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Simple Steps to Prevent Home Burglary
1. Use a Peephole
We teach our kids to never open the door to strangers, but then we make this mistake ourselves. True, most front-door visitors wish us no ill-will, but one who does won’t think twice about breaking your door in as soon as you’ve opened it a crack. Install a peephole and use it before opening the door to anyone.
2. Lock Up
Statistics say that 4 in 10 burglars walk in through an open (unlocked) door or window. You can greatly reduce your risk by simply locking your doors and windows whenever you go out and at night. If you love sleeping with the windows open, install special windows that lock when open – but not so open that intruders can slip in.
3. Kick-proof Your Doors
It’s a scary thought, but burglars do kick down doors to get into a home. You can make your doors stronger by installing a sturdy frame, deep box strike, and solid door in wood, fibreglass or metal.
4. Light Up
Take outdoor security lighting seriously and install floodlights around your home. Put them on motion sensors. Ideally, no area of your home’s perimeter should fall outside the reach of your lights.
5. Keyed Entry
Many times, a spare key given to a home contractor or other person can fall into the wrong hands. The best strategy is to give out a separate key that works on only one door; change it as soon as the job is finished. (You can buy locks that you can easily re-key yourself.) Alternatively, you can install a key less entry panel that uses a combination code that is easily updated as often as necessary.
6. Shady Shrubbery
High shrubs, bushes or trees around your home provide convenient cover for would-be intruders. Keep landscaping around doors and windows pruned and low-cut. If you have an undeniable yen for high bushes, choose burglar-deterrent plants – those with sharp thorns, razor-sharp leaves, or other decorative-but-inhospitable features.
7. Install a Home Alarm
If you don’t have a burglar alarm system already installed, consider one for 2017. There are many different options available, from systems that merely surveil your entry points to state-of-the-art alarms that incorporate motion and vibration sensors, mobile phone monitoring, and closed-circuit video recording. There is truly an option for every budget, so if you have been holding out in deference to your wallet, you’ll likely be surprised at how affordable a home security alarm system can actually be. And in the end, can you really put a price on your family’s security?
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