Home Improvements – Home Security

Today home security is a concern in all areas of the county, quiet suburbs and metropolitan areas alike. You can help secure your home by addressing a few key areas.

Front and back doors should be secured with double cylinder dead bolts. This will help prevent the door from being unlocked from the inside if glass in the door or window next to it is broken.

NOTE: Leave the key in the cylinder during the night time hours in case of emergency escape.

Windows in doors as well as sidelights next to doors should have security window film applied to stop the smash and grab intruder. Security film is clear, can be installed by the homeowner and can be obtained at most building supply stores. The security film will retain the glass in the frame even though it has been broken – a wonderful deterrent.

Lower main floor windows should have window security buttons installed so partially opened windows cannot be lifted out of their tracks. Security buttons can be installed at the top and bottom of windows to give double security.

Basement windows should have security film applied and be double locked with security buttons. Do not pile belongings under windows. They can give a foothold for unwanted entry.

Porch lighting and garage security lighting with motion sensors act as good deterrents illuminating areas of possible entry.

Garden lighting should be attached to a timer shutting them off at a reasonable hour to darken areas of temptation.

Garage doors can be made more secure by adding an automatic garage door opener. Openers give access to only those who have the transmitter and allow entry and closing without having to leave the vehicle. Most models include lighting timed to allow you to walk from the vehicle to the house entry door before shutting off.

These are economical ways to secure your home. You can go the extra steps and install security bars, security storm doors or an electronic security system that is monitored around the clock.

Home and Personal Safety Tips:

1. Lock all house and car doors, whether you are inside or outside.

2. Don’t leave things in your car to tempt a thief.

3. Never leave a spare key hidden outside (burglars know the best hiding spots too).

4. Cut back shrubs and foliage and keep your house well lit.

5. When you are away, use lights on a timer and sound such as a radio, to appear as if someone is home.

6. Install peepholes so you can verify who is at the door before opening it.

7. Keep your garage door locked at all times if there is access to your home.

8. Secure sliding windows and patio doors with a bar to fit in the bottom track.

9. Never give out personal information over the phone to anyone.

10. Prepare an inventory of your valuables and store it in a safe place such as a safety deposit box.

11. Make sure the street number on your home is large and well lit, so that it is easily found by emergency personnel.

It’s just that easy!