Keep Your Home And Belongings Secure With Master Lock Review And #GIVEAWAY 11/11
With October coming to a close, families are starting to plan their Holiday travels. I know my family will be heading to Cleveland, Ohio in the coming months to see my Grandma and we will also be spending time in Maryland with my husband's dad and his family. When families plan their hectic Holiday schedules, one thing that should not be neglected is ensuring their homes and belongings will remain secure while they are away. The Holiday season is the peak time for criminals to break into homes and commit robberies and often worse, as they know that many peoples' homes will be unattended due to Holiday gatherings and celebrations that require traveling. I am lucky enough to have a team of crime-fighting, numchuck wielding elves that will be guarding my home for me while I am away, but many families are not that lucky. So adding some extra protection is always a smart idea, and may just keep your home from being burglarized.
Did you know that October is National Crime Prevention Month? Sure, the month may be almost over, but it's always a good idea to put common sense precautions in place to protect your family and your priceless belongings. To help recognize National Crime Prevention Month, Master Lock is working to educate people on very basic things they can do on a daily basis to prevent not only becoming victims of crime themselves, but protect other family members or people in their local neighborhoods.
Here are some wonderful, common sense tips from the nice folks at Master Lock that are sure to help keep you safe and secure, not only during the upcoming Holiday season, but all year long:
1. Lock everything up. It is essential to keep your home, vehicles, valuables and family safe at all times. Whether you’re at home or away for the day, all points of entry should be locked and more valuable items should be stored in secure areas. Consider utilizing such Master Lock security products as key safes, locking storage boxes and padlocks for extra protection. Every family member, including children, should know how to secure everything from windows and doors to garages and sheds.
2. Limit availability of personal information. When on the go, carry only what you need. Do not keep social security cards, birth certificates or passports in purses or wallets. If possible, remove your name from marketing lists to reduce identifying junk mail and shred credit card offers that still come through to decrease the chance that your personal information could be accepted on your behalf by a stranger. You may even want to consider storing confidential data and information in a secure, online location where only you have access, such as the Master Lock Vault.
3. Start a neighborhood watch. Your street, parks and neighborhood should be an area where you and your family feel most comfortable. Forming relationships with neighbors can ensure there are additional watchful eyes on your home. Take this one step further by mobilizing a group of surrounding homeowners, encouraging each other to keep your eyes and ears open for anything suspicious and arranging regular patrols to increase neighborhood activity. In many cases, local police departments or PTAs will have resources to help you get started.
4. Trust your instincts. If a specific person or place causes you to feel uneasy, avoid the situation by removing yourself completely, and alert authorities if a suspicious person is lurking in your neighborhood.
5. If a crime occurs, report it! Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to share with the police, family or friends if you experience some sort of crime, regardless of how small. Relating your experiences can help the police or other families ensure the incident does not occur again.
To help commemorate National Crime Prevention Month, the nice folks at Master Lock sent me a Dual Function Door Security Bar for my review. My 11 year old son was absolutely thrilled that we received this product, since he has recently moved his room from the top floor to our fully finished basement. He is getting to that age that he wants more independence, and he sure doesn't want to be surrounded by his baby brother and sister all the time. Our basement has a door with a dead bolt, but he still gets a little nervous at times. Having this Dual Function Door Security Bar helps give him peace of mind, especially at night. The really neat thing about this security bar is that is can be adapted for use on both hinged doors as well as sliding glass doors. We have a hinged door downstairs, and this kind of hooks around the door knob at one end while the other end sits securely on the floor. To test out its effectiveness, we unlocked both the dead bolt and the regular lock and just used this security bar. I then went outside towards the back of the house and tried to enter, knowing the door was only being secured with the Master Lock Dual Function Door Security Bar. Guess what? I couldn't get in, even when using significant force. When my husband got home from work, we tried it again, since he is much stronger than I am. He couldn't enter, either! This security bar truly works! Of course I would recommend keeping your doors locked at all times. That's just common sense. But this product is a wonderful reinforcement to your regular security and would most certainly help deter an intruder. After all, anyone who is breaking and entering is not just coming to borrow a cup of sugar!
Overall, I would definitely recommend the Master Lock Dual Function Door Security Bar. This product is sturdy, effective, and would definitely serve as a fantastic layer of added protection against crime. I know my son sleeps more soundly knowing that he has this product on our back door at night! I am also a lot more secure knowing my home will have the Master Lock protection while we're traveling this Holiday season.
You can check out this and many other fine products on the Master Lock website. Master Lock products are available at most retailers near you!
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One very lucky follower will be receiving the Master Lock Dual Function Door Security Bar to help protect their homes, too! How cool is that?!
Please use this handy Rafflecopter form to enter!
This giveaway is open to US Residents 18+ and will be open until 12:01AM EST on 11/11/2011. Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced here, tweeted, shared on Facebook, and contacted via e-mail. The winners will have 48 hours to reply and claim their prize. If I receive no response, I will be forced to draw a new winner.
