American Survival Guide - - HOME SAFE HOME -

There are many other steps you can take to re­duce the threat of crime in your home and the sur­round­ing neigh­bor­hood: • Trim the shrubs as low as pos­si­ble around your home to min­i­mize places for prowlers to hide. • Have mail, news­pa­per and pack­age de­liv­er­ies stopped prior to leav­ing home for an ex­tended pe­riod. • In­stall a fire safe in a re­mote, dis­creet lo­ca­tion in your home. Fas­ten it se­curely to the floor or wall so that a crim­i­nal can’t carry it away. • Keep your most valu­able items in the safe when they’re not on your per­son. If you’ll be gone for an ex­tended pe­riod, trans­fer your valu­ables to a safe de­posit box at your bank. • Avoid “hid­ing” keys out­side your doors, be­cause some in­surance poli­cies will not pay if the break-in shows no signs of a forced en­try. • Ask the po­lice or a trusted friend or neigh­bor to check on your res­i­dence. • In­stall light­ing all around your home and prop­erty that has the op­tion to turn on man­u­ally or via mo­tion de­tec­tors. Sup­ple­ment hard­wired lights with strate­gi­cally placed so­lar-pow­ered lights to pro­vide il­lu­mi­na­tion, even if the power goes out. • In­stall a solid-wood or metal-framed door that is equipped with a one-way peep­hole. It should also have, at a min­i­mum, an un­yield­ing dead­bolt lock and security chain in­stalled. Invest in se­cure side and rear doors as well. • Slid­ing pa­tio doors are no­to­ri­ously easy to pick. You can mit­i­gate this is­sue by simply plac­ing a piece of 2x4 or a rigid pole in the bot­tom track to pre­vent the door from slid­ing. Al­ter­na­tively, you can buy a security bar made specif­i­cally for this pur­pose. • Sky­lights and ground-ac­ces­si­ble win­dows and glass doors should have bars with locks or metal grates with in­te­rior re­lease mech­a­nisms that are not ac­ces­si­ble from the out­side. Be sure you will be able to re­move these bar­ri­ers quickly if you need to exit fast in an emer­gency. • There is a plethora of ef­fec­tive elec­tronic home security de­vices de­signed for DIY in­stal­la­tion. From wire­less win­dow and glass­break alarms to mo­tion de­tec­tors and in­frared video cam­eras that communicate with your smart phone, there is a so­lu­tion that makes sense for your sit­u­a­tion.

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