According to the National Crime Prevention Council, around 60 percent of all burglaries take place without any signs of a break in. Whether intruders are climbing through unlocked windows, picking locks, or walking through open doors, they are getting into homes easily. To secure your house, it is imperative there are some preventative measures that you can take. Here are 10 ways to secure your doors against burglars.
1 : HIGH-SECURITY LOCKS
High-security lock manufacturers, place a limit on the ways in which their keys are copied. House keys are put into the hands of those other than the owners for a myriad of reasons, providing the opportunity to duplicate keys. The use of a high-security lock will prevent others from having one of your spare keys in their back pocket. High-security locks are fashioned out of hardened steel; they contain longer deadbolts which extend further into the door frame. Therefore, they are capable of withstanding hammer blows, kicks, and drilling. High-security locks are pick proof. A traditional lock can be picked with something called a bump key. This key assists in pushing the pins for the lock into the unlock position. High-security locks are protected against picking; they use a unique internal design that does not utilize the same tumbler and pin design as a regular lock, making it tough to pick this type of lock.
2: PRUNE YOUR BUSHES
Trees, shrubs, and bushes provide camouflage and hiding places for a burglar. Cut down vast areas so that your windows and doors and porches are visible to those passing by and neighbors. This will make your home much less attractive to a burglar.
3: OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND
If a thief can see into your home, not only does the visual provide a temptation, but it also gives them opportunity to grab and go. Criminals are opportunists; you will find that the majority of burglaries do not take place because they were well thought out and planned, but because they saw an opportunity and took it. Make sure that your doors and windows are covered with drapes and shades.
4: ELIMINATE ADVERTISEMENTS
Have you just purchased a new flat screen tv, laptop, or phone? Whatever the purchase, ensure that you discard of the boxes efficiently. In other words, don’t set them outside the door, or on the porch, alerting an intruder to the fact that there are brand new electrical goods in the house.
5: MOTION SENSORS
Motion sensors can be placed on doors, windows, and porches. Any movement will illuminate the area, scaring off any unwanted guests and alert the homeowner of a potential threat.
6: INDOOR TIMERS
Burglar wants to walk into an empty house, if they think there is someone in, they are less likely to break in. If you are not going to be at home set timers that will turn on the TV, radio, and lights 30 to 45 minutes before nightfall.
7: REINFORCE ENTRANCE POINTS
According to statistics, 60 percent of burglaries take place through doors and windows on the ground floor. All doors should be steel-wrapped wood-core or solid wood. None of which provide easy access for an intruder.
8: SHIELD WINDOWS
If you have windows near your doors, shield them by installing a barrier of protective plexiglass over the windows. This will prevent a burglar from breaking the window and getting in, or from opening the lock from the inside.
Every exterior entry door should be installed with a deadbolt. If a burglar breaks the glass and attempts to unlock a door from the inside, a deadbolt will prevent them from doing so.
10: COMMON SENSE
You will be surprised at the amount of people who forget to lock their doors and windows on a daily basis. If you want to protect your home from burglary, lock up even if you are going five minutes down the road.
While there is no guarantee that you may not become a victim of house burglary, there are several things that you can do to prevent it from happening. By following the 10 simple steps outlined above, you can protect your home and your family from experiencing the sheer terror and violation of someone you do not know ransacking your property. As the saying goes, “it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
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