When thieves case out a neighborhood, they usually look for homes that enable an easy break in, so do not let yours be on their list. By taking a few steps that require only a small amount of free time and some basic tools, your home can be more secure. Thieves will pass it by, providing your family with years of worry-free living.
You will need:
• Closet rod
• Saw (to cut closet rod)
• Sash locks (with vent lock, if desired)
• Low voltage lights
• Motion detectors for outdoor lights
• Security cameras (real or dummy)
Step 1: Install a high-quality lockset on exterior doors. This looks attractive and lets potential intruders know that you take security seriously.
Step 2: Install a peephole on the exterior doors that visitors use. This allows you to identify a guest before opening the door.
Step 3: Add extra security to doors with a deadbolt. These are inexpensive and can be used to supplement a standard lockset.
Step 4: Secure patio doors by cutting a metal closet rod to fit within the track behind the door. Keep it there when the door is not open. Adjust track clearance so sliding doors cannot be removed from their frames.
Step 5: Secure windows by adding sash locks that can only be opened using keys. If your family opens the windows during warm months, purchase sash locks that feature a vent locking position.
Step 6: Install low voltage lights in dark areas surrounding the home. These provide illumination to visitors and eliminate areas for possible intruders to lurk.
Step 7: Use motion detectors on outdoor security lights. This makes it difficult for anyone to sneak up on the home without being basked in light.
Step 7: A security camera system allows you to monitor children playing outside, identify visitors, and send a message to thieves that the home is protected. If you cannot afford a real system, consider inexpensive dummy cameras made with authentic parts. These scare intruders away and cost a fraction of the price.