Editor’s Note: From time to time we entertain guest articles. Today’s guest article was written by Sam Peters.
Every homeowner needs to understand the importance of keeping their home safe and secure in every possible way. Now, safe home security goes beyond setting up a “burglar alarm” and taking the whole thing easy. It is about paying extra careful attention to your home, and effectively preparing for any contingency.
And contrary to popular belief, it does not require a heavy investment. With a bit of planning and by paying attention to the details, you can indeed make your home secure and send a strong signal out to the burglars that you are prepared…
#1: Install a Peephole that Does the Job
When we talk home security, we’re not just referring to the expensive methods out there, but also to some basic steps that you can take such as installing the right type of peephole. You obviously don’t want to open a door unless and until you know who is on the other side. A peephole does the job of letting you see who’s there. However, most peepholes are too small and can make it hard for you to identify who’s on the other side. So in order to ensure that you get a clear view, install a “wide angle” door viewer. This helps you avoid uncertainty of any kind.
#2: Have a Small Safe Installed
Do you need one of those big and heavy safes to keep your valuable safe/secure? Absolutely not. For about $100 bucks you can get a good safe that helps you protect your valuables from thieves. Make sure you fasten the safe to the wall or the floor so that in case someone breaks in, they aren’t able to walk off with it. If you’re looking for a safe that also offers fire protection, or has a fingerprint reading system built in, then it will cost you more. Nevertheless, installing a small safe is important to keep your valuable papers/jewelry safe.
#3: Install Inexpensive Door/Window Alarms
Your first line of defense against thieves is keeping the doors along with the windows securely locked. Adding wireless alarms to your doors/windows (which are activated by their opening and closing) makes them even more secure. It’s a fact that burglars don’t like noises, so even a simple alarm can scare them off. You can use these alarms for doors/windows in secluded/hidden areas in your home where there’s not much activity.
#4: Strengthen the Entry Door Strike Plate
Adding a heavy-duty strike plate along with some extra long/sturdy to reinforce your door jamb screws will give your door the needed strength to face any fierce kicks from the burglars if and when they try to break in. In order to check if your dead bolt is reinforced or not, just remove the “strike plate”. If you see a heavy reinforcing plate on it or it has heavy/strong steel with long screws, then it’s okay. If not, then you’ll have to purchase strike plate reinforcing hardware from one of the home centers.
When it comes to safe home security, it’s important that you don’t leave any stones un-turned. The tips that we discussed above may look simple or common, but at the end of the day, they make your home more secure. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and take the necessary steps to make your home burglar-proof.
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