Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Security Hints & Tips

If you were to give a thief enough time and resources (assuming they had the proper knowledge and the right tools), they could, possibly, break into virtually any building, defeat any lock or open any safe. Fortunately, the average thug does not have the luxury of unlimited time, knowledge, tools and other resources. Consequently, they're reduced to the most direct approach: Force.

Rather than use finesse, they will break, pry, twist, hammer and otherwise force their way in. That makes it easy for you to take steps to deter them from entering your home or business.

Simply walk around the inside and outside of your home or business and look at the doors, windows, vents, and various openings in the wall or roof and ask yourself this question: "Could I force my way through that ____________?" If the answer is: "Yes". Then, you need to strengthen that weak point to keep the thugs out.

Your security measures could be as simple as installing some screws or repairing a broken window latch. We can help you find the simplest, and frequently, the most economical security solutions that are truly effective.

Lock it Up
Install deadbolts and door locks; make sure lock strike plates are installed properly with long anchor screws. Install window locks, Do not leave the garage doors open. These things will make entry more difficult for criminals.

Spare Keys
Do not leave a spare outside. Give one to a trusted neighbor. If no other choice but to leave a key outside, be creative. Do not put them under flower pots, welcome mats or on window ledges.

Trim the Shrubs
Shrubs and landscaping should be no higher than the bottom of the window.
Crooks always find places to hide!

Increase Your View

Install a door viewer (peep hole) so you can get a good look at who’s at the door.
Make sure it’s at a good height for everyone to use.

Look Like Somebody’s Home
If you’re going on a trip, stop mail delivery or have a neighbor collect it for you. 3 or 4 news papers in the yard or a full mail box tells the criminals that no one is home.
Install timers on lamps in different rooms, adjust them to come on and go off at different times during the night.

Sound Like You’re at Home

If you have your name on your mail box, take it off. Bad guys will often call 411 to get your phone number, then they call to see if your home. Forward your home phone to your cell phone, when they call, you’ll answer.

Make a list

List your valuables. If you are the victim of a robbery having a list of your valuables their serial numbers and even pictures or videos. This will help identify the items when they are recovered by the Police.

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