Your Home is Your Castle

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Maybe the reason for my finding the protectiobn of my premises a non-arduous task is because I’ve been working in the security filed for about four decades, including security responsibility for an industrial site and hotel-apartment complex, as well as having bben not only a security consultant/trainer/litigation expert for plaintiffs and defendants, but a private detective. So I’ve seen what good security can accomplish, and ‘lazy’ security can and will do.

To make a long article short, there is no excuse for any homeowner not to have a secure premises. None whatseoever.

The most important justification for reasonable and adequate home security is first the protection of your family and secondly protection of your valuables (assets).  That task cannoty be accomplished by assuming that because you may live in a “nice” neighborhood, your home is not in damger of crimial attack. In today’s world, every neighborhood, rural area, and high-rise multi-dwelling building is a potential object of attack.

Now that you all understand this basic concept, there are two elementary security tasks to put into practice – deny the potential opportunity, and deter the criminal from completing the intented crime.

The first thing you have to do is take a good look at your home and determine all reasonable points of entry. Unlike the days of yore, you really do not have to dig a moat around your home, nor do you have the need to install a drawbridge; however, the steps you do need to take are modern forms of the prior methods.

Secure your entry doors. Do this by installing strong security doors, such as those latticed or with other fancy designs. The doors should be installed on the outside of your home, prior to your standard entry door. The security doors should be installed with fastening devices which cannot be easily removed. Your regular entry door should be locked with a professional grade lock, one ehich cannot be bumped nor easily opened, and for which keys can be obtained only from the locksmith from whom the lock was purchased.

Door jambs and frames should be secured by long screws – up to 6″ – so that they cannot be forced away from the wall studs without a time-consuming effort.  Do this for all your house doors.

Windows are the next access area for concern. Aside from using a good locking device, de[pening upon the kind of windows you have, you also want to protect the glass areas with a security window film – usually 28mm in thickness. The film should be the kind which bends with an attack, rather than tear. That film will make entry extremely time consuming, if possible at all, and will protect yopur glass from shattering and spreading fragments in the event of a hurricane, exposion in the area, and similar disaster events.

Last but not least, install a glass-break alarm. This may or may not be connected to a monitoring system. Since your biggest protection worry iis your family, once anattempt is made to break through your windows, since getting through the doors is too much of a problem, the alarm will sound, waking you if you are asleep, and you will have sufficient time to call local law enforcement, and/or take any other defenbsive action.

Once you do the above, you’ll be in a really great preemptive security mode, and you and your family can rest easy that you have taken the best steps possible to protect your home. Of course, you can never tell what devious ways the bad guy may have to unlawfully enter your property, but why make it easy on the criminal?

Hardening your propery, as described in this article, will go a long way towards enhancing your security awareness in and out of the home premises. It’s your life, your family’s life, as wellas all of your personal property. So, no more excuse, just do it.


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