The security of our homes and of our family members is always a source of major concern to all of us. We buy a beautiful home, but often we ignore the systems whereby we can make it unattractive for thieves and burglars. This is one aspect of our lives which requires some careful planning and a little bit of expenditure, but which results in peace of mind and enhanced safety for all the residents.
It is very difficult to make a home totally burglar proof. As each new security system is being invented and installed, the thieves are finding a way to counteract them and gaining entry into the buildings. What can be done is to make your security so good, that it will require greater time and effort on their part, and they will choose some other home to burgle.
Locks on Doors:
The first thing that must be upgraded is the locks on your doors. The standard locks on doors normally are cheaper spring latches. These should be replaced with stronger dead bolt locks. These are harder to open and if you have a double dead bolt lock ? which requires a key even on the inside ? that is even better. Make sure that you do this on all the entry point doors in your home, and that on all the front doors there are peepholes for you to look through.
Windows of different types need varying treatments. Sliding windows can be effectively mobilised by inserting a stick in the tracks. Up and down windows can also be immobilised from the outside by an astutely placed nail through the casing and the window frame. Ordinary windows can have locks on them or should be latched from the inside. Basement windows should have grills on them so that no one can enter from the outside.
Install low voltage lights in areas outside which are dark to prevent an intruder from hiding there. Motion detector lights in your garden are an effective deterrent to anyone planning to enter from there. A good light on the main entrance door can enable you to look through the peephole to see who is outside.
Basic precautions when you are out of town:
Do not let milk bottles and newspapers collect in front of your door. They are a clear indication of the fact that there is no one at home. Put interior lights and radio onto timers so that they go on and off, giving a feel of people being inside. Make sure that your neighbours check around your home occasionally. If you have security cameras installed from a reputed agency, inform that you will be away, and they should take extra care. If you have any valuables such as jewellery in the house, place it in a bank locker before you go. Spend some extra effort to check that every window and door has been bolted correctly.
There is never any guarantee that your home will not be burgled, but you can make it difficult for the burglar to enter , and hope that this will deter him from even trying!!
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