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
-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.
– 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:
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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