DIY Home Security Tips: Adding Layers of ProtectionBy Frank Santamorena September 24, 2012 | 10:00 AMPosted in: Burglary & Loss Prevention, Family
When families reach out to better protect their homes and
property, it’s usually a good idea to consider installing an alarm system, and
also setting up “Layers of Security” to try and prevent a burglar from breaking
into your home. The More Layers The
Better. Approach protecting your home with this methodology in mind. There are
many ways to better protect ourselves, so let’s start with these DIY
home security tips to get ourselves going; then afterwards, come up with some
with your families.
Security Landscaping. Be sure to cut back all landscaping near or around the perimeter
of your home.
Landscaping is beautiful, but it serves as a cover for the
intruder to hide in the darkness.
Protecting your home and family is all about multiple layers of
security, so that any attempt a burglar makes to break into your home is met
with "several" layers of preventative security measures. By adding multiple
security layers, your home will require more effort and skill than most
burglars are willing to put forth and significantly reduce the likelihood of
your home being marked as a burglar’s next target.
& Timers. Timers should be used to put lights on or off when you’re away,
and should be used to turn on a radio or television too. Add outdoor LED
security motion lighting to the perimeter of your home and install a couple of
light timers inside your home to give the appearance of occupancy when you are
Home Alarm Systems. Consider using your alarm system when you are home as well as
when you’re away. Arm the system at
night time or before you go to bed. It’s not a bad idea to consider to ALWAYS
keep your alarm system set! Prominently display the signs that come with your
alarm system. This will serve as an added deterrent for criminals. Please
remember-an alarm system won’t stop a burglar from entering your home, but the
blaring siren can act as a great deterrent and encourage them to flee the
premises. Install an obscenely loud alarm system that contains magnetic door
contacts, glass break sensors, motion detectors, back-up cellular dialer,
buttons, and interior/exterior sirens.
Doors and Windows. All entry doors should be made of solid core, metal or wood. They
should have deadbolt locks with a 1-inch throw and non-removable hinges. Keep
your doors and windows locked when your home is vacant. Basement window wells or ground level windows
should be protected. Install high quality dead bolts to all entry doors.
Peepholes should be within viewing level and have a wide-angle lens. Install a
high quality door jamb brace to withstand someone trying to kick in or break it
down. Treat all accessible windows and
sliding glass doors with glass protection film. Install anti-lift mechanisms to
the interior of windows that slide up and down. Insert a metal rod or solid
wooden closet dowel into the tracks of accessible patio doors and windows that
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