Protecting one's family begins with
securing and safeguarding the home. With
a plethora of home security resources and websites out there, gathering tips on
basic home security can be an overwhelming process. We have taken the time to culminate and
review what we believe as the essentials to get one started on home protection
and security. Most of the tips are
relatively inexpensive and easy to implement.
Collaborate with a neighborhood
“watch” system, this would be especially
strategic due to vacations, extended trips to visit family and/or friends. Ensure that the neighbors would know when you
would leave and return. One could as a neighbor collect mail and newspapers or
if privacy is highly-valued, hire or ask someone to mend the lawn or even to
An essential tip for home security is to change the locks in a new house or if
any keys to your home are lost. On the
one hand – you don’t know who has had access to the keys to your new home, on
the other –you may not know who is currently in possession of them.
systems are considered one of the most effective
forms of home security and protection.
By thwarting away potential burglars, informing emergency and response
authorities, as well as warning homeowners of any potential dangers, an alarm
system, coupled with other structural forms of security, will upgrade the
homeowner’s sense of security exponentially.
Upgrade a number of structural home safety
and security items. Deadbolt locks can be installed.
Although spring latch locks are less expensive, the recommended 1 inch
thick dead bolt are stronger and provide considerably more support and home
protection. Install the deadbolt with
minimal space between the frame and the door itself (ensuring that no one can
pry in-between the gap). The use of metal bars on any sliding glass door or
window, properly installed along the bottom track will prevent any burglar,
from forcing the door or window open. If
the hinges on any door is outside the house, remove and re-install using interior door hinges for added
protection from obtrusion. Windows can
be further protected through the use of window-locks
as well as burglar-proof glass.
There are also some general recommendations
and suggestions concerning other ways of upgrading home security and
protection. Conceal any wiring which is exterior to the home, associated with
home security. The wiring could be
buried, the use of PVC or plastic moulding can be used to hide the cable. In addition, one may wish to bury the
moulding and conceal any junction boxes separately. The use of light is an effective security measure especially in
illuminating any intruders –suggestions are given to light up the home’s
entrance and possibly other quadrants of the house, through automatic timers
and infrared motion detectors. One last
essential tip is to not leave a separate key in conspicuous places which are
easily discoverable, such the mailbox, under a rock near the front door, or on
the top ledge of an exterior door frame.
These are all too obvious. One
can find specialty outdoor items which house secret compartments and fit in
with the landscape. Better yet, leave a
set of keys with friends or family who you truly without exception trust.
The above tips,
suggestions, & recommendations should provide the home-owner with a
suggested plan of ensuring further ways to protect the home. If adapted the home-owner will benefit from a
heightened sense of security and protection in relation to guarding the values
and residents within the home itself.