How to Make Your Home Secure from Burglary and Break-In

Unlocking a deadbolt lock on an entry door.

By following these simple DIY home security suggestions, you can greatly reduce the chance that your home will be subject to burglary or break-in while you are at home or away.

Home Security Tips

    • Do not hide a key outside your home.
    • Install motion sensor flood lights around the outside of your home.
    • Trim overgrown shrubs and trees that are near windows and doors.
    • Install sturdy locks on windows.
    • Keep windows closed and locked when you’re away from home.

Combination keypad lock

    • Add a track lock to sliding glass doors, or place a pipe or board in the track to prevent the door from being forced open.
    • Install quality deadbolts on all the exterior doors of your home. Programmable combination keypad locks are available that allow access without a key.
    • Install a viewer (peephole) in your front door, or a video monitoring system.
    • Make sure garage doors lock securely.
    • Keep sheds, boats, and equipment stored in your yard under lock and key.
    • Install a quality safe that is bolted to the wall or floor.
    • Do not open your door to someone you don’t know.
  • Install a home alarm system. Inexpensive DIY models that use wireless technology are available, as well as professionally installed systems that require a monthly fee.

Security Tips When Away from Home

          Home alarm system

    • Have a neighbor pick up your newspapers and mail, or call or go online to stop delivery.
    • Remember to set the alarm system before you leave home.
    • Leave a radio playing while away.
    • Use timers to turn lamp lamps on and off.
    • Check to see that all windows and doors are securely locked.
    • Close all blinds or drapes.
  • Do not leave a message on your answering machine message indicating that you will not be home.

Video Surveillance Systems

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The latest advances in home security are mobile video surveillance systems, which employ video cameras linked to computer software to monitor your home or business while you’re away.

When the system detects a preprogrammed event (like a package being delivered to your home or movement caused by a person inside your home), it sends an alert to your smart phone or an e-mail to your computer.

The video feed can then be viewed live on your cell phone or computer to see if the situation requires further attention.

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  1. So many experts seem to fogret one thing: the weakest parts of the door organize are the tiny screws on the strike plate(s) and the door hinges. It’s honestly simple for the average-sized burglar to kick in a deadbolted door- the metal bolt simply shatters the lightweight wood of the door jamb when kicked in. Also, the door can be kicked in or pried baggy from the hinge side. Drive LONG SCREWS (at smallest amount 2 1/2 ) into the strikeplate and hinges to infiltrate the door studs and secure the door.

  2. These are some good tips on staying safe in your home. We need to get this out to more people in order for people to be secure in their own houses. Edna I’m impressed on your knowledge of locks, well done:).

  3. That’s a good idea to avoid leaving a message on your answering machine that your family is not home. There have been a few instances of theft in my neighborhood lately, so I have been considering installing some security screens on my windows. I think something like that along with other security measures like keeping the doors locked would help me to have a lot more peace of mind.


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