Tips for Defending Your Home – Part II

Tips for Defending Your Home – Part II
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Synopsis: A raised awareness of threats is half the battle when it comes to defending your home. Though we may feel secure when we’re in the familiar and comfortable surroundings our homes provide, we still need to be vigilant about safety. This means thinking like a criminal and making yourself aware of all the obvious points of entry for a determined invader.

A raised awareness of threats is half the battle when it comes to defending your home. Though we may feel secure when we’re in the familiar and comfortable surroundings our homes provide, we still need to be vigilant about safety. This means thinking like a criminal and making yourself aware of all the obvious points of entry for a determined invader. Pet doors and sliding glass doors are weak spots in a home’s security. Rods laid in the track of a glass door obstruct and prevent forced entry. Visit your local hardware store for other devices that will make your sliding doors and pet doors less vulnerable.

Before an intruder breaks in, he or she is peering through a window for valuables. This is why placing your valuables where they can’t be seen through a window or door is a good idea. We all want beautiful homes filled with nice things. Trouble is, the criminal wants those things too.

Criminals thrive in the dark so let there be light and lots of it. The more exterior lighting around the perimeter of your home, the more upsetting it is to an intruder. Motion activated lights, lighting at all entrances, corners, in your garage and any area where fencing or landscaping create hidden or dark areas are all excellent deterrents for intruders.

In addition to the dark, criminals also like things quiet so it’s up to us to give them a noisy welcome. This can be done with a home security alarm system if you can afford one. If not, opt for a simple door or window alarm that attaches to the frame that rings or sounds when someone enters. You can also keep an ear piercing whistle or your car’s key fob and set off the panic button if you sense an intruder. And of course the best noise and deterrent is a barking dog. Keep sparky well fed though since many criminals befriend our pets with meat and dog treats.

It’s also up to us to make our homes appear that someone is there when we are out of town. This means stopping paper and mail delivery or having a neighbor or trusted friend collect them for you. With newspapers scattered all over the driveway and all sorts of scrolled advertisements wedged in the front storm door, it becomes quite obvious no one’s at home. Intruders are much more sophisticated these days with many monitoring the home’s activity or lack thereof for a period of time before invading. Don’t let your home be an easy target.

Finally, there’s a reason our stomach’s twist around certain people and strangers. Some call it your guardian angel or your sixth sense. Whatever you choose to call it, the bottom line is to trust your gut and what your instincts or common sense is telling you. It’s up to us to only allow people to enter our homes who we are fully comfortable with and trust. If a stranger asks to come in and use the phone or claims he or she needs to call 911, keep the door closed and locked and offer to do it for them. Verify service men, utility workers and verify their identity by calling the company they say they work for. Don’t worry about seeming rude. Any legitimate professional will understand your cautious actions.


About the Author

Kara L. Gamber Marketing Director for Ace Case Manufacturing, LLC, Kara is also an avid gun enthusiast who absolutely believes in the right to bear arms. She also feels that gun safety is key to avoiding costly mistakes both at home and in public, and that every gun owner should be properly educated. She, her husband and their three children all enjoy spending family time together at both the gun range and local gun shows.
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