Home Invasion Prevention Tips
If your home is clearly secure and well protected most burglars will likely bypass the home for an easier target.
We have provided a list of tips to prevent home invasion for you to make your home and family safer.
Doors are the primary entrance points for burglars. Garage doors are often the easiest to breach, followed by the back door. Once hidden from view a burglar has more breaking-and-entering options available to them. Follow these safety tips for a secure entrance:
- Replace rotted door frames so thieves cannot pry the door off its hinges. Use heavy-duty strike plates with 3-inch screws into wooden door frames.
- All entrance doors should have a solid core (preferably metal).
- Use heavy-duty, quality deadbolt locks with a knob-in-lock set and dead-latch mechanism.
- Prevent fraudulent entry by installing door chains and wide-angle peepholes mounted no higher than 58 inches off the ground.
Since windows can provide access for an intruder, it is essential that you take the proper measures to secure them. Particular attention must be paid to ground floor windows and windows visible from the street or alley. Even upper floor windows can present a threat to your home, especially if they can be accessed from a stairway, tree, fence or by climbing on balconies. The following are some recommendations to secure your windows:
- Use blocking devices to prevent an intruder from being able to slide a window open from the outside.
- Block the window open no more than six inches and make sure you can't reach in from the outside and remove the blocking device, or reach through and unlock the window.
- In sleeping rooms, any window blocking devices should be capable of being removed easily from the inside to comply with fire codes.
- Use anti-lift devices to prevent intruders from lifting your windows up vertically.
Alarm systems are most effective as a deterrent to burglars when used properly, and when properly maintained.
- Keep your yard sign visible and put alarm company decals in your windows and doors.
- Do not write your alarm code anywhere near the keypad.
- Be sure to update your alarm company and central station with any pertinent information including your response call list.
- Test your alarm regularly to ensure all access to your property is protected.
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