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How to Secure Your Home From Intruders

Is your home REALLY safe?  Your home is your sanctuary where your family should feel secure.  Protecting your home and family from criminal intrusion should be HIGH on your list of priorities.

Protect Your Family & Valuables

The most common threat to our home is burglary. Burglars won't find your home an "easy mark" if they have to take a lot of time breaking in, or if they can't break in without making a lot of noise. Research shows that if it takes more than four or five minutes to break into a home, the burglar will go elsewhere. Taking precautions by adding safety devices will protect your home & family, and in some cases lower your insurance.
Important Security Steps & Information

The first step is to harden the target or make your home more difficult to enter. Remember, the burglar will simply bypass your home if it requires too much effort or requires more skill and tools than they possess.

Door Security - Standard Doors

A burglar can gain entry to your home by kicking in the door. Make sure you have good, solid, strong doors.

1. Outside doors should be metal or solid hardwood, & at least 1 3/4 inches thick.
2. Frames must be made of equally strong material, & each door must fit its frame securely.
3. Even the most efficient lock, if it is placed in a weak door, will not keep out a determined burglar.
4. A peephole or a wide-angle viewer in the door is safer for identifying visitors than a door chain.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors present a special problem because they are easy to open.

1. Add sliding glass door locks
2. Keep a wooden dowel or stick in the track of sliding glass doors to prevent them from being opened from the outside if the lock is broken.

Choosing the right lock

An intruder can enter your home by breaking low grade locks. Locks are not the place to skimp on home security. If a thief makes it past your lighting, your alarm & your dog without being deterred, you pretty much have one last shot to stop the break-in -- at the point of entry.

1. Deadbolt locks are best. They usually are locked with a key from the outside & a thumb turn on the inside. The cylinder (where the key is inserted) should be pick-resistant. Ask us about our High Security Locks.
2. Make sure when you move in to your new residence you have the locks re-keyed. There's no telling who the previous residents may have given a spare key to, or whether they kept one themselves.
3. Keypads are a good alternative to traditional locks in homes that are occupied or accessed by many people.
4. Combination keyless locks are a great way to keep certain rooms off limits to anyone but those with the code!

Securing your Windows

Windows are another point of entry for burglars. Following a few simple steps can help deter burglars.

1. Key locks are available for all types of windows.
2. Double-hung windows can be secured simply by "pinning" the upper & lower frames together with a nail, which can be removed from the inside.
3. For windows at street level or on fire escapes, consider installing metal accordion gates.
4. Keep expensive equipment & items away from your windows.
5. Make sure skylights & roof-access areas are properly secured with heavy-duty hardware.

Video Surveillance & Motion Detectors

Today's technology has allowed us to protect our homes & families by using CCTV, cameras, video surveillance systems, the internet & motion sensors whether you are home or not.

1. Installing video surveillance cameras around your property — with viewing access through the Internet — will allow you to keep an eye on your home while you're gone.
2. If you have video surveillance cameras, get a lockbox to store the central recording device. That way, a thief can't make off with the record of their crime.
3. Baby video monitors can double as surveillance monitors for other points on your property.
4. Think about installing motion-sensor lights on the rear & sides of your home & position them in out-of-reach places so they can't easily be turned off by a would-be thief.
5. Install cameras that operate off a motion sensor to keep from wasting valuable hard-drive space for your video files.
6. Intercom systems featuring motion-sensor video that turns on when someone approaches your house. You may also implement a camera-bell so you can see who is approaching.
7. Consider buying a wireless annunciator, which will alert you — anywhere in your home — when someone comes up your driveway or otherwise enters your property within 50 feet of its range.

Secure Your Valuables in a Safe

Since the prices of good home safes are falling, having a safe in your home is a wise investment.

1. Home safes keep the smash & grab burglar, nosey kids, dishonest babysitter or housekeeper from gaining access to important documents & personal property.
2. Use the safe everyday so it becomes routine
3. Protect the safe code & change it occasionally
4. Install it a place that isn't obvious to an intruder

For further information to Correct Home Weaknesses, Home Security Habits and Vacation Tips please read the bottom of our Home Security Tips page.

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