DIY Projects For Home Safety
Home Safety is one of the main objectives for today’s homeowner. There are some simple things that can be done to secure our homes a little better and not worry some degenerate would break in to harm us or our families. Some of these things are very easy to install ourselves. Let’s take a look to see what can be done.
1 – Install wide angle peepholes in the front door so you can see who is there before opening the door. Strangers can be hiding just out of view. They are available online New 290 Degree Peephole Wide Angle Door Viewer in Gold. Installation is the same as a regular peephole. Drilling a hole from both sides and just screwing it together.
2 – The stealing of mail is becoming a growing problem. To secure you mail from thieves you can use a security mailbox. When the mail is dropped into the box you would need a key to get it open. You can buy them online “Mail Boss 7506 Mail Manager Locking Security Mailbox, Black. It can be screwed to the wall of the house or on a post, just like a regular mailbox.
3 – Adding a small safe for your needs that is fastened to the floor so they can’t pick it up and walk off with it. Most safes will go up in price with different options like fingerprint reading to open them and fire prevention. You could also hide a safe in the wall or floor like the “Amsec WFS149 Wall Safe U.L. List 1Hr Fire Rating” from Amazon, one of our affiliates. A wall safe would be hidden by a picture or books on a bookshelf. The floor safe would have to be installed in a concrete floor.
4 – Wireless window alarms can help as long as we keep them locked for a defensive move. The alarm sounds as the window is opened. Burglars hate any loud noises. These window alarms can be bought online Mosuch Wireless Home Door Window Burglar Safety Security Alarm System Magnetic Sensor Pack 10. The use of these alarms should be on windows in rooms that are not usually used all the time, like 3rd and 4th bedroom. Also, door alarms have a piercing shriek. These are magnetic contact strips, mounted with screws or double-sided tape.
These door alarms have a delay feature, so you can activate and deactivate them when leaving or returning. The window units have an on and off switch and batteries that can last 2 to 3 years.
5 – Pin locks for double hung windows. These can be bought in a hardware store for about $2 apiece. You just drill a hole in the top of the bottom window side all the way through so the window can not open. Then drill another hole about 2 to 3 inches above the first hole into the top window, this way you can open the bottom a little and still have it locked with the pin. They can also be bought online Window Guard Pin Lock Set for Sliding Doors and Windows – Extra-Long 3-1/2″ Pin.
6 – Motion Detectors with lights. These detectors are a great deterrent. The standard hardwired models. If running an electrical line would be too difficult, you can get a small solar panel to sit next to the camera, like a “Sunforce 82101 100 LED Solar Motion Light” which can be bought from Amazon (an affiliate of ours). Attach the light to the house or shed in your yard and make sure the solar panel gets enough sunlight.
7 – Alarm Systems are easier to install then you may think. Talking to the police, when they interview burglars, an alarm system is a great deterrent. You can buy a professional grade wireless system for about $200. A battery operated DIY system just plugs into your internet router and then program the arming station after mounting the sensors and cameras.
If you don’t want to or can’t program from a computer you can always buy a consumer style DIY wireless alarm instead, which would be available Fortress Security Store (TM) S02-A Wireless Home and Business Security Alarm System DIY Kit with Auto Dial, Motion Detectors, Panic Button and More for Complete Security. Starter kits come with a control unit, arming unit, motion sensor and a few doors/window sensors. Plan on buying a few more extra sensors for the first floor doors and windows. Make sure to stick the yard signs near the front and back doors, then use the stickers on all the first floor windows.
8 – Secure all patio doors. Patio door locks are easy to pick, placing a heavy-duty stick in the door track will bar the door closed, but it doesn’t look too good. They make an “Andersen Auxiliary Security Lock, Foot Latch – White – 1997301” which looks better and gives you the security needed. This lock fastens at the bottom of the door and has a bolt that fits into a grommet to hold the door closed. Similar models are made for the top of the door as well. “Cardinal Gates Patio Door Guardian, White” makes it and can be bought here.
Also, screw a couple of 3″ screws into the top of the inside track just enough sticking down, so you can open the slider but someone from the outside cannot lift the door out of its track.
9 – Secure the door jambs by removing the 3/4″ screws from the strike plate. Drill pilot holes into the framing behind the jamb, then use 3″ screws to reinstall the strike plate. There is a company “Armor Concepts” that sell all kinds of door jamb armor. Their armor is professional-strength security against door kick in’s.
Understanding How These Guys Work
Most burglaries occur on weekdays between 10 AM and 5 PM when most people are at work and the kids are at school. The burglars are usually addicts in their 20’s looking for easy to sell items for quick cash. They case houses to make sure they are not occupied during the day and look like signs of wealth (such as expensive cars in the drive, fancy decks and well groomed lawns and bushes). They look for houses that are secluded with fences and shrubbery, and preferably break in a side window or a back door at ground level.
Almost all burglars do not pick locks, they just kick in the door, because breaking glass takes too long and makes too much noise, plus they could get cut and leave DNA. Sometimes prying open a window or sliding glass door for access. Most of the time they will take advantage of a homeowners’ carelessness by finding an open window or unlocked door. They tend to shy away from homes with dogs and homes with alarm systems.
Once inside, burglars head straight for the master bedroom for gold jewelry, furs, cash and guns. Then they grab all prescription drugs, laptops, tablets and cell phones as they leave.
There has to be ways for you to make your home less vulnerable, impede their attempts of breaking in and f they do manage to get in, to limit your losses.
A Few More Things That Could Be Done
Shred all names and address’ on incoming mail
Install camera’s by doors and windows – Fake or Real
Make a fake camera look real by bringing wires down from the bottom of the camera
“Outdoor Dummy Security” Which could be bought here WALI Bullet .Dummy Fake Surveillance Security CCTV Dome Camera Indoor Outdoor with one LED Light + Warning Security Alert Sticker Decals WL-TC-B4, 4 Pack for just $21.99.
These are just some of the things that can be used to discourage burglars from breaking into your house. If you would have any more suggestions, I would like to hear about them, just leave a comment below.