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Home Security Tips from Sacramento locksmith. A mobile locksmith in Sacramento for Protecting Your Home from Break-Ins
According to the FBI, Home Break-Ins (Burglary) are the most common threat to our home. In the U.S., 2.5 million+ home intrusions are committed each year. That is a home intrusion every 13 seconds. Here are a few more statistics:
· Only 17% of the homes in U.S. have a security system.
· About 30 percent of all burglaries are through an open or unlocked window or door.
· Nearly 66 percent of all burglaries are residential (home) break-ins.
· Renters are just as likely to be the victims of property crime as homeowners.
· The highest percentage of burglaries occurs during the summer months of July and August.
· February has the lowest percentage of break-ins.
· Homes without deterrence are up to 300% more likely to be broken into.
· Usually occur in the daytime when occupants are at school or work.
Everyone wants security and need a peace of mind. That is why it is necessary to secure your home and protect your family against break-ins.
Doors and Locks
· Use solid core or metal doors at entrance points.
· Install heavy-duty deadbolts with a one inch throw bolt.
· Use quality keys-in-lock sets with dead latch mechanism.
· Upgrade to heavy duty strike plates with 3 inch screws into the frame.
· Use a wide angle peephole.
· When you move into a new house or apartment, always change the door locks.
Break-ins through doors
· Most common method of forced entry is simply to kick in the door.
· The weakest point is usually a key in knob lock on a door that does not have a deadbolt or the deadbolt is not used or not installed properly.
Sliding Glass Doors
· This type of door is usually secured by latches only, which are vulnerable to attacks.
· There are metal track blockers / locks available.
· Security can be increased by inserting a Charley bar or wooden dowel or stick into the door track to prevent movement. and adding 2 screws to the upper track so the door can not be lifted off the track when closed
Windows (the most frequent point of entry during warm weather months)
· Windows are left unlocked much more often than doors.
· An open window that is visible from the street may be the sole reason that a house is targeted. An open window with only a locked window screen is particularly inviting to thieves; access is quick, easy and silent.
· Windows have latches, not locks; they should have secondary locking devices.
· A charley bar or wooden sticks/dowels work well with horizontal sliding windows. When used in combination with 2 screws to the upper window track to keep window from being lifted out
· For vertical windows, pins work well.
· For ventilation, leave no more than a 2 – 4 inch window opening.
· Make sure that opening is not large enough to allow someone to reach through to unlock the door or remove window lock.
Home Security Lighting
· Interior lighting, along with radios and televisions can make it look like you are home and awake.
· Using timers makes this very easy to do.
· Exterior lighting should be on a motion detectors
Dogs can be a great asset to home security. They can be a very good deterrent.
Even Fluffy, the family poodle, sweetest dog in the world can be made to look like Killer -the guard dog extraordinaire by taking advantage of one of their natural behaviors and a little coaching...But remember, Fluffy is still Fluffy at the end of the day, just a deterrent.
When anyone comes knocking at your door let your dog bark, in fact encourage your dog to bark and when you answer you door continue allowing your dog to bark and hold them back by the collar, as if your dog would attack if you did not hold him back. When done right this can create a little bit of fear of being bitten, a little bit confusion from the barking, and a little bit of doubt in the person’s mind because they will not know if the neighbors are peaking out of the windows because of the barking dog.
Be a Good Neighbor
· Get to know your neighbors, watch out for each other and your homes.
· While on vacation, pick up mail, newspapers, packages and flyers for each other; put out their trash on trash day (and return empty trash cans).
· Offer to park your car in their driveway and listen for a siren from their home security system if they have one.
· Water flowers, grass and plants.
· The most important thing is to communicate with each other.
· Engrave your driver’s license number (and state) on televisions, stereos, computers and small electronic appliances.
· Photograph your valuables, especially jewelry and electronics.
· Make a list of make, model, serial numbers and value of important items.
· Give a copy of this list to a relative or close friend.
If you see something or someone acting suspicious?
· If you see anyone acting suspicious around your house or neighborhood, call 911 immediately.
· If you see suspicious vehicles. Or someone acting suspicious around a vehicle Write down there plate number just in case.
· If your house is broken into, call police immediately. Don’t touch anything. The police may want to pull finger prints.
· It’s usually better to wait at a neighbors or outside for police to arrive. in most cases
the preceding excerpts comes from an unedited chapter of an upcoming book written by Duane V. and is his intellectual property which is protected under this Copyright and is given as a sneak peak into his book all rights are reserved. California Lock And Safe (916) 837-8781