Upgrade your locks to high security locks. Bump-Proof locks, Medeco locks and others like these are worth the investment. Most household locks are simple to bypass.
At the very least you should install longer screws into your door jambs and hinges, preferably 3″ screws.
Have a spare key hidden in an uncommon place outside your home or better yet, with a neighbor.
Get a security alarm with interior motion detectors and set the alarm when you’re at home (obviously not the interior motion detector). Criminals rely on an alarm not being set while someone is home and awake.
Insure your alarm is monitored and will continue to work in the event you lose power in a storm or it happens to be neutralized. Look into cellular monitoring.
Have a secondary alarm keypad in your master bedroom that can be used to sound a panic alarm or quickly access alarm controls.
Have a plan for your family or roommates in your home in the event of a home invasion. Talk it over and know what each person’s responsibilities are. That plan should include ways to escape the home if necessary.
Consider a safe room as a rally point where you have the ability to protect yourself and call the police. Stash a spare cell phone here.
Keep your cell phone by the bed ready for you or another person to call 911.
Keep multiple weapons in places that you’ll likely be taken to in an invasion. Obviously you need to be aware of leaving weapons where children can get to them.
Have a loaded gun mounted inside the door to your safe. If you’re forced to open it, you’ll be able to give that criminal more than your valuables.
Get a dog. A barking dog will bring unwanted attention to a potential burglar, but don’t rely on your dog to attack a criminal unless trained to.
Change alarm codes often and when you have to distribute a spare key, make it to a specific (differently keyed) door in case a key is lost you’ll just have to replace one lock.
Record serial numbers of expensive items and have backups of your computer off-site using Mozy, Carbonite or in the cloud somehow.
Mark and engrave your property with your driver’s license number (not social) to aid in returning your stolen property or discourage theft in the first place.
Discuss the importance of home security with everyone, it only takes one person to forget to lock a door or window.
Bolt down safes, filing cabinets and lock up expensive items like bikes and four-wheelers.
Buy a gun and seek proper training on how to use it. Become proficient and know it’s limitations.
Get a concealed carry permit if allowed in your state. Always carry!
Don’t open carry if allowed. Why show all your cards if you have the option of concealed carry?
Use PERSEC (personal security) when discussing anything outside of your circle of trust, don’t reveal personal details to anyone who doesn’t need to know. That includes over the Internet and Facebook!
Letting people know when you’re away from home over Twitter and Facebook is just plain stupid.
Log all property into a trusted system with serial numbers, photos and even video that is stored off-site.
Author:Ashley Oakes-Lazosky Phone: 702-281-1198 Dated: November 13th 2015 Views: 134 About Ashley: I am a licensed real estate broker and I own and operate my own real estate company, called Vegas Ho...
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