Home Security Resources

8 Steps To Better Home Security
This informative article lays out eight simple and concrete steps you can take right now to help insure the safety of your home and your family. Steps include such things as making sure that your home always appears occupied, even when it's not. Several specific things you must do to keep your home appearing occupied are included, such as making certain mail and newspapers don't pile up and leaving the TV or radio on loud enough to be heard at the front door. Additional ideas for keeping you and your home and family safe include creating a perimeter fence around your property, making sure all entrances are well lit, installing deadbolts and peepholes in doors, securing all windows and other entrances, such as through garages. Finally they suggest that you consider installing an alarm system and that you keep a list of all your valuables just in case all of your other measures have proven innefective.

Keeping Your Home Safe While You're on Vacation
Vacations are great for the family. They allow everyone to unwind and relax in a different environment, and possibly even learn something at the same time. But vacations also leave your home vulnerable to burglaries. It's no co-incidence that most vacations take place in August and that August is also the month with the most home burglaries. Did you know that more than one out of every four burglaries does not involve forced entry? The thief simply walks in through an unlocked door or climbs in through an open window. One of your first lines of defense against home burglaries is to lock your doors and windows, even if you're only planning to be gone for five minutes. According to the Insurance Information Institute, nine out of 10 home burglaries could be prevented if all homeowners followed the precautions outlined in this article.

Training Dogs for Personal Security
This is an introductory guide to dogs and personal security for people who'd be willing to welcome a dog as family member. One of the best deterrents to a home break-in is a companion with superhuman abilities (i.e., hearing and smell far beyond what you're capable of), who cares unselfishly and will put themselves in danger for your welfare and adores you even after others reject you. Any dog will do. The size or breed or temperament of the dog is not so important. What is important is how vocal the dog is. Thieves prefer quiet. They want to get into and out of a place quickly and with no noise. A barking dog, even a small dog if it makes enough noise, is enough to cause most burglars to choose an easier target. Even a sociable dog, a dog that would help a burglar carry a TV out of the house can still be a deterrent simply by its presence. Since a burglar can't be sure ahead of time if a dog is friendly or not, the chance is simply too great if a dog is present at all. Most burglars look for the easiest target, and a dog tends to complicate matters. One of the best security measures you can have is simply a prominent sign that says: Beware of Dog. This quite is quite detailed, and provided information for choosing a dog and getting them ready for protecting your home.

How to Burglarproof Your Home for a Long Trip Away
When you’re going on a vacation or extended trip, you want to make sure your home doesn’t look like you’re not there. This article on eHow provides guidelines that follow recommendations of the FBI, the National Crime Prevention Council and the Maryland Crime Watch. Tips include not putting messages on your door or answering machine about your absence, calling on a trusted friend or neighbor to collect your mail and newspapers, and see that your shrubbery and lawn care is maintained, occasionally have your neighbor put a full garbage can in front of your house on garbage collection day, and giving your neighbor the local police number, as well as your contact information.


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