Knowing what a thief is
looking for and how to prevent them from easily finding it is the first
step to a secure home.
There are a number of simple and
often inexpensive precautions that the average homeowner should take
advantage of in order to reduce their chances of being burglarized.
These include everything from the basics of installing better locks to
using a high tech security and video surveillance system. Within the
pages of this book you will find information on all types of home
security equipment and devices. Pick and choose the right components
that make you feel safe. Decide to completely update doors, windows,
locks and alarm system or gradually add security to your existing home
hardware. This book is designed to provide the information you need on
the vast variety of products and services available.
Basic security Suggestions
According to FBI statistics (www.fbi.gov), a burglary occurs in the
United States every 15 seconds. Although many homeowners are more
concerned about security at night, surprisingly, the vast majority of
these home intrusions occur during daylight hours while homeowners are
at work. The most popular items stolen are cash and items easily sold
for cash. These include jewelry, guns, watches, laptops, CD’s and
electronic devices. Homeowners need to make their dwellings more secure
while at the same time a less desirable choice for the criminal. Unless
thieves have inside knowledge about expensive items or cash they will
most often choose a home based on the easiest access, greatest cover,
and best escape route. Thieves weigh the benefits against the dangers
when picking a target. If a thief receives information that a house has
valuable contents, his interest becomes heightened. If that home also
appears to have quick, easy access, its like an invitation to the
burglar. Homeowners should take advantage of anything they can to reduce
a burglar's temptation or his ability to gain access. Many of the
following suggestions are simple solutions that when combined with a
basic security system and a little common sense can reduce the risk of a
home invasion significantly.
First and foremost, lock all doors and windows 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week. Even the best security hardware manufactured is worthless when
it’s not used. House keys should never be given to the hired help and
strangers should never be let in. Thieves like to case the target home
by using schemes to gain access, such as posing as a salesman. Once
inside and undercover, they look for valuables and gain knowledge of the
home layout, security and exactly where all the good stuff is kept.
Homeowners are advised to never leave money or valuables lying out in
the open, especially when in view from a window. Also, when out in
public, avoid discussing what valuables or collectibles are kept in the
In today's world, homes are thought of as a secure refuge. The old
saying “your home is your castle” often comes to mind. Security alarm
systems can deter the majority of thieves but they often cannot prevent
the determined criminal from breaking in. Once a household has
experienced a break in, that sense of security is often forever lost.
For anyone who has already experienced a break-in, or for those who just
desperately want to avoid the experience, here is a list of things that
can and should be done.
Keep in mind that just installing some of these hardware items can
actually cause a thief to choose someone else’s home as an easier
1) Install a good quality deadbolt lock on all exterior doors. Including
any door that leads from an attached garage
into the home.
2) Install impact resistant glass or have existing glass treated
with the new safety film security laminates on any glass
within 36" of a door lock. This will make it more difficult to
break the glass, reach in, and unlock the door. The same
protection should be installed on any window that is not
3) Install solid exterior security doors, reinforce door frames
and use security door strikes on all exterior entrances and
any entrance accessible from an attached garage.
4) Install automatic openers on garage doors or use bolt-type locks on
each side of the garage doors. Remember to
always lock your car door. Thieves can easily gain access
to any home with an automatic garage door opener by
gaining access to your car and pressing the remote button.
5) Install additional window locks, especially on windows that
are accessible from the ground.
6) Install impact resistant glass, security laminates or security
bars on all basement windows.
7) Install security-type hinges on all exterior doors that open
outward. This includes any doors leading from attached garages. These
hinges prevent thieves from pulling the
hinge pin and removing the door to gain access.
Guide to Home Security, by Dan Berg, Your complete guide to
locks, alarms, cameras and security systems designed to protect
homeowners and their valuables. This book is available as an inexpensive instant-download
that you can print today and read again and again
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