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The most common entry point of a burglar into your home is a door. Once they get into your home they have to carry out of it what they steal, so why not prepare a fast exit route, a door.

A friend of mine had these cute little decorative frogs just outside his back door. They had a “secret” compartment in them. Looking at then the compartment it was so very obvious they had a compartment. When his neighbor went to check on his house the key was gone out of the frog and the back door wide open. DON”T hide a key ANYWHERE. Thieves will find it.

Do not tell anyone when or where you are going on vacation. This man told the whole town of his plans. At the coffee shop you never know who may be listening. You never know when even a friend might inadvertantly tell someone and it is overheard by the wrong person. Tell everyone about your trip after you get home. It will make a better story anyway.

Some sliding glass doors can be lifted out of their track. Some people put a broom handle or a stick in the track. This prevents the door from being slid open but it does not prevent the door to be lifted. You can get a kit at your local hardware store that will stop a thief from lifting the door. You have to drill a small hole through the track and door. Then put a steel peg or nail through it. This will prevent the door from being lifted out of it’s track.

A door that opens out could be a problem. The hinges are exposed to the outside. It is possible to remove the pins of the hinges and therefore the door can be opened from the hinge side. There are two ways to prevent this. Normally there are four screws in each hinge. Remove the middle screw of the middle hings on both the door and the door jam. Drill a hole the size of the screw hole into the door jam where you removed the screw. Then drive a finish nail into the door where you removed the door screw. Leave the nail sticking out of the door about 1/4 inch. When the door is closed the finish nail will go into the hole you drilled in the door jam. Now the door cannot be removed.

Windows can also be protected by drilling a small hole throught the window into the window casing. Place a nail into the hole and be sure it goes into the casing. Leave the nail sticking out so it can be removed from inside the home in case of an emerancy.

Lock ALL windows even the upstair ones. So many people don’t lock the second story windows or even leave them open. Then leave a nice extension ladder out in the yard. Or your neighbor provides the ladder for the thief. How many of your neighbors have a ladder in their back yard?

Sliding glass windows can be protected the same way I described the protection for a sliding door.

Finally, installing a good sturdy storm/security door is a excellent way to keep your property protected. Remember, most thieves are lazy. They don’t want to do extra work to break into your home. They see the security door and say it’s not worth the effort or the time it will take to to break in. I’ll go next door they don’t have one.


Posted on July 8th, 2008 at 03:16 by Alex Smith in Home Safety,Home Security,protecting valuables,security doors - Comments (4)

Seldom do I endorse any company or product in a blog, but I have just installed two Weisser Powerbolt keyless dead bolts. One in my shop and the other on my office door. I am happy to report I am very pleased with their product.

The installation was very easy. All you need is a phillips head screw driver, a centering punch and hammer if you already have a dead bolt installed.. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. The installation takes only 15 to 30 minutes but a little longer if you have to drill a hole for the dead bolt.

You can gain access by either using the touchpad or with a key. You can have a second code you can give to a maid or any other person authorized to enter your home. Both codes can be changed if you hire a different domestic help at any time.

The lock runs on four AA batteries and has a warning light when they are getting low. If three wrong codes are entered into the keypad the lock will sound a beeping alarm. To lock the door you simply press the lock button in the center of the keypad. Placing the correct code into the keypad unlocks the door. It’s fast and easy.

The Locks can be purchased at most building supply company’s at about $99.00. I felt the added security and convenience was worth the cost.

I find only one draw back that you might consider. It has a manual lever on the inside of the door. If your door has window panels in it the Keyless lock can be unlocked by breaking the window and reaching in.

You can get additional information by calling 1-800-343-9652 or www.powerbolt.com


Posted on April 30th, 2008 at 06:18 by Alex Smith in Home Safety,Home Security,security doors - Comments (0)

The FBI latest statistics are showing crime is increasing astronomically. There is a burglary taking place about every 25 minutes. Many of the items taken cannot be replaced. Family hierlooms, collections, anniversary gifts, electronics, computers, etc. Small items a burlar can carry off and pawn easily. When your computer is stolen there goes your personal identity too.

The average loss (after you settle with the insurance company) is over $1,000.00. You try your best to itemize the items stolen only to find out months later another item was stolen. It’s too late to claim that item then. It’s a good idea to video tape or hire someone to do it of all your valuables. Be sure there’s a good description of each item and if possible have an appraisal of it.

