Lots of people are careless about locking their homes. Many criminals pick their victims by looking at what home is easy to break into. Below are some suggestions to deter this type of crime.
Print out this form now and go through your own home or apartment. Your life may depend on it.
Home Security Assessment
_____ _____Sturdy entry doors
_____ _____All exterior locks are deadbolts into the stud
_____ _____Locks re-keyed if lost or stolen
_____ _____Entry lights
_____ _____Use of timer, so home is lit in evening
_____ _____Motion detector
_____ _____Windows - working locks
_____ _____Dowels, locks or nails to stop outside entry through windows
_____ _____ Screens, add security
_____ _____ Double secure basement windows
_____ _____Curtains or blinds to block direct view
_____ _____ Secure entry through garage
_____ _____ Garage door opener - out of sight
_____ _____ Lighted parking area
_____ _____ Join Neighborhood Watch
_____ _____ Secure garage entry
_____ _____ Remove exterior identification of female occupant
_____ _____ Trim bushes or shrubs
_____ _____ Phone
_____ _____ Security decals, warning of alarm or dog
_____ _____ Dog
_____ _____ Mace or pepper spray
_____ _____ Sound alarm
_____ ____ Flashlight
Locksmiths will install two deadbolts and a peephole for about $85.
Dowels to put in the sliding tray of a patio door and most windows cost about $.50 .
Each dowel can be cut to fit with a table knife.
You may want to paint the dowel the color of the tray and add a string or tape around the center for easy removal.
Security sprays, decals, and alarms are available from Radio Shack, KMart and similar stores.