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How To Keep Your Residence Secure

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At the most basic level, making your home more secure is preventing a would-be burglar from entering your home. This can be accomplished by following a few basic rules and by employing residential security solutions that are effective and realistic.

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Exterior Door

Exterior doors are the most used point of entry for burglars. There are several points of potential weakness on a typical door such as: the handle and lock set, hinges and their mounting screws, strength of the door itself, and the door jamb or frame. Sliding patio doors and French doors present a whole new set of weaknesses. Here are some suggestions on how to make your doors a safer barrier.

Don’t rely on the spring-latch lock on your door handle. These locks are easy to compromise. Incorporate a sturdy deadbolt lock. Install door armor kits on exterior doors to help prevent burglars from taking advantage of the weakest parts of your door. These kits usually include 3” screws to replace short screws that come with door hardware, hefty strike plates for handles and deadbolts, and metal framing to place around the hinge and handle/lock hardware. Add auxiliary locks to sliding doors. Options include loop locks, security bars, or a vertical bolt locks. Security bars are sometimes known as sliding door polls or charlie bars.

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Secure the Windows

Windows can be easily secured. There are numerous window security solutions for new and old windows that increase effectiveness at keeping out intruders. If you’re in the market to replace your windows, here are some key suggestions.

Look for reinforced glass or acrylic windows. Reinforced (tempered or laminated) glass and acrylic (polycarbonate) are much harder to break than traditional glass windows. This can help deter criminals from continuing an intrusion after they attempt to break your windows.

Multiple panes of glass are better than one large pane. Multiple glass panes provide added strength and durability to repel break-in attempts.

Garage Doors

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Garage door security is often overlooked by homeowners. While breaking into a garage via the garage door seems unlikely, the truth is it can be done quickly. The worst part about attached garage break-ins is that criminals can shut the garage door behind them and take their time breaking into your home without worrying about being seen. Here are some strategies to help prevent garage break-ins.

Don’t leave garage door openers in your vehicles. It might seem inconvenient to bring them in each night, but the inconvenience is well worth it by saving you the time and trouble of replacing your belongings. Help secure your garage door emergency release to prevent easy intruder access. This can be done by either fastening it with a zip tie (which can be broken by yanking the release cord) or by placing a barrier between the top of the door and the release.

Use a garage door sensor to remotely alert you when your garage door has opened. Some newer garage door openers have this feature built-in as well as an auto-closing feature that will close your garage door when it has been open for too long.

Make Your Home Look Occupied

Whether you are home or away, it is best to make it look as though someone is home. Having an intruder invade your home is terrifying and traumatic. Here are a few tips that will help make your home look active whether you are there or not.

Make you home look occupied by having lamps on a timer. Strategically placing lights throughout the house on timers gives the appearance that people are using different rooms. Leave a television or radio on at moderate volume. Noise is a great way to make criminals think you’re home. Televisions do a good job of creating light and mimicking activity. Don’t close all your curtains and blinds. If you are using timed lights or a television to cast light, it’s good to leave a few open. Open curtains also allow the police (or a helpful neighbor) to see inside your home should the need arise.

So, when you need an expert to help you with it, call Access Control Bay Area.

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