Random Home Security Tips For Kids Women And Seniors When On Vacation
While it’s difficult to protect your home from professional thieves, most home burglaries are dome by amateurs. These thieves are more easily thwarted if you employ some of these simple security precautions.
Plan to “burglarize” yourself. You will discover any weakness in your security system that may have previously escaped your notice. Here are some for you to consider :
- Lock up your home , even if you go out only for a short time. Many urglars just walk in through an unlocked door or window.
- Change all the locks and tumblers when you move into a new house
- For the most efective alarm system, conceal all wiring. A professional burglar looks for places where he or she can disconnect the security system.
- Your house should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you’re not at home.
If you have a faulty alarm that frequently goes off, get it fixed immediately and tell your neighbors that it’s been repaired. Many people ignore an alarm that goes off periodically.
A spring-latch lock is easy prey for burglars who are “loiding” experts. Loiding is the method of slipping a plastic credit card against the latch tongue to depress it and unlock the door. A deadbolt defies any such attack. It is only vulnerable when there is enough space between the door and its frame to allow an intruder to use power tools or a hacksaw.
If you lose your keys, change the locks immediately. Before turning your house key over to a professional house cleaner for several hours, make sure the person is honest and reputable as well as hardworking. Check all references thoroughly.
Instead of keepinga spare key in a mailbox, under the doormat, or on a nail behind the garage, wrap the key in foil or put it in a 35mm film can and bury it where you can easily find it of you need it.
Don’t leave notes for service people or family members on the door. These act as a welcome mat for a burglar.
If the entrance to your home are dark, consider installing lighting with an infrared detector. Most thieves don’t want to be observed trying to get in a door.
To keep your tools from being stolen, paint the handles. Thieves avoid items that are easy to identify.
Dogs are good deterrents to burglars. Even a small, noisy dog can be effective-burglars do not like to have attention drawn to their presence. Be aware, however, that trained guard dogs do not make good pets. Obedience training and attack training are entirely different, and only the former is appropriate for a house pet.