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Home Security Resources - 10

Protecting Your Home, from the City of Wilmington, Ohio
This is a very complete article by the City of Wilmington, Ohio. This site is designed to make your home and your family as safe as is humanly possible. Read the entire article or click on links which will speed you to specific topics within the major article. The specific topics include Controlling Access to your Property with specific recommendations for the types of outside doors to buy, the right peepholes, and the proper locks. Providing Visibility explains the importance of proper outdoor lighting. Maintaining Your Property discusses the importance of keeping your house and yard looking its best and free from trash and other things that could make your property look unattended and inviting to a burglar. Protecting Your Home and Property When You Are Away covers the use of timers for controlling lights, leaving TVs and radios on, etc. Helping the Police Get to Your Home includes making certain that your street number is visible and the best places for it to be, and the importance of leaving entry codes and other security information with your police department if you plan to be away. Finally there is Identifying Your Property, which explains the importance of keeping lists of your valuables and etching an identifying number on your possessions to help police in identifying them in the event a burglar is captured or tries to sell anything.

Home Security Advices from a Locksmith's Point of View
This article at LockSmiths.co.uk was written by Steffan George, the director of business development department of the Master Locksmiths Association. Here, George writes a list of simple but useful home security tips, especially when it comes to door locks. According to him, many thieves are smart so homeowners should consult a professional locksmith to inspect their doors. He notes that practicing good habits such as regular reviewing of the house exterior and not leaving important keys anywhere can help a lot. To make sure security alarms will not be bypassed, George recommends regular changing of its security codes.

Do's and Don'ts in Protecting a Home from Thieves
This article from HowStuffWorks.com does not only explain what to do to avoid home robbery but also what not to do. Among the to-do activities include regular checking of doors and windows. The post strongly suggests using an almost gap-free door with the hinges located inside the house, and not outside. To make windows more secured, screw heads for the lock are being advised to have solder drip so thieves will find it harder to unscrew it. For the don'ts, this includes not leaving a note for family members or anybody on the door and not putting your full name on the mail box. Such acts are considered hints for burglars.

Crime Doctor's Burglary Prevention Page
This site is written by Chris E. McGoey, also know as The Crime Doctor. Mr. McGoey begins his article by asking: Are you really safe once you get home and lock your door? Your home should be your castle, but is it? According to McGoey, burglary is the most common threat to your home. He quotes F.B.I. statistics as saying that a burglary occurs every 15.4 seconds in the U.S. The majority of burglaries occur during the daytime, when people are at school or away at work. The summer months have the most burglaries and February has the fewest. The majority of burglaries are committed by males under 25 years of age who are looking for small items that are easily converted into cash. How can you protect yourself and your family from this terrible crime? Start by getting good locks. This means dead bolts for all outside doors. Use a wide angle peephole and do not open the door to see who is there. What is the point of locking your door if all a burglar has to do is knock and you open the door for him? Put a wooden stick in the track of your sliding glass door. Use screws (partly unscrewed) to prevent the sliding door from being jimmied up out of its track. Burglars dislike alarm systems and barking dogs. There are dozens of additional hints, tips, tricks and pieces of advice for making homeowners and apartment dwellers feel more safe and secure within their castle walls.

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