Protect Your Home as Well as Your Family

How secure is your home? How accessible is your home?

How Often

do you ask yourself these questions. Your home is where you and

your family want to be safe from the daily stresses of life and

most definitely from crime. A burglary happens every 15 seconds

in this country. Though many intrusions are non confrontational

have you ever asked yourself what if I or my family were home

during a burglary? Most Burglaries happen during daytime hours

because this is the time many of us are working, going to

school, etc. The typical burglar is looking for anything of

value. Rape and/or sexual assault after a break-in happens

almost regularly during the summer months when windows and doors

are left open and unlocked. If you try to think like a burglar

for a minute the first step in planning a break-in would be to

figure out when the home owners are not home. You would watch

the daily routine of the homes occupants. The next step would be

to figure out how difficult gaining entry to the house would be.

A couple of things come to mind here; Locked doors and windows,

alarm systems, and even surveillance cameras now. Burglars are

going to enter your home by either walking right through an

unlocked door or open window, using tools to break in or unlock

the existing locks, or simply using force to gain entry so lets

look the first steps in preventing a burglary. Door an window

locks are the homes initial barrier to be overcome by an

intruder. Typically the garage and rear doors of the house are

the weekest entry points as well as first floor windows on the

sides and rear of the home. These areas may also provide cover

for the burglar. You will want to make sure your locks make it

very difficult to gain entry. Use a solid core or metal door for

all entry areas, Use a quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock with a

one-inch throw bolt Use a quality, heavy-duty, knob-in-lock set

with a dead-latch mechanism Use a heavy-duty strike plate with

3-inch screws to penetrate into a wooden door frame, use

multiple locks for your doors as well. Sliding glass doors have

blocking bars that can be inserted in the track to prevent the

door from sliding open. You can use pins that slide through the

track as well to prevent sliding or lifting of the door. Windows

are often left open during the summer months. Blocking devices

are necessary to keep the window from opening further. A window

should not be left open more than six inches or enough to allow

a burglar to reach in and unlock or remove blocking device.

If an intruder makes it into your home via door, broken window,

etc. we suggest the next step of arming your home via an alarm

system that is monitored and dispatched to police upon an alarm

or simply by having detection and sound alarm devices to not

only scare off an intruder but also warn anyone who may be home

at the time. Devices such as Door and window sound alarms,

motion alarms, vibration alarms, etc. Alarm yard signs and

window decals are also a great deterrent as well as the lighting

in and around your home. We suggest using floodlights with

motion sensors around the exterior of your home and timers that

your lights and appliances plug into and will come on

automatically simulating people are home. You may purchase

surveillance cameras to help further deter and/or monitor your

homes activities when you are not there.

These images can be

viewed and recorded onto time lapse recorders or your PC with

proper software. You can even watch your home while on vacation

through your laptop computer. These are the basic steps in in

preventing home burglary as well as protecting your family. For

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