Tips To Make Your Home More Secure
Assuming that you already have an alarm system, here are several additional low cost methods to make your home more secure from outside invasion and break ins.
1. Place alarm sticker decals and/or beware of dog decals on windows where they will be easily visible.
2. Use timers to turn on/off lights and a radio at various times to give the house a lived in look even when you are not there.
3. Make an additional lock for the windows to prevent someone from lifting the window from outside.
4. Close the curtains and lock the windows when you go out. There is no reason to let someone see into your house – especially if they can see valuables.
5. If you have a window air conditioner, securely fasten it to the window so it cannot be easily removed.
6. Apply a Glass Security film to your windows. This will stop a window from shattering and slow down a forced entry.
1. Make sure that you are using a solid wood or metal door for all exterior doors – and make sure they fit snugly in their frames. A steel frame is event better
2. Mount dead bolts securely to the door frames and secure tumblers with plates.
3. Use long screws in the plates to make it harder for a door to be kicked in.
4. Consider a security bar to be used when you are home.
5. Install doorknob alarms. These little alarms sound off very loudly when they are moved.
6. If you have an outside door with glass, consider replacing it with safety glass or metal grillwork.
7. Install a wide angle peephole and chain lock.
8. Do not leave notes on the front door to say you are not home.
9. Don’t install a pet door – or if you need one consider an auto opening pet door triggered by your pet’s collar. For a big enough pet, the pet door is an open invitation into your home.
Shrubs and Trees
1. Don’t grow trees where they obscure the view of windows from the road or a neighbours house. If you have large trees, be sure no load bearing branches are close to second story windows.
2. Consider installing prickly shrubs under windows to make it a very uncomfortable place for a would be thief to ply his illicit trade.
3. Install a metal grate on all basement windows – or install a steel bar halfway down the window so the gap is not large enough for someone to climb in.
1. Plastic drainpipes are less likely to support the weight of a thief than metal ones.
2. Cover your drain pipes with anti climb paint or grease starting at about 8 feet above the ground.
Sliding Glass Doors
1. Use vertical lock bolts and shatterproof glass on your sliding glass doors.
2. Insert a properly cut piece of wood on the bottom track to prevent the door from sliding.
3. Drill holes and insert screws along the doorframe so the doors can’t be lifted out of their tracks.
4.Keep the porch lit at night.
1. Have a switch inside your house that lets you turn on and off your garage lights.
2. Install a motion sensor light outside your garage door (and at other strategic locations around your house.)
3. If you have a door from the garage into the house, this must be properly secured Door**explain*
4. If you have a quick release rope on your garage door opener, tie it short so it can’t be snagged by a thief to activate the release.
5. If you have a garage door opener, have a strong person try to open the door when it is closed. Some garage door openers will fail this test and need to be repaired.
Other precautions to take
1. Have lamp posts or flood lights to light your yard at night. Remove shadows and you remove a thief’s best nighttime friend.
2. Make sure the floodlights are too high to be easily reached. And use bulbs that are shatterproof.
3. Make sure that you stow away any ladders after finishing with them. They are a great and convenient way for a thief to break into your second story.
4. Keep trellises, picnic tables and lawn furniture away from your house. Don’t give a thief an easy leg up into a window.
5. Thieves don’t like noise and while a dog won’t stop a thief, it will make him consider another property – especially if he has no special reason to choose your house over another house.
consult your local bylaws before installing any window films, window bars or physical barriers outside your home.
Due to the fortresses designed by many biker club houses. Municipalities now have fortifications bylaws to prevent groups from fortifying their clubs and residences. These bylaws includes all residential dwellings as well. They do allow some items to be applied in private residence, but a letter of approval is required from the township.
Also beware of building fire codes. Keeping bad people out is one thing, but you have to get out in case of a fire.
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