Home security guide

With urban crime seen to be on the rise lately, now would be a prudent time to think about the security of your home. While most homes would appear to be secure to you, try taking a closer look from the perspective of a potential criminal. Take a good look and try to break into your own house; what would you do?

Most break-ins occur with the criminals walking right through the front door. It is not through professional lockpicking or technology that gets them through; often it is just a simple wedge or electric saw that gets your door wide open. Check and understand what kinds of locks are keeping your door secure. Cylinders, latches, bolts, etc. all have different pros and cons and need to be studied carefully. How are the locks mounted? Why bother breaking a lock if the part it is locking is much easier to break. This is especially true if you use padlocks or chains. Often, the door or lock tab itself is the weakest link.

Besides the door, there are also other areas where a criminal may break in through. Windows are the next obvious choice. How easy is it to break them? How are they mounted and secured to your wall? Location also plays a part; if your windows are hidden from view, they may be an inviting option for break-ins. For such windows, it might be best to just permanently seal them with a metal barrier, with nothing to open. Then, keep looking again and see if there are other ways to get in; perhaps through the roof or an adjoining wall?

Your behavior and practices at home also play an important part of home security, especially when you are at home. If you don’t have a way to monitor your entrances from inside, go and get a door chain and peep viewer NOW. This will help you to always keep your doors locked, even if everyone is home. If you ever lose your keys, change the locks. In fact, it doesn’t hurt to just change the locks maybe once a year anyway. Being aware and cautious of people around you is the only way to prevent being tricked by potential criminals. Instead of breaking or sneaking around, some of the most dangerous criminals rely on their charms and social skills to gain your confidence and trick you into letting them in. Always confirm the identity and trustworthiness of people and organizations you allow into your home.

READ: What do burglars look for before a break in?

This article was originally published as Home security guide by habitat-my.