SIMPLE SECURITY SOLUTIONS
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.