Some Tips to Keep in Mind About Home Security
In addition to installing quality Sievers security systems, there are a number of steps homeowners and renters can and should take to make their dwellings less-attractive targets for intruders. They include:
- Trim heavy shrubs and trees near your house. Intruders are attracted to houses where access points aren’t easily visible from the street. Also trim tree branches that allow intruders to access second-floor windows.
- Use solid core or metal doors at all entrance points, and outfit each of them with heavy-duty, deadbolt locks. Secure all sliding glass doors with wood blocking devices whose length is within one-quarter inch of the length of the track.
- Use inexpensive light-timers every day, not just when you’re on vacation.
- Consider installing a home safe. But locate it somewhere beside the master bedroom and its closet.
- Reconsider the use of doggie doors. They’re an open invitation to burglars.
- About half of all burglaries take place without forced entry, which means the intruder had a key. Never hide keys outside, and don’t share copies with maintenance or delivery people. Never carry identification on your key ring.
- Install motion detectors, especially on the sides and back of the house.
- If you don’t have one, start a neighborhood watch. Your city and police department will help.
- Lock windows, especially on the ground floor. Burglars are statistically far more likely to encounter unlocked windows than doors.