Protect Yourself From a Home Invasion
There are lots o small things that homeowners can do to deter
a burglar. Follow these simple steps to protect your home
from a burglar.
If you have a lot of jewelry, valuable documents, cash or
other negotiable items, consider installing a safe or a burglar
Don't leave notes for service people or family members on
the door, as they act as a welcome mat for a burglar.
Trees located near windows or shrubbery that might shield
a burglar from view can be major flaws in your home-protection
plan. Consider your landscaping plan in light of your protection
needs. Keep shrubs trimmed below windows to reduce cover.
A burglar would rather enter through a window that is hidden
from view than one where he is exposed.
A door with too much space between the door and the frame
is an invitation for the burglar to use a jimmy. Reinforce
the door with a panel of 3/4-inch plywood or a piece of sheet
metal. It is also easy for a burglar to pry through rot. Replace
rotted door frames with new, solid wood. When installing a
window lock, drip some solder on the screw heads. It will
stop a burglar from unscrewing the lock after cutting a small
hole in the windowpane.
When you are away or traveling have neighbors, friends or
family pick up your mail or even better contact the post office
to hold your mail. Employ someone to mow your lawn, use your
garbage cans, and park in your driveway when you are away.
Even if a burglar knows you are away, the activity around
your home will act as a deterrent.
Consider an investment in a monitored home security system
as they are a very effective deterrent against crime. The
home security system that you install need not be a state-of
-the art. For the most effective alarm system, conceal all
wiring. A professional burglar looks for places where he or
she can disconnect the security system.
Some individuals even will place a home security system sticker
in their window even though you don't have a security system.
The sticker may be enough to cause a thief to pass your house.
Put up a security system sign or beware of dog sign and make
it visible from the road. Believe it or not it is a proven
Use simple safety systems to protect your home. Use locks
and other mechanisms to lock the doors that are difficult
to break. The longer the burglar takes to break into the house,
the greater the chances that he will be caught. Using multiple
locks for the doors and windows. Fix a double locking system
for all doors and windows. This mechanism will make it more
difficult for the burglar to break into the house.
Have a home burglar alarm security system fitted in your
house to protect your home.
If there are door hinges on the outside of your house, take
down the door and reset the hinges inside. Otherwise all a
thief has to do to gain entry to your home is knock out the
hinge pin. It's simple for a thief to break glass panels and
then reach in and open a doorknob from the inside.
A door with glass panels should be either fortified, replaced,
or secured with deadbolts that can only be opened with a key.
Secure sliding glass doors with bars or locks, or put a wooden
dowel or broom handle in the door track.
Dogs are good deterrents to burglars. Even a small, noisy
dog can be effective burglars do not like to have attention
drawn to their presence. Be aware, however, that trained guard
dogs do not make good pets. Obedience training and attack
training are entirely different, and only the former is appropriate
for a house pet.
Think like a burglar. Put yourself in his shoes and find
out the weak spots in the house from where the burglar can
enter the house. When you do this you will be able to find
the weak spots and can protect your home better. For example
stand outside the window of your living room. Look at all
the valuables in the room that a burglar can take. See how
you can hide them, from view or rearrange them, in other rooms
where they are not visible.
Plan to "burglarize" yourself. You'll discover any weaknesses
in your security system that may have previously escaped your
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