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Deterring a Burglar: Understanding Home Security

DETERRING A BURGLAR UNDERSTANDING HOME SECURITY SECURE TIPS FOR SECURING YOUR HOME* Create multiple layers of defense that a thief must get through in order to gain access to your home. 1. ALARM SYSTEM 2. GARAGE SECURITY 3. SECURITY LIGHTS FACT: A study by Rutgers University proved that criminals avoid houses with professionally monitored alarm systems. This research also proved that the Light up the house. Scare off those unsavory characters with motion-sensor lights. Frost or cover your garage windows. Don't do thieves any favors by enabling them to see when your vehicle is gone. A better idea would be to replace the door with one without windows. more houses with monitored alarms in a neighborhood, the safer the neighborhood. 4. TOUGH GLASS 5. SHRUBBERY 6. HOME SECURITY SIGNS Consider investing in superior doors and windows that aren't as easy to break through and that are equipped with glass sensors that notify you when your windows are broken into. Maintain shrubbery so that it's tall enough to create a barrier, but low enough that an intruder can't hide. Placing these signs around your home's perimeter can deter criminals by letting them know that the house is being monitored against crime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. HOME SECURITY “DON'TS" Don't put out a calling card with boxes that contained Don't leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants or any other obvious outdoor Don't put your name on your mailbox. These days, it's very easy for a thief to find your phone number online and then call to Don't use locks that expensive items, like the flat screen TV you just bought. Keep those items in the garage until garbage day. location. Thieves could easily find them. If you must hide keys, find an inconspicuous place, or give a set to a trusted neighbor. can be opened with a device called a "bump key". Bump keys can be purchased very inexpensively and work on roughly 90% of home door locks. see if you're at home. Шт WHILE YOU'RE AWAY... Avoid obvious clues that you're not home. • Resist leaving notes on the door for service people or family members. • Turn down the telephone ringer, so burglars won't hear that you aren't there to answer. • When you go on vacation, leave a trusted friend or neighbor in charge of your house. It's good to have them collect mail, water plants and flick on and off some lights to show activity on the premises. • Set items such as lamps and radios on a timer so it looks like your residence isn't vacant. ш *SOURCES http://homesecurityinfo.tk/safe-home-security-tips-for-keeping-your-family-safe-by-preventing-the-threat-of-burglary-robbery-and-fire-1202 http://homesecurityinfo.tk/indiana-can-take-these-home-security-safety-tips-to-heart-682 http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Parenting/story?id=6951923&page=1 http://www.itstactical.com/intellicom/physical-security/top-10-garage-door-security-tips-to-prevent-break-ins/ PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2011

Deterring a Burglar: Understanding Home Security

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Trusting that your home, family and belongings are protected is the key to having peace of mind when you're away. By following these tips for home security you can go to work or on vacation knowing yo...

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