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Top 10 Ways to Protect Yourself from Home Burglary
Tips for deterring burglars from entering your home and also stopping them from getting past its exterior if they try to force their way inside your home include: install a home security system with a loud alarm, install glass-breakage detectors on windows that will set off your alarm system; use home security doors with heavy-duty deadbolt locks and a strong strike plate; use infred motion detectors to pick up a burglars movement inside your home and set off your alarm system; install a home surveillance ssytem that uses both visible and hidden security cameras to monitor a burglar (good for providing to police afterwards); use alarm monitoring to connect your system to a central monitoring centers and alerts authoriites when your system is breeched; put up yard signs and window decals to let burglars know your home is protected with a monitored alarm system; install heavy curtains on your windows that conceal your possessions from burglars trying to look inside your home; and finally, participating in a neighborhood watch program is a good way to deter burglars and is helpful in getting neighbors to watch your home when you're away.

The MET's Home Security Tips
The Metropolitan Police Service (The MET) in London offers seven posts on how homes can be protected against theft. A post features a virtual house tour showing the areas that are vulnerable to robbery. There are separate articles with tips on how to protect the doors, windows, and gardens so that thieves cannot enter the house. One article discusses the different types of security alarm systems, while another one talks about providing proper lightings to intimidate robbers. Finally, there is a post dedicated to people who are managing or living in flats and apartments.

The Psychological Effects of Home Burglary
Writer Dave Kopec had written about home safety for years and tried to do everything he could to make his home safe from intrusion. But even the best measures can't keep a determined thief out -- or in this case three teenagers intent on finding a place to party and then vandalize. This article is written from a very personal perspective, discussing the real-life trauma and psychological devastation that can occur following a break-in. Often a break-in can cause loss of place attachment, which means the homeowner feels no connection to his or her home any longer and wishes nothing more than to sell. Mr. Kopec thought he had made his home safe from intruders. A six-foot wall along one side of his house with sharp diamond-shaped points on top, protected the utilities section of the home. However, this turned out to be his weakest point. The kids who broke into my home bent over the diamond points and then scaled the wall. Upon entering the utility area they proceeded to cut the telephone line and disable the electric, as well as compromise the watering system. Since most security services rely on a telephone call to warn of an intruder, the cut telephone cord rendered that aspect of my defenses useless. Additionally, the sirens associated with a compromised security system were also rendered ineffective because they were tied to the electricity. Hence, my first three lines of defense (neighbors, security service, and alarm) were all rendered ineffective. There are things that Mr. Kopec could have done differently and which might have protected his home more effectively. This article details many of those things. There is nothing better than first-hand knowledge. By reading this article you have a chance to get that knowledge without having to suffer the actual trauma of a break-in yourself.

Dogs and Personal Security
This is an introductory guide to dogs and personal security for people who'd be willing to welcome a dog as family member. One of the best deterrents to a home break-in is a companion with superhuman abilities (i.e., hearing and smell far beyond what you're capable of), who cares unselfishly and will put themselves in danger for your welfare and adores you even after others reject you. Any dog will do. The size or breed or temperament of the dog is not so important. What is important is how vocal the dog is. Thieves prefer quiet. They want to get into and out of a place quickly and with no noise. A barking dog, even a small dog if it makes enough noise, is enough to cause most burglars to choose an easier target. Even a sociable dog, a dog that would help a burglar carry a TV out of the house can still be a deterrent simply by its presence. Since a burglar can't be sure ahead of time if a dog is friendly or not, the chance is simply too great if a dog is present at all. Most burglars look for the easiest target, and a dog tends to complicate matters. One of the best security measures you can have is simply a prominent sign that says: Beware of Dog. This quite is quite detailed, and provided information for choosing a dog and getting them ready for protecting your home.

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