By Steve Adcock, The Shooting Channel
Our homes are our fortresses, the place where we relax and find comfort. Nobody likes to think of their home as a place that is vulnerable to a home invasion. People expect their homes to be safe, and that expectation can sometimes lead to points of weaknesses that people forget about. From locking doors and being observant, to keeping firearms and alarming your home, use these seven techniques to properly secure your home from would-be criminals.
1. Lock your doors
This should go without saying, but criminals gain access to homes simply by turning the door knob more times than you would probably care to admit (nearly a third of break-ins in 2006 were “no forced” entries). An unlocked door (including the door that leads into your home from your garage) is the easiest way to enable a home invasion. Keep your doors (including garage doors) closed and locked, and use strong, quality deadbolt locks. If you like fresh air, consider a metal security screen that will allow air in but keep out unwanted visitors and obscure the view into your home.
2. Keep your blinds closed and windows locked
We all like natural sunlight in our homes, but remember that when your blinds are open, the potential criminal (disguised as a postman, delivery person, sales person, or someone out for an evening walk) can easily see into your home. An opened blind or curtain will allow a criminal to eyeball many of your expensive niceties like; big screen TVs, stereos, gaming systems and more. When you are not at home, keep your blinds closed to prevent someone from looking in, and of course, make sure that your windows are securely locked. Even your upstairs windows or doors!
3. Keep property lights on and well-maintained
Criminals love the night, and for good reason. Darkness obscures their movements and allows them closer access to your property without being seen. Property lights are a great way to improve the security of your home by making it tougher for a criminal to approach your home unnoticed. Focus on illuminating entrance points to your home such as; front doors and garages or any balconies that your home may have. Consider placing lamps inside of your home, by your windows. Installing motion sensor lights are a legitimate way to keep your electric bills down, but may not keep a criminal from attempting to burglarize your home until the lights come on.
4. Own a gun and know how to use it
No gun owner wants to be forced to use their firearm to fend off an attacker, but defensive gun use in the United States, although largely unreported, is an effective means to protect you and your family. It is important that gun owners train consistently with their firearm, and that all adults within the household know how to use the gun effectively. Do not rely on a single person to be the one that shoots. If that person gets hurt in the attack, or is away from the house at the time, the other adult(s) need to know how to use the weapon to properly defend them and their families. Do not take this responsibility lightly. Attend defensive training schools and be prepared to know what to do and how to react if an intruder gains access into your home.
Next, steps 5, 6 & 7