Fortify the Home 101

Whether you are building new, buying old or renting, you can bet the illusion of security is in the fine print. Most homes are far from secure – with doors that can easily be kicked in, windows broken and few deterrents. I like my stuff and love my family, so keeping the stuff mine and my family safe is a high priority. How do you fortify your home? This post will show some basic add-ons to physically securing your home that will help you sleep at night.

Active security measures:

1.Get a big dog:  Train it


2.Exterior doors:

-Change the locks – In the event that there are other keys out there (ie. previous occupants or construction workers). American National Standards Institute (ANSI) certified Level 1 deadbolt (pick and bump proof) and a lockable door knob for residential or upgrade to commercial grade locks. Top pick

-Fortify the frame with 3” screws and metal shielding. Top pick

– Add a wide angle peep hole.

– Use a metal or wood dowel to block the sliding back door from opening or Foot latch.

– Add a deadbolt (ANSI Level 1) to the door between the garage and living space. Use it.


3. Windows:

– Add a 3” screw to each side of the window frame to keep the whole thing being ripped out with a Halligan tool.

3M Safety & Security film bonded to the window frame.

4. Garage Door:

– Remove manual garage door release cable. Store it nearby as to not lose it. Zip tie the latch to the frame. 

– Attach a garage door security latch

– Attach a padlock to the security latch.

Passive security measures:

5. Exterior lighting: Set up with timers when away. They do not have to be annoying flood lights. solar walk way, accent or drive way lights will do.

6. Security cameras with color and night vision. Wifi enabled to view from smartphone and record video.


7. Monitored Alarm Service: Like ADT or whoever works in your neighborhood. At minimum have a sign out front saying you are monitored (even though you are not) as a deterrent.


8. Really long driveway: Install a seismic sensor that will chime in your house.

9. Hide-a-key:  Use a lock box. Hide the lock box in the back yard or side of the house, anywhere except by the front door.

Feeling safe yet? I hope so. Minimal skill in needed to build a good foundation of home security. Your house will not be a Fort Knox but a burglar will need tools, skill and time to get your goodies. Good luck!


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