Burglar proofing your house is not just about the installation of an alarm system, automated vehicle gate, and movement detection lights. It is also about making the house unattractive for burglars and providing security for you and your loved ones.
Invest in Security Gates & Doors
The first step should be to make it as difficult as possible for the burglar to enter through perimeter doors. You can do so by installing high quality retractable or roll down security gates and doors. The roll-down gates are perfect for the veranda area where you will need to secure a large area with an extra strong gate. Once rolled up it will be out of sight and at night or when you are away, you can roll it down. Many home owners now even barbeque on their verandas with the security gate closed.
For the front, side and back doors install retractable, concertina security doors with slam-lock and deadlock systems. Should you need to run into the house to get away from an attacker you can slam the door closed in an instant. It is lightweight, yet, sturdy, and meant to keep burglars out.
You can also install a double retractable door system. Install one at the start of the patio and one at the front door. This will make it safer to open your front door as the criminals will have to get through to barriers if they want to get in.
Install retractable window security bars which can be locked at night or when you are not using a specific part of the house. Also install a security door at each of the rooms and one in the hallway. Faced with too many barriers to get through when you are not there, the burglars often decide to leave. In other instances, it takes them too long to get through and gives the security company time to respond.
The interior doors are also important to protect your loved ones at night since reports show that more than 50% of burglaries take place while people are in the house. Rather than getting an unpleasant wake-up call and facing an armed robber, take pro-active steps to secure the sleeping area.
Other steps you can take for burglar proofing your house in addition to security gates are:
- Install motion detection lights which can be used to light up the area where a burglar is and thus make it easier for you to identify an intruder.
- Connect the security gates with an alarm system, which can be switched on at night and thus warn you when someone tampers with the doors.
- Place the remote battery type window smash alarms on each of the large windows. Even if the power is cut, the alarms will still sound if someone opens a window or tries to break it.
- Trim hedges and scrubs where burglars can hide.
- Don’t follow set routines. Criminals often watch a house for a week or so to determine your specific routine and weak spots. It must appear as if the house is always occupied and also secured.
- Invest in man’s best friend. A dog is loyal and will help to sound the alarm if someone is in the house or in the garden.
- Invest in double and deadlock systems for all the perimeter doors.
- Store extra key sets in a safe as to avoid theft of the keys by someone who has access to your house.
- Fit spacers an all sliding doors to prevent the burglars from lifting the doors off their tracks.
- Keep all outbuildings locked to prevent burglars from hiding there.
It comes down to being prepared. Follow the above tips for burglar proofing your home and give us a call to learn how you can effectively place a strong barrier between you and a burglar with our security doors.