home environments face a unique set of security concerns. With several caregivers, cleaners, and residents in and out of a nursing home resident’s living quarters, it’s important to keep valuables protected. Store important items and documents in an easy-to-use, locked safe. Small items, such as credit cards, jewelry or cash, fit in the portable Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace Portable Personal Safe while larger items, like documents or memorabilia, can be stored in a larger safe, such as the SentrySafe Extra Large Combination Fire Safe (SFW123DTB)
- Stay Safe While on the Road – With advanced age can come vision impairments and other issues that can impact senior citizens’ ability to drive. Given this, senior citizens must visit the DMV more frequently for license renewal to ensure they are safe on the road. Senior citizens can ease their driving experience by avoiding driving at night and in bad weather, planning the safest and easiest route and limiting distractions such as a loud radio, talking on a cell phone, texting and eating.
- Protect Personal Assets from Scams – Be overly cautious with telemarketers or outside salespeople, who tend to prey on seniors. Be careful in these situation and properly research the company if they are seeking some form of payment. The police or Better Business Bureau can be good resources to check to determine if it’s a legitimate business, a scam or a threat of identity theft. Avoid providing your credit card, Social Security, Medicare or bank account details to anyone over the phone. Also, never carry personal documents such as a Social Security card with you. Instead, keep these locked up and store digital copies via the free, secure and easy-to-use Master Lock Vault app. The app helps to alleviate the worry surrounding lost or stolen paper documents that contain confidential information, offers a password manager and provides reliable, convenient 24/7 access.
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