Protecting your home need not be so sophisticated to capture the thieves or burglars. You should know that amateur burglars are the ones committing most of the home burglaries. Simple precautions and tips are enough to thwart these amateur thieves. The first thing to do is to test the security of your home yourselves in order to know the weaknesses and things to improve.
General Home Security
Always remember to lock your home when leaving even for a short duration and change the locks if you moved into a new home. You can also make your homes seem occupied when you leave by using timers to switch the lights or turn the radio on and off. The wires of your alarm system should always be concealed because burglars can easily disarm the alarm through the uncovered wires. Broken alarm system that always goes off should be immediately fixed because neighbors will tend to ignore the alarm if an actual burglary occurs.
When calling for an assistance of professional house cleaner, always check the background of the person and change the locks immediately if you lost your keys. Most people keep a spare key under the doormat, in a mailbox, or on a nail in the garage, but it is advisable to wrap the key in foil or put in a film can and bury somewhere you can easily find.
The most effective deterrent for burglars is a noisy dog and does not need to be a trained dog. A small noisy dog is a very good pet as well as a very effective alarm for burglars. Observe and talk with the neighbors for any unusual cars or persons lurking in your neighborhood.
Most of all, do not let anyone in especially those asking for phone calls. Ask for ID’s or check with their office first before giving entry.
A spring-latch lock is not advisable in your main door because it can be easily opened by leading experts. A 1-inch deadbolt lock will defy the burglars of this trick. If your door has too much space in between the door and its frames, then a burglar can use a jimmy. To cover for this weakness, you can reinforce your door with a panel of 3/4-inch piece of sheet metal or plywood. Make sure that the hinges of the door are on the inside because burglars can easily dismantle your door if it is on the outside. Placing a metal bar in the middle bottom of the door is the trick for securing your glass patio doors.
The windows are the main entry for most burglars. Install one or more locks, alarm system, or a burglar resistant glass. Solder the screw heads when installing window locks to prevent the burglars from unscrewing them after they cut a small hole in the pane.
It is a challenge to secure a garage but there are also simple ways to increase its security. Cover the windows or frost the windows so that burglars cannot tell if the car is gone. Even if your car is not in the garage, always lock and close the garage door. A peephole from your house to the window is also advisable so that you can check any suspicious sounds without opening your house door.
Now you know how an amateur burglar can enter your home. After assessing your home security, you can now identify the areas where you need to fortify to avoid future burglaries. It is better to be a bit more cautious than just leaving everything as it is. You can now sleep better knowing that you are safe in your own home.