Tips to Improve Your Home’s Security
By Danny Oberst
Home burglaries, even if you are not there, can have a major impact on you and your family’s sense of safety and well‐being. There is nothing more personal than having one’s home and privacy invaded by an unwelcome intruder.
While it is difficult to protect your home from professional thieves, most home burglaries are done by amateurs. These thieves are more easily thwarted if you employ some of these simple security precautions:
Change the locks
Remember to change all the locks when you move into a new house. You’ll never know who had access to the keys before you moved in.
Install an alarm system
Alarm systems are one of the best forms of home protection. Seeing that a home has an alarm system often prevents an intruder from even attempting a burglary. Hearing an alarm go off usually sends a burglar running.
Conceal all wiring
Burglars often look for wiring around the exterior of a house to cut and disable the security system. Keep your home security wires hidden as best as possible.
Give the appearance that your house is occupied
Professional burglars scour neighborhoods looking for homeowners who are away from their home for an extended period of time. Ask friends or neighbors to pick‐up your mail and newspapers. Automatic timers are a great way to turn lights on and off while you are away.
Don’t leave your key in the mailbox or under the doormat
This is a home security tip that everyone has heard, but many still ignore. One of the easiest ways to enter a home uninvited is by finding a key in the mailbox or under the doormat. Wrap your key in foil and place it in a secret spot that only your family knows about.
Light up the entrance to your home
A smart way to keep thieves away is to utilize proper outdoor lighting. Lighting with infrared or motion detectors automatically turns on when someone is in a specific zone or area.
Install deadbolt locks
All exterior doors should have at least a 1 inch thick deadbolt lock. When installing deadbolts, make sure to leave a minimal amount of space between the door and its frame, as this provides an opportunity for an intruder to pry the door apart.
Use metal bars on sliding doors
Any sliding glass doors, patio doors or sliding windows should have a metal bar that is placed along the bottom track of the door or window.