Home Security Tips

This morning, I read a blog post on home security by Lou Manfredini and really liked his “common sense” ideas. (Click here to see his tips for a safe home.) This topic interests us because we regularly receive calls to help with damaged doors like the one pictured here.

Most break-ins are through windows and doors which you can discourage taking these steps:

  • Lock your windows and doors – simple, easy. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 40 percent of annual household burglaries, the thief simply walked, climbed or crawled into the house.
  • Add dead bolts to your entry doors. And place your extra key out of sight!
  • If you have a hollow wood exterior door, replace it with a solid door. Those hollow doors are fragile and easy to destroy.
  • When you replace your door, add a steel reinforcement plate behind the door frame (jamb) at the lock area.
  • Old sliding doors/windows have inadequate locks. Place a wood dowel rod or two-by-four on the inside track to stop the slide.  Size the rod or 2×4 to just fit into the track area.

These are just a few of our suggestions. If you have any ideas, post your thoughts on our Facebook or Twitter pages  If you have any questions, call us at 896-1717.

And be safe!