According to FBI data, a burglary occurred once every 15 seconds in the United States in 2012. That’s a scary statistic, and it should inspire you to better protect your home. But how? There are many security systems on the market with varying levels of effectiveness, and it’s worth considering whether a burglar alarm system is right for your home. However, there are also low-tech steps you can take to ensure that your home is safe and secure. Sometimes efficient home repair is your best defense against home intruders. Take a look at some tips that can help you keep your home and family safe.
Strong window frames and locks can protect your home and family.
You probably already lock the doors every time you leave your house. But do you also check to make sure that your windows are locked before you leave, or before you go to bed at night? An unsecured window is as good as an open door to a skilled burglar.
Start by checking all of your windows to make sure that they have locks, and that the locks work properly – if they don’t, you should have them fixed. Older windows may have rusted locks or even weak frames that are easy to break. While a determined thief could always break a window if they had to, most will move onto an easier target if you make it difficult to get in. If you notice rust or rot weakening your metal or wooden window frames, have them replaced with newer, more secure windows.
Can unwanted guests enter through your garage?
If you’re like many homeowners, you may enter and leave your house through the garage at least as often as you enter and leave through the garage door. If your garage is a convenient entry point to you, it’s also convenient for a burglar. It’s surprisingly easy for a burglar to bypass a closed garage door using nothing more than a wire hanger. However, you can take steps to prevent this from happening, or at least limit their access once you’re in the garage.
For example, you can use a piece of wood to block a wire hanger from unlocking your garage door. This will prevent the thieves from getting into the garage in the first place. Just in case, though, you should also have a secure lock on the door leading from your garage into your home, and on any windows in the garage. Covering your garage windows with tinted film can also help prevent temptation. Never leave your garage door remote in your car in the driveway – it’s too easy to break into the car to get the remote.
Doors and Door Locks
Did you know that the lock on your door is the weakest part of the door? No matter how consistent you are about locking the doors, a burglar will be able to bypass a weak lock. All of the doors that provide an entry point to the outside should have a grade one or grade two deadbolt. Don’t neglect back or side doors – burglars often prefer these doors to the front doors, because they’re hidden from view of the street. Make sure these doors are just as secure as your front door.
If your door is old or damaged, the lock might be irrelevant. If the wood that your door is made of is rotting, for example, it will be easy to kick in. Check to make sure that the doors themselves are strong and undamaged. If you’re buying new doors, choose the ones that are reinforced with metal.
If you have concerns about your home security and home repair, Moonworks can help. Contact us online or by phone at 1-800-975-6666.