Sample Resources for Home Security
Additional Home Security Measures That Homeowners Often Take for Granted
MaineHomeSecurity.com explains the importance of making sure that home security measures work. It suggests that homeowners should do everything so that people outside the house will not see the inside. According to the posts, a tall fence would make thieves think that there might be a guard dog inside. On the other hand, blinds and curtains can cover everything inside the house. People who moved in to another house are also advised to change the door locks. Additionally, an overfilled post office box also attracts thieves because they will think no one is inside the house.
The MET's Home Security Tips
The Metropolitan Police Service (The MET) in London offers seven posts on how homes can be protected against theft. A post features a virtual house tour showing the areas that are vulnerable to robbery. There are separate articles with tips on how to protect the doors, windows, and gardens so that thieves cannot enter the house. One article discusses the different types of security alarm systems, while another one talks about providing proper lightings to intimidate robbers. Finally, there is a post dedicated to people who are managing or living in flats and apartments.
Home Security Source
This site, Home Security Source by ADT, has a lot of tips concerning home safety. There are sections for the home, for parenting and the child (e.g., is your teen ready to baby sit?), concerning personal safety (e.g., avoid sexual assault, prevent medical errors in the emergency room, avoid mortgage and tax scams), and concerning burglary. You'll find advice for where to NEVER stash valuables, for keeping an inventory of your home, for protecting your residential keys, and for practical steps to take boefore instruders enter and how to prevent them from entering. Keep doors and windows locked, even if you only plan to be away for a few minutes. Most burglars can be in and out of your home in less than five minutes. Have new locks installed whenever you move into a new apartment or house; otherwise, there's no way of knowing who might have a key to your home. Remember to have dead bolts installed. Never hide a key under a flowerpot or anywhere else outside; crooks can find a hidden key in a matter of moments. Use a peephole in a door rather than open the door, even during the day, if you're not certain who is on the other side. Never tell a wrong number what your phone number is. Instead, ask them what number they intended to dial. Don't leave you house key with parking attendants, it is too easy for them to make a duplicate. These are just a few of the many tips this site has to keep your home or your apartment safe from crooks.
10 Things You Must Know for Home Security
This slide-show article on the DIY Network website details 10 tips of what you should and should not do to keep your home safe. Here's a summation: 1) Never rely on a knob lock; top locks and more secure and you also want a deadbolt; 2) make sure you have a heavy-duty; there's no point in having a heavy-duty lock on a light-duty door; 3) the best deadbolt is a deadlock with a throw bolt, which is a lock that shoots into the frame of the door; 4) a bark is as good as a bit; if you don't have a dog, you could get an alarm that barks like a dog; 5) motion sensors scare criminals, so install motion-detecting exterior floodlights; 6) watch your property wirelessly with an Internet-based camera system; 7) get and store your valuables in a safe (ground, wall and/or fire-resistant); 8) get a deadbolt on the interior as a secondary lock; put alarms on window and door locks; and 10) don't let your shrubs obstruct windows where burglars can hide.