Everyday home security is something we all need to be thinking about quite literally, Every Day. Break-ins and burglaries are not reserved for times of massive civil unrest, like what we have seen following hurricanes in this country. On the contrary, they happen all too frequently and you should take care to ensure your home is as protected as possible.
Last week I had a new front door installed. Not because of an major security concerns but just because the old one had seen too much weather over the years and was starting to give out. I did put in a very nice secure door with a reinforced frame and steel plate around the deadbolt though. If you’re pulling things apart anyway you might as well make some upgrades while you’re at it, right?
So I’m talking to the construction guys who are doing the install and asking them how secure they thought the door was and they had quite a bit to say. First off, they said the door I ordered was great but the only people who break in through the front door are the police. To which I replied, “They’re the ones I’m worried about.” That joke got big laughs… Second, they said the most common breaching point for a break-in is the side garage door. Now remember that these are the same guys who are called out to repair doors that have been broken into so they know what they’re talking about. After all, they’ve seen it with their own eyes time and time again.
Really? The side garage door? Yup, that’s the spot you need to watch out for. Apparently the bad guys are figuring they’d rather be around the side of the house, usually behind a fence, and that they won’t be heard from inside the house. I’m actually planning on doing a bit of handy work on mine so that I can actually bar the door from the inside like they used to do in old castles. I’m planning on camouflaging the brackets that the bar would slide into so they look like wall sconces. I’ll update you all once I make some progress.
Here are a few simple things you can do to make your home safer. For starters be sure to have good strong doors, with reinforced frames, and solid deadbolts that slide into a steel plate that’s drilled all the way into the wall. Second, make sure windows and sliding doors are secured. Just a simple wooden dowel can be extremely effective and add an extra layer of protection above basic locks. You may also consider some of the safety film that goes over windows and makes them almost impossible to break. Thirdly, and I know I say this all the time, Get A Dog. Bad guys hate dogs just as much as dogs hate bad guys. It’s a match made in heaven…