Keep Your Home Secure

It’s difficult to protect your home from professional thieves, but most home burglaries are done by amateurs – who are more easily thwarted by simple security precautions:

 

  • Change all locks after moving into a new house.
  • If you lose house keys, immediately change the locks.
  • If possible, leave a spare key with a neighbor rather than hiding one outside. 
  • Close all windows and lock back doors before leaving.
  • Replace weak or damaged glass window panels on doors with sturdier, laminate-glass versions.
  • Utilize hinge bolts as an inexpensive solution to strengthen vulnerable doors.  Burglar-proof your home by installing 1-inch throw deadbolt locks on exterior doors.
  • Fit appropriate locks to the top & bottom of patio doors that don't already have a multi-locking system.  Burglar-proof glass patio doors by setting a pipe or metal bar in the middle, bottom track of the door slide.  The pipe should be the same length as the track.
  • Secure side passageways by inserting a high, lockable gate to prevent thieves from entering the house through the back garden.
  • Gravel is a cheap security measure.  The crunching noise makes it difficult for thieves to sneak around outside.
  • Exterior security lights activated by motion sensors deter intruders.
  • Solid wooden fences around a garden are easy to scale.  Try attaching trellising to fence top or replacing wooden fences with wrought iron gates.
  • Thick, spiky hedges or a climbing rose around a wrought iron gate are attractive and effective barriers to entry. 
  • Never allow strangers to enter your home!  Beware of anyone asking to use a phone or bathroom.  Use peepholes, door viewfinders, and door chains to see callers without having to completely open the door.
  • Always keep front & back doors locked, even when home.
  • Make sure the back door is locked when answering the front door to a strange caller – an accomplice may try to sneak in while you're being distracted.
  • If your plans to be away from home have been publicized through a funeral, wedding or similar newspaper notice, hire a house sitter.  Burglars read newspapers to find easy targets.
  • Your house should appear occupied at all times.  When leaving for lengthy periods, cancel mail & newspaper deliveries.  Set timers on lights & radios so it appears that you are home.
  • When away from home for several days (or just one day), adjust the telephone ringer to its lowest volume.  An unanswered phone is a quick tip that a home is empty.

For more information, check out Keeping Your Home Safe.

It’s difficult to protect your home from professional thieves, but most home burglaries are done by amateurs – who are more easily thwarted by simple security precautions:

 

  • Change all locks after moving into a new house.
  • If you lose house keys, immediately change the locks.
  • If possible, leave a spare key with a neighbor rather than hiding one outside. 
  • Close all windows and lock back doors before leaving.
  • Replace weak or damaged glass window panels on doors with sturdier, laminate-glass versions.
  • Utilize hinge bolts as an inexpensive solution to strengthen vulnerable doors.  Burglar-proof your home by installing 1-inch throw deadbolt locks on exterior doors.
  • Fit appropriate locks to the top & bottom of patio doors that don't already have a multi-locking system.  Burglar-proof glass patio doors by setting a pipe or metal bar in the middle, bottom track of the door slide.  The pipe should be the same length as the track.
  • Secure side passageways by inserting a high, lockable gate to prevent thieves from entering the house through the back garden.
  • Gravel is a cheap security measure.  The crunching noise makes it difficult for thieves to sneak around outside.
  • Exterior security lights activated by motion sensors deter intruders.
  • Solid wooden fences around a garden are easy to scale.  Try attaching trellising to fence top or replacing wooden fences with wrought iron gates.
  • Thick, spiky hedges or a climbing rose around a wrought iron gate are attractive and effective barriers to entry. 
  • Never allow strangers to enter your home!  Beware of anyone asking to use a phone or bathroom.  Use peepholes, door viewfinders, and door chains to see callers without having to completely open the door.
  • Always keep front & back doors locked, even when home.
  • Make sure the back door is locked when answering the front door to a strange caller – an accomplice may try to sneak in while you're being distracted.
  • If your plans to be away from home have been publicized through a funeral, wedding or similar newspaper notice, hire a house sitter.  Burglars read newspapers to find easy targets.
  • Your house should appear occupied at all times.  When leaving for lengthy periods, cancel mail & newspaper deliveries.  Set timers on lights & radios so it appears that you are home.
  • When away from home for several days (or just one day), adjust the telephone ringer to its lowest volume.  An unanswered phone is a quick tip that a home is empty.

For more information, check out Keeping Your Home Safe.

 

Copyright © 2017 Capstone Mortgage Company, Inc.

  NMLS Company ID #1445; MA Broker License #MB1445


Copyright © 2017 Capstone Mortgage Company, Inc.

  NMLS Company ID #1445; MA Broker License #MB1445