Identifying Security Issues In Your Home

As a homeowner, you know that your house is likely your biggest investment and that you need to do everything possible to protect the integrity of your house and to secure the possessions that are inside of it. You also need to ensure that you are doing everything you can to protect the absolute most important things that cannot be replaced: your loved ones.

Identifying Security Issues In Your Home

This means that you want to ensure your home is safe and secure so that you aren’t at risk of a break in that could lead to the loss of your possessions or even to violence against you or a family member. There are a lot of security issues that could come up in your home and that could put you and your family at risk, so it is a good idea to take a safety inventory and identify security issues in your home that you need to address.

Identifying Security Issues In Your Home

No home is ever 100 percent safe from people who may want to do you harm, but there are a lot of ways that you can make your home as safe as it possibly can be.  By taking the time to identify security risks, you can significantly reduce the risk of a break-in that could jeopardize your family and your home.  Some of the different security issues that you should be on the lookout for include the following:

  • Shrubs that block your windows and doors.  Crime Reduction Canada indicates that “the more private an area is, the more likely it is to attract the attention of a criminal.” Crime Reduction Canada advises trimming trees and shrubs that are too near to potential entrances to your home, especially those that are near to basement windows where robbers could easily climb in under the cover of the shrubs and without being seen.
  • The absence of a security system. The fact is that a security system can have a major impact on whether you are at risk of a break-in or not as the system can deter criminals from even trying to get into your home. If you do become the victim of a break-in, the security system might scare away the perpetrator before he or she does any harm to you and your family, and can also help to ensure that there is a fast response.  ADT Security systems for your home provide round the clock monitoring so someone is always alerted right away if something goes wrong in your home.
  • Exterior doors without deadbolts. The Lea County Sheriff’s Office indicates that deadbolts are one of the things that can help you to secure your home and prevent criminals from coming in. According to the Lea County Sheriff’s Office, “Deadbolts should have a tapered or free spinning collar and a minimal bolt extension of 1 inch.”
  • Glass patio doors with easily accessible locks. A glass patio door could easily be broken and if the clock is too easy to turn on the other side, then someone could gain access to your home through the door.
  • Sliding glass doors that aren’t protected. It is very easy for a criminal to lift a sliding glass door outside of its locked position through the gap at the top of the screen. You should screws in place to prevent this from occurring.  You should also be sure to have either a security bar or a long stick (like a hockey stick, broom handle or piece of wood) in order to prevent the door from being slid open.  Sliding doors also typically have standard cast metal locking pins which are pretty week and easy to break. A security bar will stop the door from being pried open even if the lock does break.
  • Dark outdoor areas. You should be sure to have motion lights in the backyard and in other spots in your house that tend to be very dark and that would provide cover for a robber entering your home.
  • A garage door opener in an unlocked car. A lot of people leave their garage door openers in their cars in the driveway and then don’t lock the car or the door from the garage to the house. This could give a thief easy access to your home after he gets into your car.

These are just some of the many different security risks that could exist in your space and put you at risk of intruders. It is important to look carefully at your home to identify any potential security weaknesses that put you and your family in danger.

Tom Reynolds is a security expert. Having worked many years as a private detective, he understands the ins and outs of security in homes and elsewhere. Take his advice to make your area safe.

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