5 Basic Steps to Safeguard Your Home and Property




Article by: Glenn Freiboth

1. Outsmart a Burglar by Thinking like a Burglar

One thing every homeowner should do at least twice a year is take a walk around and inside , What Are Disaster Recovery Templates And How Do They Help? your home , Magnetic Locks with a close friend or neighbor who is not that familiar with your house. , Home Security and Your Children Start outside , Self Defense: Pepper Spray - Why It Is So Effective and ask yourself , Ordinary Objects? Or Listening Devices? "how could I break in the easiest way? The purpose of not going around the house , Home Security and Your Children alone is that your friend may spot things you'll overlook. Return the favor and complete a survey for your friend.

Besides the obvious "lived-in" look, do not get into a habit of only doing certain things only when you are not home. , Tropical Hurricane Leslie Chances are good you can tell when your neighbor isn't home. , Buying Your First Handgun Remember it's a burglar's job to know the same things. Most professional criminals can tell nobody is home , What Are Disaster Recovery Templates And How Do They Help? at least four or five houses , Alarm System: Contacts (Window & Door Switches) away.

Several obvious things a burglar will notice are always closing the drapes ONLY when you're not home. , Use Of Security Cameras Increase Having no garbage cans out collection day, or an empty can sitting at the curb are obvious tip-offs you are not home. , How to Evacuate Before a Hurricane So are closing up the house , Don't Wait for a Hurricane Katrina to Do Your Home Inventory! as tight as a drum in the hot summer , Types Of Home Security months without the air-conditioner running. Turning on a certain light , Ordinary Objects? Or Listening Devices? or two and every other room , Use Of Home Security Cameras Increase is in total darkness. The same goes for picking up all the children's toys, taking in the dog, shutting the garage , How To Select The Ideal Window Locks door if you frequently leave it open, and turning off the lawn , CCTV Surveillance Systems sprinkler.

Many people before leaving turn on a so called burglar light , Gas Masks - A Preemptive Measure for Unprecedented Attacks which is the light , Alarm System: Contacts (Window & Door Switches) over the kitchen , Tropical Depression and Tropical Storm Nadine sink. You might as well hang a sign on the front door , What Are Disaster Recovery Templates And How Do They Help? you are not home! , Outdoor Security – System Design If you use an answering machine never leave a message that you are not home. , Tropical Hurricane Leslie Instead say you can not come to the phone , Tropical Depression and Tropical Storm Nadine right now or leave a message. If you do not have a machine, turn down the volume on your telephones before leaving so it can not be heard from outside , Of Barn Doors And Horses which another dead giveaway indicating nobody is home. , Telephone Bugs That Call You

2. Use Burglar Repellents

Crime officials will tell you its true! A dog is one of the best burglar deterrents. Not because it's vicious, but it is heard. A dog with a menacing bark will scare away a lot of burglars, not only because they don't know what kind of dog you have and what risk it would be to them if try tried to break in, but more likely because a noisy dog will create a disturbance and get attention - the last thing a burglar wants!

If you don't have a dog there's nothing stopping you from pretending. A Beware of Dog sign on your fence, a dog house , Gas Masks - A Preemptive Measure for Unprecedented Attacks in the back yard, , Explanation of EMF Protection Devices even a loose dog chain or bowl can drive away a potential burglar. Companies that provide electronic dogs who bark none stop if an intruder trips a relay or otherwise signals his presence are effective also as long they are of good quality.

Other electronic devices that are effective besides the typical whole house alarm , How to Evacuate Before a Hurricane systems for windows , Home Security - Defend Your Home and Possessions Against Intruders! and doors , Ordinary Objects? Or Listening Devices? are infrared or motion detectors that sense movement or the heat , Katrina: Lessons Learned on the Nature of Man given off by one's body. Anyone approaching too close will trigger any number of attached devices. The most effective are powerful lights , Increase Your Home Security With Video Surveillance or burglar horns that either flood , Home Security - Discuss Your Home's Security With A Professsional Surveyor the area with light , Hidden Dangers in the Homes of America or fill the air , Alarm System: Glass Break Detectors with a deafening sound without notice. Just like a barking dog, the would-be burglar will usually run away for fear of being discovered.

To be effective, the sensitivity of such devices much not be set too high or stray animals will set them off too frequently which will get you on the wrong side of your neighbors. Also be sure such devices are high enough that they can't be easily turned off or broken given off by one's body. Anyone approaching too close will trigger any number of attached devices. The most effective are powerful lights , Home Security - Defend Your Home and Possessions Against Intruders! or burglar horns that either flood , Abduction Prevention Tips the area with light , Thinking about Home Protection? or fill the air , Increase Your Home Security With Video Surveillance with a deafening sound without notice. Just like a barking dog, the would-be burglar will usually run away for fear of being discovered.

To be effective, the sensitivity of such devices much not be set too high or stray animals will set them off too frequently which will get you on the wrong side of your neighbors. Also be sure such devices are high enough that they can't be easily turned off or broken.