Single family homes are twice as likely to be burglarized than apartments or multiple family homes. Most burglaries occur while there is no one home. Criminals don’t like others around while they do their dirty work. If you happen to come home while the criminal is there DO NOT try to intervene. Leave the home immediately and call the police. Don’t re-enter the home until they clear it. Even though you might not see the burglar but suspect he’s there, back out and call the police. They will check your home for you. They would rather do that than set up a crime scene of a homicide. Remember, most often a person defending his/her home with a weapon have it turned on them. Don’t try it.

Unfortunately, most people don’t think or do anything about home security until they or someone they know has had a break-in. Burglars look at homes they think are easy targets. There’s many things you can do to make your home less likely to be burglarized. A lot of police departments will gladly send out an officer to survey your home and give you suggestions on home security. Take advantage of this service. It’s free and will possibly save you a lot of grief and aggrevation in the future. Hind sight is always 20/20.

The first place to look is the outside of your home. Here are some tips you might consider:

* Keep your yard well maintained. Make it look like someone is living there.
* Have good locks on windows and doors. Install reinforced deadbolts on all doors.
* Be sure all sliding doors cannot be lifted up out of their tract. You can drill a small hole at the bottom and place a nail through it so the door stays in place.
* Trim all shrubbery so as not to give a burglar a place to hide.
* Don’t display your family’s silver service or valubles in front of a picture window. That’s just an invitation to take it.
* Don’t hide a key anywhere outside your home. The best hiding place you can think of is probably the first place he will look. Leave a key with a trusted neighbor or friend.
* Be sure your mail box has a door on it that will not display your mail. A mail box full of mail is a good sign no one has been home for quite some time. If you are going to be away from home for any period of time have someone pick up your mail and news paper or have them stopped while you are gone.
* Don’t leave front door porch lights on during the day. That means you are away and won’t be home until after dark. That gives them an idea or time frame how long they have to steal from you. Have a light that comes on from dusk to dawn. That way you will not have a beacon telling would thief your family’s schedule.
* Of course, I’m a believer of home security systems. Burglars survey the neighborhoods and would rather not be interupted by a loud siren.
I recommend a loud siren alerting both the criminal and your neighbors that an intruder has been detected. Display the sign your security company where it can be easily seen. Studies have shown that has detoured thieves.
* If you are going away for a while call your local police department and tell them. They will cruise by your home more often.
* Do not leave ladders outside in your yard. Even if you do not have a two story home your neighbor might. You would be suprised as to how many people do not lock their upstairs windows.

Next blog we’ll discuss what to do on the inside of your home. When it comes to security, think about what you would do to gain access to your home if you were a criminal.


Posted on April 9th, 2008 at 07:17 by Alex Smith in Home Safety,Home Security,Home Security Systems,mailbox security,security doors - Comments (2)

When thinking about having a security system installed there are 6 aspects to consider. I will be listing each and discussing the values of each in the next few weeks.

Basically they are: (1) yard signs & window/door decals, (2) perimeter window & door contacts, (3) interior protection devices, (4) fire protection,(5) carbon monoxide detectors, (6) special partitions.

The yard signs & window decals are very important. It lets a would be thief know you are protected by an alarm system. A burglar does not want to encounter an alarm system because first it limits the time he has to steal from you and there is a good possibility he will get caught.

Would you break into a house with an alarm system when your neighbor does not have one??? Which one would you burglarize??? Place your signs & decals on all sides of the house so your home cannot be approached by someone and not know you have an alarm system.


The four things burglars hate are: Light, Noise, Exposure and Time.

Records show that most burglaries are done during the hours of 10am to 2:30 pm. Why? Dad’s at work and mom’s out doing her errands while the kids are at school. He’ll be home around 5:30 pm but mom wants to be home when the kids get home from school. This time of day he has all the natural light he needs.

Noise .A security system should have the loudess siren on it. Even if you do not have the system monitored, which is not good, he knows he’s been detected and will flee the home. This also why he would rather kick in a door than break a window. Windows make a distinct noise when they break alerting your neighbors. Doors just a low thud noise. Put good locks and dead-bolts on all doors.

Exposure. Does your home have high shrubberies, dense trees, stockade fencing or something that will give a burglar a place where he can’t be seen? Trim the shrubs so they are no taller than waist high.

Time is the burglars most worst enemies. Most burglars are in your home only three to ten minutes. They have a system of where to go to grab what they want and leave as fast as they can. Don’t leave items out to cut down on the time it takes to steal from you.

Start looking at your home inside and out as a burglar would do.


Posted on November 22nd, 2005 at 09:22 by Alex Smith in Home Security,Home Security Systems,motion sensors,security doors - Comment (1)

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