Protecting one’s home against criminals is a priority. Fortunately, securing your home has never been easier. An entire industry has been created in support of home security. Homeowners can choose from a full range of products to protect against everything from property crimes to carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you live in the city, burglary is probably one of your top concerns. FBI crime statistics dictate that 65.5% of all burglaries occur in residential properties. Burglars are more likely to hit city homes than businesses. It’s just that simple. So how do you protect your home? By installing a few key components.
Heavy-Duty Deadbolt Locks
Start with the locks on your doors. Factory installed handle locks won’t do much to keep out an experienced burglar. It only takes a well-placed kick to breach that kind of lock. A better choice is a heavy-duty deadbolt. If you can install double cylinder deadbolts, all the better. Locksmiths tend to carry these types of locks even if your local hardware store does not.
Wireless Video Cameras
Wireless video is a comparably new addition to the home security game. Prior to wireless systems, protecting a home with video surveillance required closed circuit TV (CCTV). Those days are over. Virtually anyone can now outfit a home with one or two wireless cameras.
Video surveillance helps to deter crime by providing evidence. Cameras capture images police investigators can use to track down perpetrators. The same images can be used to obtain a conviction in court. Criminals know that, so they think twice about hitting a home equipped with video surveillance.
Block Windows for the Basement
Front and rear doors tend to be the most common entry points for criminals. They are followed by first floor windows. In the city, it’s not uncommon for homes with basements to offer criminals easy access by way single panes. A swift kick can penetrate a basement window as easily as the front door.
An effective solution to this problem is replacing single pane windows with block windows. Block windows are made with thick blocks of glass that no criminal put a foot through. As an added bonus, they prevent people from looking into your basement.
A few key security strategies can make any home safer. The goal is to deter crime by making it more difficult for criminals to do what they do. Each of the three strategies in this post certainly fits the bill.