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Home Security Resources - 05

How Homeowners Can Protect Their Vacant Homes from Theft
This post at Pro-Vigil.com is dedicated to homeowners who have vacant properties and how they can protect them robbery. According to the post, there are three major crimes that can happen in a vacant house. First is when robbers make a force entry and steal all the valuable items, including pipes and copper wire. The second crime is when it is used as a drug den, and third, when it is filled with vandalism or intentionally burned. The article also mentions some security challenges that homeowners can face. On the latter part, the post offers 10 useful security tips to make sure that a vacant home is safe from robbers.

Home Security Tips from the Police Themselves
Kent.Police.uk provides useful tips on how thieves can be prevented from entering a house. The article focuses on two different situations: when there are people inside the house and when everybody is away. This includes making sure that all doors and windows are properly locked and providing security devices such as alarms and reliable door locks. Kent Police also have strong recommendations on how to protect the surroundings of the house, such as checking if the fences are durable enough. When no one is at home, the authorities offer seven short but very important tips to make your home safe from burglars.

Apartment Security and Personal Protection
This website features apartment security articles, with apartment safety tips and ideas. Article topics include home invasion survival tips, apartment security design, security guards in apartment housing, premises liability for violent crime, apartment security overview and gated communities. Articles cover topics such as alarms, carjacking, alerting neighbors and burglar proofing your apartment. Because most burglaries occur during the day, itís important to adhere to the tips and remember that burglars are usually well dressed, and plan their crimes at night. Also on the site is a crime school video library that covers home security, personal protection (e.g., street crime prevention, assessing your personal safety out in public, how to prevent being attacked out in public, and self-defense weapons such as pepper spray), workplace violence, personal and family safety (e.g., home invasion robbery, strangers inside our home like repairmen), and family planning strategies.

Designing a Home Security System
Designing a home security system is easy by following the free tips presented in this article. The article makes the point that making your home secure isn't a matter of buying a certain product, but an overall strategy that combines locking the house tightly, eliminating the ways that intruders can conceal themselves on your property, and giving the appearance that you are home, whether you are or not. Offers diagrams and tips about how to secure your doors, use deadbolts for safety, add to the security of sliding windows by installing key locks in place of the standard sash locks, using flood lights for safety, installing low-voltage outdoor lighting, using a remote sensor light for outdoor lighting, using motion detectors, and installing modules into electrical sockets. The point is made that intruders are not the only problem. Your home security solution should also seek to prevent accidents on your property and make your home more convenient and comfortable.

Home Security Tips from Do It Yourself Network
This 20-minute video on DIY Network is an interesting presentation on the science of home security. It teaches you a burglar's tricks so that you can stay a step ahead. There are a lot of demonstrations to show rather than just tell in making points. For example, they demonstrate how easy it is to break window locks and smash windows to break into a home. They show how you can use a special film treatment on your windows that make them somewhat shatterproof and much harder to break through. And then there's a bar stop that serves as a backup to a single lock system on a window, which is not very secure. These are both inexpensive yet fairly effective and therefore good value for the money spent. If you can afford it, the best solution is windows with a higher-end casing, reinforced hinge, metal locks and a protective laminate baked into the glass. Burglars like to get in and out in less than 10 minutes. A home security system makes your home three times less likely to be broken into (it's good to have that (ADT sign in front of the house). An average system is about $300, though they range from $50 to thousands of dollars. Most motion detectors work off of passive infrared technology, which means look for both heat and motion. You can get motion detectors that won't be set off by your pet, or by an accidental breakage from something falling, yet will go off if a window is broken. The video offers other tips, such as take an inventory of what you have so you'll know what's been taken, engrave your valuables, and creating hiding places for them.

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