We all like to think that we implement smart and effective home security measures, but unfortunately, there are vulnerabilities that we often overlook. It may be time to reevaluate your home security and beware of these common home security mistakes.
- Overestimating Door Frame Strength
There’s more to door security than a high quality deadbolt lock. When someone kicks down a door, it’s usually the door frame that gives way. Easily reinforce your door frame by using long (3-4 inch screws) to hold the strike plates in place instead of short screws. This is a quick, easy, and cost-effective security measure that can greatly improve your home security.
- “Hiding” A Spare Key
It’s the oldest trick in the book that even casual burglars are privy to. If losing your keys or getting locked out is more common for you than normal, try leaving a spare key with a trusted neighbor or friend close by. Or you can invest in a biometric (fingerprint) or digital keycode lock for your exterior doors.
- Not Securing Garages & Sheds
Do you lock your garage or shed? If you answered no, you are not alone. Garages and sheds house many valuable things that are often targeted by thieves, so it would be wise to invest in locks to secure these areas.
- Neglecting Second Floor Security
You may not bother securing your second floor, but remember, if there’s a will there’s a way. Burglars have used deck railing to reach a second story window, or some have even used the ladder stored in that unlocked shed to gain access. Remember to lock those windows and lock up your ladder.
- Leaving Home Security Systems Unarmed
So you’ve gone so far as to install a home security system, but what’s the use if you continually forget to set it? Make arming your system a habit at night and when you’re away. And remember, change the default code that came with the system and create hard-to-guess security codes.
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