Your family’s safety and well being are extremely important. Homeowners should apply a couple of simple home security measures to provide optimum protection against unwanted intruders. Applying the following tips to secure your house is easy and inexpensive.
The safety tips focus on three areas of your family dwelling. Access to the interior through doors and windows needs to be secure and inaccessible. There are even measures you can take on the outside of your building to help with ensuring your house is as safe as it can be.
Locks on sliding windows can easily be jimmied to allow access into the room. A simple and inexpensive solution is to use wooden dowels as braces. One of the bonuses to using a dowel is it allows you to leave your window open a couple of inches for fresh air. Measure the window frame to get the correct size for each window in every room. When taking the measurements be sure to consider whether it is a window that you would like to leave open a bit of fresh air.
You can pick up the dowels you need at any hardware store. They are inexpensive and can be cut to your exact measurements. A dowel in the window frame will prevent a window from becoming an access point into your house. In case of emergency they can quickly be removed allowing exit from the room in case of fire.
A second option in lieu of wooden dowels is to use window slide locks. These are also very inexpensive and easy to install. They fit on the window frame and can be adjusted easily to have the window fully closed or left open just a few inches for air. They can easily be removed in case of the need for an emergency exit. You can window slide locks at many hardware stores.
Exterior door locks should be deadbolts for maximum security. Deadbolts are easy to install and offer more protection than push button locks or turn lock knob sets. Deadbolts penetrate into the frame of the wall about one inch, which makes them harder to pick.
Burglars typically look for easy targets. They will look for easy to pick door locks and windows that easy to open to gain access into your house. Taking the above measures will deter most thief’s from attempting to enter your dwelling.
Adding motion detector lights to the exterior area in your yard is another way to scare off would be intruders. When the light comes on a burglar would not know whether someone turned on the light or if it was an automatic light. Either way they will most likely be scared off.
Protecting your house and family is important. These safety steps are very basic and should be followed by every homeowner. The last thing you want is to come home from a hard days work to find someone has entered your house and stolen your property. Worse than that would be to wake up to discover a prowler is in your home. For added protection you may want to consider adding a burglar alarm system to your home.