How to Secure Potential Break-In Points in Your Home?
Though every people think that burglary will never happen in their house, when it does happen they go through a traumatic experience. If you haven’t been robbed already, you still have time to take precaution. Before the burglars break in your house, you should strategically secure the potential break-in points.
Let’s check out what are the most common ways of breaking into your home:
Front and Back Doors
You will be surprised to know that 32 per cent of the burglaries take place through the unlocked front doors. Many miscreants just kick the door, remove hinges, and rob households. Surprisingly, front doors are most common potential break-in points for burglars. Other doors such as back doors and garage doors are also used for breaking in.
This is another favorite break-in point for burglars as they find it easier to enter home through this fragile point of entry. If you think, they enter by breaking glass, you are only partially true. Most of the times, thieves and burglars sneak in through unlatched windows.
Harden these potential break-in points and secure your home from burglaries and thefts. Life is not a movie and the burglars don’t need to scale daring heights to rob you.
How to Protect Potential Break-in Points?
1. Securing Front and Back Door and Exterior
a. Precaution one should take is in construction of the door. It has been seen that many front and back doors are hollow, made up from simple veneer sheets on cardboard core. If you have one, change it. All exterior doors should be made up of solid material such as solid wood, fiber glass, metal, or solid wood core with veneer layer over it. Incorporation of lock blocks can provide additional support. Avoid having any window in the exterior doors. Though they look good, they become more vulnerable to break-ins. If you have windows on doors, replace them. HomeSecurityList has a wide array of articles, videos, and other information on the ways of securing your house. You may have more ideas on cool gadgets from the site’s blog to secure your house.
b. Doors should be installed with outside swinging facility. This protects, to certain extent, from forced entry. Incorporation of security hinges provide additional layer of security.
c. Install deadbolt locks in addition to the already built-in lock in doorknobs. For additional security, exit-only deadbolts or dead-locks can be incorporated.
d. Install a camera outside your home for round the clock surveillance. Don’t keep the data storage facility along with the camera as the thief or burglar may take it away too. Keep the storage system inside in a secured place.
2. Securing Windows
a. Whether the window is in the first floor or second floor, always keep it locked.
b. Secondary locking devices should be used so that the windows can’t be opened past a certain point, restricting from full opening.
c. Glass-break sensors or vibration sensors should be in place in case of windows break-ins.
d. Solar screens should be used on windows so that thieves and burglars can’t check out what’s inside.
e. Anti-break window films can be used.
Garages can also be potential break-in points and the above mentioned tips can be utilized for securing that entry point too.