For a More Secure Home

Detailed Home Security Tips from Louisville Metro Police
The Louisville Metro Police Department provides a detailed list of tips on how homeowners can protect their homes from burglars. First, the article gives advices on how to make sure that house alarms will work properly. Dog owners are also reminded on how to use dogs for home security. The post includes recommendations on how the crucial parts of a home (such as doors, windows, and fences) should be kept secured, especially if no one is at home. Finally, there are tips on how homeowners can help the police catch house robbers before they can escape.

An Ex-Burglar's Take on Home Security
Let a former burglar give you the low-down on home burglaries from the criminal's point of view. This is an eye-opening interview with a (former) professional in the B&E (Breaking and Entering) trade in the United Kingdom: Michael Fraser,a whom the author invited to case her home and assess how easy it would be to break in. Fraser is quite well known and consults for companies and gives his advice on home security. Some tips from various sources: Dogs are a deterent, and house alarms will keep some burglars away, but alarms don't scare off many because it takes the police anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to respond to an alarm and a professional B&E man is in and out of your house in 5 minutes. Most burglaries do not take place at night, but take place during the day, when people are not home. In fact, the majority of burglaries take place between 9 a.m. and noon. Learn what burglars look for when they choose a house to rob, and what you can do to make your home less inviting. The number one thing you can do to keep crooks out, according to this former burglar, is simply lock your doors and windows. Bathroom and kitchen windows are the ones most often left unlocked. Make sure all of your doors have deadbolts. A regular door lock is considered a joke by professional burglars, but a good deadbolt makes your home a difficult target, and most home burglars are looking for easy targets. There are 7 major steps you can take to protect your home and property from break-ins, according to this former felon; if you want to learn them all then I suggest you check out this site before you leave home again.

How Homeowners Can Protect Their Vacant Homes from Theft
This post at is dedicated to homeowners who have vacant properties and how they can protect them robbery. According to the post, there are three major crimes that can happen in a vacant house. First is when robbers make a force entry and steal all the valuable items, including pipes and copper wire. The second crime is when it is used as a drug den, and third, when it is filled with vandalism or intentionally burned. The article also mentions some security challenges that homeowners can face. On the latter part, the post offers 10 useful security tips to make sure that a vacant home is safe from robbers.

Security Tips by Admiral in the UK
You'd expect a home insurance company to know a thing or two about home security. After all, it is in the insurance company's best interest for your home not to be broken into. However, as this article points out, it's also in the homeowner's best interest as well, so an article such as this is a win/win for everyone -- except the burglar. According to this article, outside doors are you first line of defense against burglars and need to be fitted with top-rated deadbolt locks. Sliding door needs to be fitting with locking devices to prevent them from being lifted out of their tracks. Windows need to be fitted with key locks as well. Never leave spare keys in hiding places outside the house. These are almost always easy for professional thieves to find. If you must have a spare key, leave it with a neighbor. Don't make it obvious that you're away. Cancel mail and newspapers and use lighting devices that will randomly turn lights on and off inside the house. Make a detailed inventory of your valuables, complete with serial numbers, and join a neighborhood watch. These are just some of the ideas and advice in this helpful article. The psychological aftermath of a home burglary can be devastating, so take precautions before a burglary takes place.

Articles for Moms: 15 No-Cost Ways to Protect Your Home and Family!
This article references the Dept. of Justice that an American home is burglarized every eight seconds and that three out of four homes will be burglarized over the next two decades. It provides 15 ways to protect your home and family so you don't become a statistic. The guidelines include securing doors and windows, not leaving notes on the door, leaving lighting on, keeping your garage door opener in a locked car, joining a neighborhood watch group, unlisting your home address in the phone book, keeping emergency numbers handy, keeping valuables out of sight when company visits, never opening your door to a stranger, keeping personal areas of your home off limits to strangers, never giving your keys out to strangers, never give out personal information to strangers who call you on the phone, and more. These are common sense home safety tips that work.

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