3. Make Doors , Body Worn Cameras Youd Never Guess Safer

Illegal entry through the front door , Intruder Alarms Don't Worry Burglars! occurs more often than any other points of entry in your house. , Read this Article if You Want to Make Your Home Into a Fortress All exterior doors , Self Defense: Pepper Spray - Why It Is So Effective should be of solid hard wood , Telephone Bugs That Call You or steel reinforced. A good door , Tropical Depression and Tropical Storm Nadine does no good if the door , How To Select The Ideal Window Locks frame is in bad shape or of inferior construction. Pay special attention to the door , Alarm System: Glass Break Detectors jams. Most inexpensive and expensive homes , Security Alarm System Motion Detectors combined are made out of cheap pine. It does not take much force to "kick in" the door , CCTV Surveillance Systems even if protected with dead bolts, if the strike plate is attached with only a couple of 1/2 or 3/4 inch screws. , Abatement of Contagious Bird Flu Secure doors , Safe And Sound, Wherever You Are by installing 2-1/2 to 3 inch stainless steel or nickel plated screws , Safe And Sound, Wherever You Are in all your exterior door , Home Security - Discuss Your Home's Security With A Professsional Surveyor jams.

4. Make Windows , Utilizing Customer Service at Your Home Security Company Safer

Burglars break windows , Types Of Home Security as a last resort if they can't enter through a door , Increase Your Home Security With Video Surveillance or from other outside , Intruder Alarms Don't Worry Burglars! means. The preferred method is cutting an access hole or slipping in a thin stiff wire and undoing the locking device. Most double hung windows , What Are Disaster Recovery Templates And How Do They Help? have cheap locks , Self Defense: Pepper Spray - Why It Is So Effective which should be replaced by heavy duty sash locks , Explanation of EMF Protection Devices or even keyed locks, , Security In Your Home if you can put up with the inconvenience. An old trick is installing a small eyebolt in either corner. If done correctly the window , Use Of Home Security Cameras Increase can't be opened, with the eyebolt in place , Home Security - Defend Your Home and Possessions Against Intruders! from the outside. , Types Of Home Security You could screw , Gas Masks - A Preemptive Measure for Unprecedented Attacks the window , Security Cameras shut by drilling a hole through the frame but it defeats the purpose of having a window, , Gas Masks - A Preemptive Measure for Unprecedented Attacks and presents a fire , Outdoor Lighting Adds Security, Artistic Look To A Home hazard. I recommended not doing this.

The safest windows , Bioterrorism Preparedness are glass , Tropical Depression and Tropical Storm Nadine block. Almost impossible to break through, they of course can't be opened and are not as pleasing to look at. However this is a good choice for basements , Alarm System: Glass Break Detectors or areas at or near ground level.

Another good protection is installed roll-a-way electric security , Explanation of EMF Protection Devices shutters, or decorative security , Katrina: Lessons Learned on the Nature of Man grates. The main down side is they can prove to be a serious fire , Body Worn Cameras Youd Never Guess hazard and prevent your escape. Newer models install on tracks or can easily be pushed open from inside , A Home Security System Provides Peace Of Mind to lessen their danger in the event of fire , Home Security and Your Children and the thick smoke sure to accompany it.

5. Take Household , Home Security and Your Children Inventory

The steps talked about above can go a long way to protecting your home , Katrina: Lessons Learned on the Nature of Man but no matter how secure your residence is, if a professional burglar has targeted your home , Alarm System: Glass Break Detectors and is determined to break in, he will still probably succeed in breaking into your home. , Alarm System: Contacts (Window & Door Switches) To aid law enforcement officials and greatly assist in insurance claims you should maintain a detailed inventory of all your household , Read this Article if You Want to Make Your Home Into a Fortress valuables.

It makes sense to "mark" important items with some permanent identifying mark. There are a variety of simple tools , Safety Training: The Need For Security you can rent that will engrave serial numbers, a driver's license number or some other unique marking into your valuables.

Remember most burglars sell stolen items in order to get cash, usually for illegal drugs. You'll greatly reduce the chances of someone walking off with your TV, DVD or other valuables if it has a conspicuous ID number that can't be removed, simply because it will greatly reduce its street value and make it too much work to get rid of and sell, and of course it is a lot easier to trace and return the property , How to Evacuate Before a Hurricane to the rightful owner.

Today, many people have a video camera. , Tropical Depression and Tropical Storm Nadine Sweep each room , Buying Your First Handgun and record the contents from several different angles. Next, take close-ups of really important items. To tie-in, have a family member pose with the valuables. In a clear voice identify each item, the date of purchase, price paid and model and serial numbers. Remember to update the tape or disk every time you purchase something new.

If you don't have a video camera, , CCTV Surveillance Systems a regular inexpensive digital camera , Don't Wait for a Hurricane Katrina to Do Your Home Inventory! also works well. Make a companion audio tape to go along with it. It very important that the tapes or pictures be kept off the property , How to Evacuate Before a Hurricane or they may be stolen or damaged. Keep them in a safety , Use Of Home Security Cameras Increase deposit box at your bank. Now set aside an hour or so and complete the security , CCTV Surveillance Systems check list on the following page. Correct weak points as soon as possible and your home , Body Worn Cameras Youd Never Guess and property , Safe And Sound, Wherever You Are will be more secure.
Glenn Freiboth is a writer for Self Defense news and lives in Illinois. Self Defense and Surveillance products , What Are Disaster Recovery Templates And How Do They Help? can be found at http://www.selfdefensegearco.com

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