Simple Home Security Tips - To Stop Burglars In Their Tracks
Very few people worry about securing there home from burglaries until it
happens to them. It usually takes a burglar 60 seconds or less to enter
your home. The FBI issued a report that says one in six homes will be
burglarized this year. Only one in four burglaries are forced entry. If
you don’t think it can happen to you, don’t be too sure. These
security tips can help protect your home from becoming a statistic.
Is Your Home Secure?
The best defense against burglary is to make your home less
approachable. This allows potential burglars to move onto a less
challenging or less risky prospect. Have you accessed what your home
looks like from the outside? If you think like a burglar and walk around
your home, what potential opportunities do you see a burglar could
- Are your entryways well lit?
- Do you have overgrown bushes or shrubs that would allow a burglar a place to hide?
- Do you have tools lying around that could be used to pry a lock or break a window?
- How about a ladder lying by a garage that could easily allow access to an unlocked second story window?
These are all considerations you must find and correct to keep burglars
Outdoor LightingA well lit home can deter a burglar. Use landscape lighting to help
highlight walkways, bushes and any other potential dark covered areas.
Motion detector lights at the corners of your home as well as by
entryways are great ways to scare off intruders.
Tip: Aim motion detector lights into your yard to illuminate it. This
allows you and others such as neighbors to see who is approaching your
Installing motion detector lights is very easy to do and can be
purchased online very inexpensively.
Indoor lighting plays an important part in helping prevent burglars.
Keep a few lights on in the home when you leave for the evening. Be sure
to switch lights from time to time. For extended time away from home, it
is recommended you do not use light timers to light your home. Intruders
can identify the “on/off” pattern of specific lights and know when they
can enter your home without worrying about being caught.
A heavy, solid, and sturdy door can make a big difference in forced
entry burglaries. Solid wood doors or a metal doors with a solid core
are very good doors for your home. These doors are strong, anchored
securely into the doorjamb and prove to be very difficult to kick
through. Examine your doors to see if they are strong. If they are light
or appear flimsy consider replacing.
Install sturdy deadbolt locks in all entry doors to your home. Be sure
the locks strike plates are installed with 3” screws or longer to assure
optimal strength. Doors with small sidelight windows or panel windows
should have a deadbolt lock that uses a key from the inside to engage
the lock. It is very easy for a burglar to break a small window on the
door and reach in to unlock the deadbolt. If you have a keyed deadbolt
lock (a lock you engage with a key) the burglar will not be able to
unlock the door. Just remember to not leave the key in the lock.
Tip: Install a peephole in your door if it doesn’t have any windows. All
doors can be equipped with one and they are inexpensive to install.
Having the piece of mind to know who is at your door and if it is safe
to open it is well worth its investment.
Most patio doors are equipped with some sort of locking mechanism
however these locks alone are usually insufficient to keeping out
intruders. Patio doors can easily be pried open breaking the lock. There
are many options to help secure a sliding patio door. The most
inexpensive method to securing a patio door is to use a strong piece of
metal or wood stick (like a dowel or 1x1) in the door track to prevent
the door from sliding open. For a more professional look there are many
locking devices that you can purchase and install to secure your patio
doors including arm stops and track clamps.
Many burglars gain access to homes through unlocked windows. Be sure to
lock all windows especially when you are not home. If you don’t have
locks on your windows, you can pick up window locks at any hardware
store or order them online.
Tip: Install security stickers on all doors and windows and/or put
security signs in your yard as it may deter a burglar even if you don’t
have a security system installed.
VacationTo help reduce your risk of burglary while on vacation, ask a friend or
family member to stay at your home. Be sure to notify your neighbors
that you will be gone and either stop the mail and newspaper delivery or
ask your neighbors or house sitter to collect them. Nothing says you’re
not home like a pile of papers on your front steps.
You cannot guarantee that you will never be burglarized or broken into
but you can help prevent it. Use and implement these simple tips to
secure your home and family before it’s too late.