When it comes to preparing your family for the worst, home security is one of the last things people think about. Putting the security of your home on the back burner can put your family and home in danger, as well as your peace of mind. Preparing for the worst can prove to go a long way, so I’ve compiled 5 tips that you can use to deter a burglar from entering your home without the use of a home security system.
The FBI reports that a burglary occurs in every 12 seconds in the United States. That’s roughly five home burglaries every minute! The scary part is that it takes the average burglar only a minute or two to gain access into your home. What’s even scarier is that it only takes them 8-12 minutes to find the most valuable items in your home, take what they need, and make a clean getaway.
Most burglars who can’t gain access into a home within two minutes will in most cases move onto another vulnerable target with easier access inside. So what can you do to your home to make a burglar unsuccessful in entering your home?
Here’s 4 Ways to Trick a Burglar into Picking another Target:
- Toughen Up Your Door Frame – Even if your home is equipped with the strongest door and the highest quality locks, a burglar may still be able to enter your home by prying or breaking the door frame itself. In most homes, door frame moldings are basically tacked to the wall, so a crowbar or a hard kick can simply split the frame from the wall. To secure your door frame to the wall, put in several 3-inch screws along the frame and door stop. Make sure the screws reach the wall stud for the best protection.
- Sliding Glass Doors – Sliding glass doors are the burglar’s favorite point of entry into your home, mainly when it’s inadequately protected. There are a few ways to protect these doors. For example: A simple solution is to wedge a wooden dowel in the bottom track when the door is closed and locked. This way if a burglar manages to unlock the sliding door, the wooden dowel will prevent the door from opening. Make sure to replace any old sliding doors. They are very easy to pick, and can also be lifted off the track.
- Beefed up Locking Mechanisms – All of the exterior doors in your home should be equipped with a deadbolt lock, on top of the lock built into the door knob. Be sure it is of high quality with a throw bolt that’s at least 1-inch long. If the doors in your home have anything less than a 1-inch throw bolt be sure to have these replaced.
- Home Security Yard Sign – Let’s face it, a burglar would much rather pick a home that doesn’t have a security system than one that does. One of the first things a burglar does when targeting homes is to check to see if your home is protected by a burglar alarm. If they see one of these signs, the chances of them breaking into your home are less likely.
Burglars are very opportunistic criminals, so picking a home with the easiest access are the homes they’d much rather prefer to burglarize. All of the tips listed above are good measures to slow a burglar from entering your home, and at the same time, keeping your family and home safe.
This Guest Post was written by Kevin Raposo, a blogger for SimpliSafe and Infobia. Kevin covers issues related to home security, consumer issues, crime, and safety. Kevin is a avid writer and drummer, spreading the word through music and blogging. SimpliSafe is a leader in the wireless home security field.