Home Protection Strategies
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Install window locks or drill holes from one sash into the next and put headless nails in the holes. The nails may be easily removed from inside, but not from the outside.
Use steel doors whenever possible. Ensure doorframe is securely attached to the house framing. The door may resist breaking but the frame may give way.
Reinforce your bedroom door with a secure lock to slow down an intruder.
If someone says he or she is in trouble, offer to phone but do not let the person inside. Keep the person locked out and watch from your window or have another family member watch while you call.
For females, when you record a message on your answering machine have a male friend or neighbor man talk in the background, or borrow a dog to bark in the background so you do not appear to be alone or have a male record the message.
Do not keep large amounts of cash in your home.
Position all valuables, such as painting, antiques, and collections, where they may not be easily seen through windows or doors.
Contrary to popular belief closed drapes and shades are a sign of an unoccupied home, so leave them open.
Dry uncut grass signals you are away. Have someone water and mow the lawn. Also, make sure snow and ice are cleared from walks, steps, and drive.
Put peepholes in all doors to the outside, preferably, the wide-angle ones that let you see the outside without putting your eye up to the lens. Use door blocks that prevent the door from being pushed open with you open it. Safety chains are useless and give people a false sense of security. Also, do not leave notes on the door, it is an invitation the burglar and can be seen from the street.
Do not hide house key under a doormat, on ledge or under a rock or flowerpot. Burglars look there first. Do not keep a house key on your ignition key ring. If your car is taken with the keys and the house key is on the key ring, the vehicle registration will tell the criminal where you live and you will not be safe at home.