Home se­cu­rity tips

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restora­tion of which is seen as a civic duty and part and par­cel of the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of Kingston, with a view of pro­vid­ing a place of en­ter­tain­ment and learn­ing about the en­vi­ron­ment and our in­ter­de­pen­dency; Marks­man Se­cu­rity, a real es­tate port­fo­lio of pre­ferred prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing the his­toric Sign Great House and Es­tate in Mon­tego Bay; and the flag­ship Guards­man.

The Guards­man Group com­prises Guards­man Limited, Marks­man Limited, Guards­man Ar­moured, Guards­man Elite, Guards­mans Alarms. Ad­di­tion­ally, Gymkhana, Orkin Ja­maica, Konoko Falls and Na­ture’s Par­adise make up the group – they op­er­ate out­side the se­cu­rity busi­ness.

Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many bur­glars just walk in through an un­locked door or win­dow.

Change all the locks and tum­blers when you move into a new house.

For the most ef­fec­tive alarm sys­tem, con­ceal all wiring. A pro­fes­sional bur­glar looks for places where he or she can dis­con­nect the se­cu­rity sys­tem.

Your house should ap­pear oc­cu­pied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and ra­dios on and off when you’re not at home.

If you have a faulty alarm that fre­quently goes off, get it fixed im­me­di­ately and tell your neigh­bours that it’s been re­paired. Many peo­ple ig­nore an alarm that goes off pe­ri­od­i­cally.

A spring-latch lock is easy prey for bur­glars who are ‘loid­ing’ ex­perts. Loid­ing is the method of slip­ping a plas­tic credit card against the latch tongue to de­press it and un­lock the door. A dead­bolt de­fies any such at­tack. It is only vul­ner­a­ble when there is enough space be­tween the door and its frame to al­low an in­truder to use power tools or a hacksaw.

If you lose your keys, change the locks im­me­di­ately.

Be­fore turn­ing your house key over to a pro­fes­sional house cleaner for sev­eral hours, make sure the per­son is hon­est and rep­utable as well as hard-work­ing. Check all ref­er­ences thor­oughly.

In­stead of keep­ing a spare key in a mail­box, un­der the door­mat, or on a nail be­hind the garage, wrap the key in foil or put it in a 35mm film can and bury it where you can eas­ily find it if you need it.

Don’t leave notes for ser­vice peo­ple or fam­ily mem­bers on the door. These act as a wel­come mat for a bur­glar.

If the en­trances to your home are dark, con­sider in­stalling light­ing with an in­frared

IIIIIIIIIIIde­tec­tor. Most thieves don’t want to be ob­served try­ing to get in a door.

Talk to your neigh­bours about any sus­pi­cious peo­ple or strange cars you no­tice lurk­ing about.

To keep your tools from be­ing stolen, paint the han­dles. Thieves avoid items that are easy to iden­tify.

Trees lo­cated near win­dows or shrub­bery that might shield a bur­glar from view can be ma­jor flaws in your home­pro­tec­tion plan. Con­sider your land­scap­ing plan in light of your pro­tec­tion needs.

Ask for cre­den­tials from any sales­per­son who re­quests en­try to your home. Ask that their ID be pushed un­der the door. Many pro­fes­sional bur­glars use this cover to check out homes. If you’re doubt­ful, check with the per­son’s of­fice be­fore let­ting him or her in.

Do not list your full name on your mail­box or your en­try in the tele­phone book. Use only your ini­tial and your last name.

If some­one comes to your door ask­ing to use the phone to call a me­chanic or the po­lice, keep the door locked and make the call your­self.

Dogs are good de­ter­rents to bur­glars. Even a small, noisy dog can be ef­fec­tive. Bur­glars do not like to have at­ten­tion drawn to their pres­ence. Be aware, how­ever, that trained guard dogs do not make good pets. Obe­di­ence train­ing and at­tack train­ing are en­tirely dif­fer­ent, and only the for­mer is ap­pro­pri­ate for a house pet.

IIIIIIISECURING DOORS

To help bur­glar-proof your home, in­stall one-inch throw dead­bolt locks on all ex­te­rior doors.

A door with too much space be­tween the door and the frame is an in­vi­ta­tion for the bur­glar to use a jimmy. Re­in­force the door with a panel of 3/4-inch ply­wood or a piece of sheet metal.

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