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Nov 16, 2009, 11:28 PM

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Home security can be improved by taking some very simple steps. Smart home maintenance, spy cam equipment, good lighting and a few locks can go a long way.

As a first step, stand back and analyse the perimeter of your home. Look at the yard, exterior lighting, spy cams (if you have them) and trees. Overgrown trees can provide cover for an intruder as well as blocking the spy cams line of sight. A yard without a fence makes access for burglers a lot easier. Tools left lying around the garden can be used to break in.

A burglar will notice these things and select the most vunerable house in a neighborhood. Don't make things easy for criminals, tidy the perimeter of your home and deploy good lighting and spy cam equipment.

After analysing the perimeter of your home, check all points of entry. One of the easiest points of entry for a burglar are the windows. Windows that are left open or in poor repair are open invitations to a burglar.

According to crime statistics nearly 90% of all illegal entries are through a door. Be proactive. Fit solid doors and frames and use high quality locks.

In summary, be proactive and analyse the security of your house as a burglar would. Spy cam equipment can play an important part in your new security plan. The range of available equipment is enormous and most spy cams can be hooked up to the internet making remote surveillance possible.


Dec 28, 2009, 1:02 PM

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some tips for home security
  • Plan to "burglarize" yourself. You'll discover any weaknesses in your security system that may have previously escaped your notice.

  • Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many burglars 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 effective 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. If the house cleaner is from a firm, call your local Better Business Bureau to check on the firm's reputation.

  • Instead of keeping a 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 if 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 entrances 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.

  • Talk to your neighbors about any suspicious people or strange cars you notice lurking about.
  • To keep your tools from being stolen, paint the handles. Thieves avoid items that are easy to identify.

  • Trees located near windows or shrubbery that might shield a burglar from view can be major flaws in your home-protection plan. Consider your landscaping plan in light of your protection needs.

  • Ask for credentials from any sales-person who requests entry to your home. Ask that their ID be pushed under the door. Many professional burglars use this cover to check out homes. If you're doubtful, check with the person's office before letting him or her in.

  • Do not list your full name on your mailbox or your entry in the telephone book. Use only your initial and your last name.

  • If someone comes to your door asking to use the phone to call a mechanic or the police, keep the door locked and make the call yourself.

  • 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.

    2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Dogs are a good deterrent to burglars.
Securing Doors
  • To help burglar-proof your home, install 1-inch throw deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.

  • A door with too much space between the door and the frame is an invitation for the burglar to use a jimmy. Reinforce the door with a panel of 3/4-inch plywood or a piece of sheet metal.

  • If there are door hinges on the outside of your house, take down the door and reset the hinges inside. Otherwise all a thief has to do to gain entry to your home is knock out the hinge pin.

  • You can burglar-proof your glass patio doors by setting a pipe or metal bar in the middle bottom track of the door slide. The pipe should be the same length as the track.

    2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    A pipe or metal bar can be used to burglar-proof a patio door.
  • It's easy for a burglar to pry through rot. Replace rotted door frames with new, solid wood.

  • It's simple for a thief to break glass panels and then reach in and open a doorknob from the inside. A door with glass panels should be either fortified, replaced, or secured with deadbolts that can only be opened with a key.

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(This post was edited by manishfusion on Dec 28, 2009, 1:03 PM)
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