Make sure deadbolts are properly installed on every exterior door.
Consider replacing screen doors with iron or steel security doors.
Using “Pyrex” or “Lexan” glass is a sturdier option for your basic glass on screen doors.
Door jambs tend to be a weak point when a door is kicked in or pried open. Make sure they are reinforced with long screws and sturdy wood.
“Charlie Bars” or long dowels should be placed in frames of sliding glass doors to prevent opening.
All doors should have a peep-hole viewer or camera to identify visitors before opening the door.
Always make sure to lock windows, even if you only intend to be out for a small period of time.
Thumb turn window locks or dowels are a good security measure for windows that have no lock mechanisms, or weak ones.
Keeping curtains and blinds closed at night can help to keep potential burglars observing into your home.
Screens that are damaged or falling out of the window frames should be replaced or mended when possible.
Make sure there is plenty of lighting along the outside perimeter of your home.
Alarm signs or decals, as well as “No Trespassing” or “Beware of Dog” signs can help deter criminals who may be profiling your home.
To limit potential hiding spots for burglars, keep trees and bushes trimmed back and remove any junk or clutter.
Cut up any large boxes from major purchases before throwing away. Left at the curb or by the trash, they can be a tip for burglars to target your home.
Other Security Tips:
A locking mail drop box is a great option to help prevent mail theft.
Surveillance cameras are becoming more affordable and much easier to install. Adding a system can be an excellent security addition.
Consider adding a basic burglary alarm system that communicates with an alarm monitoring central station.
Important documents, valuable items as well as firearms should be kept in a quality lock box or safe. The safe or lockbox should be bolted down to prevent the entire container from being stolen.
Review your insurance coverage with your insurance agent to make sure you are protected for all of the valuables in your home. (Alarm systems are a great way to get a discount on your home owners or renters insurance.)
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