There is no such thing as a home that is fully burglar-proof, but there is also no such thing as burglars who have the skills of Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible. With the right security in place, you can get your home almost burglar-proof.
When most people think of security, they only think of a few devices, and though they are great to have, they don’t protect you fully. Yes, you might have fake looking cameras that deter thieves, but what about those who try to get in anyway. Kicking the door in, which is an easy way a criminal gets into a locked home, can still be done. The only thing separating a burglar from getting in through a locked door is half inch pine molding. A 12 year old boy can kick in a door easy enough. You need to beef up your doors.
Here are some door reinforcement devices that can help:
- Deadbolt/door knob wraps – these strengthen the immediate area around the lock
- Door bar jammer – fits snuggly under the doorknob
- Door brace – device that makes it more difficult to kick a door down
- Door frame reinforcement – installed on the door jamb and made of steel
You can also use commercial kits like the Door Devil. This is a kit that contains a device made of heavy steel. It is installed over the door jamb, and is screwed directly into the frame. The system is easy to install, and it will add another level of protection to your home. When you combine this with other types of security, such as motion detection lights, surveillance cameras, and a security system, it will be very difficult for burglars to enter.
Here are some more general tips to keep your home more secure than ever before:
- Always keep your doors locked. Keep them locked when you are home and even during the day.
- Always keep your windows locked. This includes those on the second floor. A burglar can certainly climb.
- Keep the blinds and curtains closed. This helps to ensure that no one can look into your home to check out your valuables.
- Use top-flight locks and door reinforcements.
- Install security films on your windows. These will help to give the panes strength and will prevent penetrating objects from coming in, such as crow bars and baseball bats.
- Collect your mail and newspapers as soon as possible when they arrive.
- Give your home that ‘lived-in’ look with a system for home automation turning lights on and off.
- Place men’s work boots at the front or back door and make sure they look worn and scuffed. If you park your car out in the drive, place men’s gloves on the dash. If burglars see this, they will think twice as they will believe there is a large man in the home.
- Place a large dog bowl by the door, and make sure to make it look realistic. Add chewed up dog toys or a leash to the area, too.
- Make sure to trim shrubs that are hiding home entry points.
- Go to Google News. Type in your city and state along with the phrase “door kicked in.” You will likely be shocked by what you find. This will be more motivation to protect yourself.
- Make the investment into a beefy home security system. The best systems offer full alarm and police station monitoring along with cameras providing a clear view of what is happening in your home when you aren’t there. You can watch right on your mobile device.
Robert Siciliano personal security and identity theft expert and speaker is the author of Identity Theft Privacy: Security Protection and Fraud Prevention: Your Guide to Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft and Computer Fraud. See him knock’em dead in this Security Awareness Training video