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Home Security Resources - 06

The Ultimate Door for Home Security
We don't usually offer resources that are product specific or directly commercial, but Master Security Doors is a worthwhile exception because they created the ultimate door for securing your family and property from intruders and even events of nature like storms, tornados and fires. While providing many different designs, as well as custom designs, Master Security Doors are based on galvanized steel in the door and frame construction, and ultra-strong locking systems that involve at least four deadbolts. As a video demonstration on the company's website shows, four strong guys with sledgehammers can't get through these doors. They make all kinds of doors, for residential, commercial, mining, government and military. They also make doors for hotels, offices, yachts, and classrooms, as well as motorized sliding and pocket doors. They make invisible doors, secret bookcases and biometric doors. They also make window systems and store-front systems.

How to Burglarproof Your Home for a Long Trip Away
When you’re going on a vacation or extended trip, you want to make sure your home doesn’t look like you’re not there. This article on eHow provides guidelines that follow recommendations of the FBI, the National Crime Prevention Council and the Maryland Crime Watch. Tips include not putting messages on your door or answering machine about your absence, calling on a trusted friend or neighbor to collect your mail and newspapers, and see that your shrubbery and lawn care is maintained, occasionally have your neighbor put a full garbage can in front of your house on garbage collection day, and giving your neighbor the local police number, as well as your contact information.

Home Security Tips from a Former Burglar
This article from Reader's Digest magazine details burglary tricks of the trade straight from the mouth of a former burglar. The writer says that he is often invited in and has probably met you last week when he came to your door offering to patch your roof or clear your gutters, and it didn't take him long to see where you keep your keys. Three times out of 10 he gets in through an unlocked door or open window. He recommends gravel drives so that you hear him coming a mile off. He also says that neighborhood watch stickers work, as do signs saying that your property is marked. A sign saying Beware of Dog is also effective. He offers that you shouldn't allow graffiti on your gate, as it suggests you're vulnerable. The most salient point, perhaps, is that your privacy is his perfect opportunity. Trees, high fences and a solid gate protect him from being seen when he gets inside. A good way to keep him out is with security lights and wrought iron gates. Finally, he's familiar with fake soup cans and other secret hiding places. He recommends that if you want to keep you money safe, keep it in a bank.

Security Tips by Admiral in the UK
You'd expect a home insurance company to know a thing or two about home security. After all, it is in the insurance company's best interest for your home not to be broken into. However, as this article points out, it's also in the homeowner's best interest as well, so an article such as this is a win/win for everyone -- except the burglar. According to this article, outside doors are you first line of defense against burglars and need to be fitted with top-rated deadbolt locks. Sliding door needs to be fitting with locking devices to prevent them from being lifted out of their tracks. Windows need to be fitted with key locks as well. Never leave spare keys in hiding places outside the house. These are almost always easy for professional thieves to find. If you must have a spare key, leave it with a neighbor. Don't make it obvious that you're away. Cancel mail and newspapers and use lighting devices that will randomly turn lights on and off inside the house. Make a detailed inventory of your valuables, complete with serial numbers, and join a neighborhood watch. These are just some of the ideas and advice in this helpful article. The psychological aftermath of a home burglary can be devastating, so take precautions before a burglary takes place.

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