***Disclosure: I received a complimentary product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
10/28/2011 05:24:15 am
I just installed an alarm system to secure my home.
10/28/2011 05:49:39 am
We have a safe!
10/28/2011 06:50:45 am
We have 5 barking dogs as an alarm system :)
10/28/2011 07:33:31 am
sure could use this
10/28/2011 07:36:13 am
we leave the lights on when were gone.always lock up car.also put out purchases in the trunk.we stay together or pair off when shopping and wait for everyone to meet at front of store.
10/28/2011 07:55:09 am
Everything locked up and no presents visable to the outside world through windows anywhere.
10/28/2011 09:02:01 am
We have an alarm.
10/28/2011 09:49:29 am
A dog that barks at strangers serves as an alarm. That and we keep the doors locked at night.
10/28/2011 10:14:46 am
I have protection. Extra locks would be nice too!
10/28/2011 03:42:49 pm
We have an alarm on our home! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
10/28/2011 08:00:11 pm
I make sure that they are placed away and that I lock my doors.
10/28/2011 11:13:24 pm
We always make sure our doors are locked.
10/29/2011 03:36:57 am
We have 2 barking dogs and 2 guns! :-) We also have strong dead bolts and chains on our main doors and a dead bolted iron door for our back door. We had iron bars on the windows but we had to take them off when we bought the house in order to pass the inspection. One day when we can afford it, we'll put them back up.
10/29/2011 04:17:08 am
We make sure we have good locks
10/29/2011 08:17:41 am
We put our lights on timers so they come on in the evening and go off during the day. We also stop our mail and newspaper so that no one notices our mail and newspapers piling up while we are gone.
10/29/2011 10:39:26 am
Outdoor lights, deadbolts and a big dog :D
Valerie Taylor Mabrey
10/29/2011 01:06:26 pm
Leave lights and a radio on
10/29/2011 01:29:25 pm
Everything stays locked up and hidden away.
pj @ seens
10/29/2011 08:35:50 pm
Congratulations to the winner. What a cool prize!
10/31/2011 02:22:28 am
We have an alarm system installed with motion detectors and window sensors. All doors are kept locked, even when we're home. We just moved out of a very bad area, so it's habit to lock everything!
10/31/2011 09:08:24 pm
We keep our family and belongings safe with a house alarm and motion detector lights.
11/2/2011 05:36:24 am
i have alarms on all the doors and windows :)
11/2/2011 06:21:19 am
We just keep our house locked up and hope everything is still there when we get back.
11/5/2011 03:24:49 am
I trust my neighbors to keep watch
11/5/2011 05:05:23 am
We keep the house locked up and items away from easy view through the windows, but since we live in the country, any thieves would be long gone before the sheriff's department could arrive even if we did have an alarm system. Get the mail through a PO box so don't have to worry about that showing no one is home. Just hope for the best!
11/5/2011 08:13:48 am
11/5/2011 07:46:42 pm
Everything gets locked up.
11/8/2011 04:21:48 pm
Keep packages, presents out of sight and bags in the car also out of sight.
11/8/2011 08:07:39 pm
We make sure our doors are locked and alarm is set
11/8/2011 08:35:18 pm
right now I use a chair under my door knob - old school Bronx style.
11/8/2011 08:38:56 pm
just in case I forgot to put my info in any of the comments
11/9/2011 02:34:51 am
We don't put presents out until the last minute and even then make sure that they can't be seen from the outside.
11/9/2011 02:59:20 am
We never leave anything in plain site from the outside, and definitely never leave anything in our cars.
11/9/2011 01:29:39 pm
We keep all our valuable stuff in a safe,lock all doors,and lock all windows to keep safe!
11/9/2011 05:30:56 pm
I have locks and dead bolts on my doors plus 2 dogs
11/9/2011 07:38:21 pm
We have an alarm system and we keep everything locked up.
11/9/2011 11:14:47 pm
We keep the doors locked and curtains closed at night.
11/10/2011 03:43:03 am
we have deadbolt locks and i always make sure to lock the door at night
11/10/2011 05:36:15 am
I make sure we stay together at all times and I try to park in a well lit area at night and always put packages out of sight and not in plain view wilcarvic
11/10/2011 05:58:34 am
Lock our doors.
11/10/2011 07:52:19 am
we have a house sitter
11/10/2011 08:18:00 am
we live on a street with really good neighbors who look out for one another
11/10/2011 08:21:40 am
I have a great puppy dog that does her job and my hubby locks the doors.
11/10/2011 08:29:24 am
Exercise my constitutional right to bear arms
11/10/2011 09:35:57 am
We always lock our deadbolts!
11/10/2011 11:37:22 am
We have a dog
11/10/2011 12:20:49 pm
We stay safe by locking up
11/10/2011 12:47:17 pm
We have a safe where we keep valuables and important documents. We also leave a light on when we are away at night and are looking into getting a security system. Thanks for the giveaway
11/10/2011 12:52:39 pm
I lock everything
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