Replace your doors with some that are solid wood or metal. These doors hold. Few people can kick down such a door. It’s relatively inexpensive to get new exterior doors for your home. Inquire about various contract lengths which your security company might offer. There are usually pros and cons in each contract. Longer contracts may offer more affordable monthly payments; however, it may be hard to cancel that contract should you decide to change services or sell your house. A shorter contract gives you more freedom, but it may cost you more per month. Make it blatantly apparent that your home has an alarm system installed. A yard sign or window decal, as well as sound alarms, can be effective at preventing someone from breaking in. If they realize this after entering the house, they still might steal.
Check someone’s references carefully before letting them come into your home. It wouldn’t hurt to also perform a background check. You never really know if you can trust a service person, and giving access to the wrong one can prove disastrous. Don’t have spring latch locks installed. They give intruders and easy time breaking in, since they can be unlocked with a credit card. Intruders can just wedge the credit card in between the latch and the door, causing it to open. If your doors sport spring latch locks, add deadbolts to beef up security. Do not purchase spring latch locks. Just one credit card can get a burglar access to your home. A card can be placed between the latch and the door, and this will open it. Put in a deadbolt for more security if your doors already contain spring latch locks.
Criminals can be unpredictable, so it’s difficult to tell whether your residence may be a burglar’s target. Don’t just cross your fingers and hope. Take a proactive stance on home security. Remember what you have learned, and do some research on your own so as to protect your family. See if your local police department offers any home inspection or other protection programs. Many police departments will offer expert advice, arrange inspections, sponsor neighborhood watches, and help you mark and register your valuables. If your police department does not offer these programs, find a private security company.