Improving A Homes Security

Home SecurityThe Uniform Crime Report from the FBI notes that just a few years ago, burglary occurred every 14.6 seconds in the United States. Whether you live in a bustling city like Chicago or New York, a slow-paced suburb or quiet rural area, criminals can strike anywhere, anytime. According to the Washington Post, the average burglar is alarmingly not a professional, but rather a male teen who lives within a few miles of your home. You must be vigilant and do all that you can to prevent your family from falling victim to the next crime. Here are some quick and easy home improvement projects to boost your home security by the end of the weekend:

Reinforce Exterior Doors

The Washington Post notes that 34 percent of thieves gain entry through the front door of homes, so evaluate the integrity of your door to ensure that it cannot easily be kicked in. The experts at Consumer Reports tested the durability of a variety of doors and found that whether the door was solid wood, fiberglass or steel, what mattered most was the strength of the lock’s strike plate. Consumer Reports security experts found that nearly all doors can be kicked in when the doorjamb eventually splits near the strike plate.

To prevent this from happening at your home, reinforce the strike plate by getting a metal strike plate box and a deadbolt lock that’s at least one inch long. For added stability, install it using extra-long, 3-inch screws to mount everything in place to the door framing. Do the same for all exterior doors in your home.

Install a DIY Alarm System

Don’t have an alarm system? Just installing a security system and prominently displaying the signage around your property can be enough to make burglars move onto the next house. According to LifeShield, homes with security systems are three times less likely to be targeted by criminals than homes without an alarm system. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a state-of-the-art system. A do-it-yourself alarm system can be equally as effective for a fraction of the cost. Most DIY alarms can be installed in an hour or two with a few basic tools.

Upgrade Locks

All exterior doors in your home should have at least two locks, including one deadbolt that’s at least an inch in length. Consumer Reports tested a wide array of locks and found that low-profile locks from Emteck and Weslock were secure and affordable at $45 and $36, respectively. If you feel the need to splurge for a high-security lock, Medeco’s products are dependable and drill-resistant.

Add More Landscape Lighting

A dark yard makes a house an easy target for burglars, offering a safe haven in the shadows where they can sneak around unseen while trying to break in through the door or a window. Strategically place motion-sensor lights throughout your yard to deter criminals. Install the brightest bulbs that your fixtures can handle for maximum effectiveness. Don’t use compact fluorescent bulbs. They take too long to warm up and reach their full brightness.

In summary there are a number of things you can do to improve your homes security. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to doing the necessary improvements to make your place as safe as it can be!

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