Home Security 101 - the Basics of Securing Your HomeFirst things first, the problem of home burglaries and home invasions is an ever increasing threat to all American homeowners.
In the latest year that statistics were released, 2004, the Bureau of Justice reported that:
? Nearly one out of six homes was violated by a burglar.
? Three fourths of all crime was property related.
? In nearly 90% of all burglaries, the burglar gained entry into the house or other building.
This is something to remember: property crime occurs every 3 seconds, a home burglary every 15 seconds.
That''s the bad news. The enormously good news is that almost any expert in the field will tell you that 90%-that''s right 90% of all burglaries can be prevented.
So if the odds are so good that it will happen to you and it is such a preventable event-what is it you have to do to stop the burglars?
Let''s start with the basics. There are several simple things that can be done to make your home more secure in the face of almost certain intrusion from a burglar. TIME, LIGHT, NOISE-they are the biggest enemies of burglars.
As a matter of fact, homes with a security system have far fewer break-ins than those that don''t. This is not an all inclusive list but one that if followed will certainly go a long way toward making your home more secure.
1.Take a critical look at your house from the outside. Look at your home as a burglar would. Is your house well lit maybe with motion activated spotlights? Are there hiding places near doors and windows? If you can spot a potential weakness in your home''s "look" you can bet a professional burglar can exploit it. Remember that LIGHT is a burglars'' enemy-darkness a friend.
2.What could slow down a burglar from entering your home? Simple home security devices such as locks on doors (deadbolts are best) and windows, bars, grates-items that are visible from the exterior of the house will not only act as a deterrent but slow down an intruder should he decide to try to enter. The more time it takes to break into a home, the more discouraged a burglar will become. TIME is the enemy of the burglar.
3.How noisy can you make it if someone gains entry? NOISE is also the enemy of the burglar. There are many home security alarms activated by doors or windows opening or by motion. The sound of a barking dog, real or recorded, are very effective and will scare most burglars away.
LIGHTS, NOISE AND TIME-they are the three biggest enemies of an intruder. If you implement these home security tips to fortify your house you may well avoid a lot of potential break-ins. Implement these home security tips and you will be able to sleep better in a more secure home.
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