10 Things You Must Know About Home Security
1. Update Exterior Locks – Deadbolts should be the primary lock on your exterior doors. The throw bolt (the part that enters the door frame) should extend deep into the frame. 3″ screws should be used to connect the throw plate to the door frame. Check your window latches as well, making sure they work properly. Older windows can get out of alignment, which prevents them from latching properly.
2. Solid Doors – The best doors are made out of solid wood or enclosed in a steel shell. You’ll want to make sure your door isn’t weaker than the lock you place on it. Small windows near the top of the door won’t diminish a solid doors strength.
3. Man’s Best Friend Protects – Your furry friend doesn’t have to be big to help protect your home. Barking can be a great deterrent to thieves who don’t want to tangle with a dog defending its owner and home. If you’re allergic to dogs, simple sound alarms are available that mimic a dog barking.
4. Motion Lights – Lights with motion sensors can be placed at strategic locations around the exterior of your home to light up dark areas at night. As soon as someone passes, the lights will shine brightly, which will alert you and startle potential burglars. Replace old floodlights with fixtures that offer a wide light range and have dusk-til-dawn operation, so you don’t have to worry about turning the lights off and on.
5. Camera Systems – Set up security cameras to record key areas around your home and to act as a deterrent. Cameras connected to your Smart Security System can record video clips into the Cloud and can be viewed remotely via the internet through a smartphone, iPad, or a computer.
6. Safe and Sound – Use a safe for key documents (birth certificates, Social Security cards, marriage licenses, etc.). A fire-proof safe is an excellent way to conceal and protect small valuables. You can mount one in a wall, or bolt it to the floor.
7. Update Interior – To add another layer of security, install additional locks on the inside of your exterior doors. These can be updated, heavy-duty knob locks with 3″ screws, or surface mounted interlocking deadbolts. Adding a chain or slotted bolt fastener can also increase your door security.
8. Alarms – Smart Security Systems provide peace of mind in the middle of the night, or while you are away. The loud noise is a deterrent, a signal to your neighbors, and emergency responders. Be sure to post the signs and stickers that AlarmSavvy provides for your doors and windows. AlarmSavvy signs and stickers act as an effective deterrent.
9. Obstructions – Trim back any bushes, shrubs or trees near entry points including doors, windows and garages. Burglars can easily hide behind these and go undetected. They can either try to break in using these as cover, or attack you as you attempt to gain access to your home.
10. Have a Smart Home – You can integrate multiple systems in your home such as lighting, thermostats, locks and overall security, all of which can be controlled remotely through your smart mobile device from anywhere.