The security of a home can often be taken for granted. You fill your house with furniture, electronics and quality appliances. You live in a good neighborhood. What are the chances that your home will be targeted by a crafty burglar? Actually your chances of being burglarized are pretty high. Almost 6000 US homes are being hit by thieves each and every day. And we are just talking about theft at this point. Imagine how many crimes are being committed in the country if you added all of the statistics together.
Install solid doors throughout your home. Those hollow-core models are inexpensive and offer no resistance to crooks. If you cannot afford to replace all of the doors you should at least install solid front and back doors.
Motion detection lighting systems can be installed on the cheap. These lights can prevent someone from attempting to sneak into your home in the middle of the night.
Do not make it a habit to leave the door (that leads to the garage) unlocked. This is almost as bad as issuing a personal invitation to a crook.
Keep tabs on the locks and doors that are in your home. Repair, replace or update any of these items that are broken, weak or faulty.
A push-button lock is no security. These can be unlocked in a matter of seconds.
Home security systems let you get the drop on the crooks. These monitoring systems will alert the police if the perimeter of your home is breached. If you are at home when a crime is being attempted you will instantly be connected with the main security offices. Someone is going to see that police assistance is on the way. There are even some home alarm systems that will respond to any critical emergency whether it is a fire, crime or a medical emergency. (more…)