Is your home secure?

How can you tell?

How do your locks rate?

 

There are several things you need to consider in order to have the best security for your home. The primary result you want to achieve is to make your home unattractive to a burglar. Take a walk across the street and observe your home the way a burglar would.

Are there a lot of high shrubs concealing windows?
Can you see any open windows?
Is there a missing storm window or screen?
Is the home and yard dark at night when approached?

 

If you answer Yes to any of the above questions you may be at risk. Shrubs should be trimmed so that they are not taller than the bottom of a window. Thieves love to work on windows while hiding behind tall shrubs. Windows should be closed and locked to prevent entry by the thief. A missing storm window or screen might indicate that you are a little lax about maintenance and suggest that other things might be easily compromised. A dark yard and house let a burglar get close enough to work at gaining entry. You might consider installing motion sensitive exterior lights to eliminate this problem.

The next line of defense for your home is the lock on the door. You should determine the quality of your hardware and its operation. Take a look at our lock page to understand more about different kinds of hardware. You can also print our recommended security survey form to provide you with a good check list of things to look for. You can find a security check list to consult at vacation time or any time you will be away for an extended period.

Many people desire the security an alarm offers. Some alarms you should definitely have are good fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you can't place these in every bedroom, place them where they can alert you quickly. Most fire departments will offer expert advice on placement of detectors. A fire extinguisher on each floor is a good idea and you may want to have an escape plan the whole family is familiar with in case of disaster. Security is keeping your house safe not just from burglars, but also from the potential disaster of a fire. These detectors will help you to do that.

Fire can also be a thief if you keep any valuables or important papers in the home. If you can't keep them in a safe deposit box at the bank, you may want to consider getting a safe. If you have firearms in the house always keep them safely locked away and unloaded.

We offer a variety of security services ranging from automotive security to high security locking systems and complex master keying. We also offer some personal security tips and some general safety guidelines. Take a look at our other pages for some more security tips.

 

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