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wide angle viewerThe majority of home security tips mentioned in following paragraphs cost very little. All of them will help reduce burglary and make your house or apartment more secure.

Begin with a home "security" check. Start with the front door and work clockwise around the entire inside of your home, finishing with the back yard, fence and shrubs, gates and garage.

A top home security tip: Shrubbery should never block the view of your front door. This allows an intruder the privacy to gain entrance.

Another top home security tip is to install a wide-angle viewer in your front door. This home security tip lets you know your visitor in advance. Home Security tips 1

  • Keep doors (including garage doors) and windows locked at all times.  A recent study found that 12% of all burglaries occurred through an unlocked door.  This simple home security tip could substantially reduce your risk.  Also make sure you have a good lock.  Many of the homebuilders will install the cheapest locks they can find.  See the section on locks below.
  • Always keep your car locked even when it's in your garage.        
  • Do not hide spare keys outside above the door, under doormats, in flowerpots, etc, criminals know all these "secret" hiding places.  
  • Control spare keys.  Don't give keys to people you do not know. (maids, repairmen, ect.)
  • When moving into a house or apartment, have the locks changed. Previous residents may still have keys no telling who they gave keys to.                
  • Do not open your door for just anyone.  Ask to see identification from utility employees, delivery and service personnel.  They should have ID's provided by their company.  
  • Get to know your neighbors.  Get active in a neighborhood watch.  If all your neighbors are keeping watch on each others homes the more likely suspicious activities will be spotted before a problem arises. 
  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers near each phone to save time if you need to summon help.  
  • Install curtains or blinds on windows and keep them closed when you are not at home or at night.  Do not leave expensive items in view of windows.
  • home security tips 2Keep shrubbery trimmed.  If you have bushes or trees blocking view of windows or doors it makes a much more desirable entry point for a would be burglar.  This home security tip is important.  Crooks like to have privacy when breaking and entering for some reason.
  • Keep tools and ladders locked up.  Don't give a burglar any help.
  • Patio doors should be locked with a pin or bar to keep from sliding as well as from being lifted out of the track.
  • Prevent windows from being opened by drilling sash overlaps and installing pins.   See below.
  • If you will be away from home for an extended period, follow the vacation precautions found  below.
  • Don't advertise the fact that you are not at home by leaving a message on your answering machine that you are on vacation, or by leaving a note on your front door for delivery or service personnel, especially do not give a specific time for your return.
  • Security system If you have a security system, USE IT.  A recent study found that 41 percent of homes with security systems that were burglarized didn't have the system turned on.  
  • If you have a monitored security system, be sure to keep your Alarm Response Call List up to date.  
  • If you do not yet have an alarm system, then alarm decals, Neighborhood Watch signs and Beware of Dog signs may deter some criminals but others may test to see if it is a bluff.

-Home Security Tips to Burglar-Proof Your Doors

dead latchA DEAD-LATCH is an inexpensive lock set which keeps the burglar from simply slipping your Door open with a plastic credit card. This method of entry is common in many areas, but very easy to prevent.  This type of lock has an anti-shimming latch along with the main latch that prevents someone from using a credit card or other thin object to unlatch the door.

Deadbolt: 1" deadbolt, single cylinder with hardened cylinder guard, and thumb turn. For extra security, a single cylinder deadbolt lock, with one-inch throw and case hardened insert, is recommended for all exterior doors. If you have easily breakable glass within 40 inches of a deadbolt lock, it should be augmented with a stronger type of glass or plastic to provide adequate security.

Most police departments do not recommend double cylinder deadbolt locks for residential use. You may be adding additional security at the expense of personal safety with a double cylinder deadbolt. For example, you could lock yourself in and not be able to escape in case of fire or other emergency.

The RIM LOCK is a deadbolt lock which is installed on the inside surface of the door. It is less expensive than other types of locks, but equally effective for security.

CANE BOLTS: 1/2" in diameter by 12" high installed at the top and bottom of the inactive door offers minimum security. Many homes with pairs of doors use half-barrel slide bolts on the inactive door. These are weak and totally inadequate.

FLUSH BOLTS: installed at the top and bottom of the inactive door or pair of doors, flush bolts offer additional security, since the intruder cannot get at these devices to tamper with them if the doors are locked.

-Home Security Tips to Burglar Proof Your Windows

Many burglars enter homes by simply breaking glass windows. A good deterrent is to have better Quality glass installed at vulnerable points around the perimeter of your residence. Most burglars avoid attempting to break the following types of glass due to the fear of attracting attention:

LAMINATED GLASS is made by a vinyl or plastic interlayer sandwiched between two layers of glass. This type of glass adds additional strength to your windows. To gain entry, a burglar would have to Strike the glass repeatedly in the same spot in order to make a small opening. Most burglars are reluctant to create this type of noise for fear of being detected.

TEMPERED GLASS is made by placing a piece of regular glass in an oven, bringing it almost to the melting point, and then chilling it rapidly. This causes a skin to form around the glass. Fully tempered glass is four to five times stronger than regular glass.

WIRED GLASS adds the benefit of a visible deterrent. Extra effort will be needed to break the glass and then cut through the wire located within the glass, in order to gain entry.

PLASTICS: Plastic material is divided into two types: acrylic or polycarbonate. The acrylics are more than ten times stronger than glass of the same thickness and are commonly called Plexiglas. Polycarbonate sheets are superior to acrylics and are advertised as 250 times more impact resistant than safety glass and 20 times more than other transparent plastic.

With SLIDING WINDOWS the primary object is to keep the window from sliding or being lifted up and out of the track. There are many manufactured products available for securing windows. Here are some suggestions: PINNED WINDOW ANTI-SLIDE BLOCK SLIDE BOLT: It is not recommended that you lock a window in a ventilating position. This is an invitation to a prying action which can result in entry. Key locking devices offer no real security, and they can be a fire exit hazard.

CASEMENT WINDOWS are the simplest to secure. Make sure the latch works properly and that the "operator" has no excess play. If so, replace the worn hardware.

DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS latches may re jimmied open. If a window is not used, screw it shut (except bedrooms). For windows in use, drill a sloping hole into the top of the bottom window, through and into the bottom of the top window, and insert an easily removable pin or nail.

LOUVRE WINDOWS are bad security risks. Remove and replace with solid glass or other type of ventilating window. Or protect with a grate or grille (except bedrooms).

WARNING!! One window in every bedroom on the ground and second floor must be left available as a fire exit, particularly for children and guests in your home. At night, the bedroom window may often be the quickest and safest means of getting out. Because of the danger of fire, decorative grilles are not recommended on bedroom windows.

 

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