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Home Security System – how to make your home safe

Home Security System – first point of entry

The first point of entry for most intruders is through your own door. Whether front door or back, the doors and locks installed on those doors are your first point of defense against an intruder. The doors you choose, how they are installed, and the locks attached will make your home seem less appealing to someone looking to break in.

Home Security System – Door and Windows

Make sure the doors are solid wood or hollow-core metal doors are best. While decorative doors with glass or wood paneling may look better, they are easier to break through. On doors that have glass, it may be helpful to use a double-cylinder deadbolt which requires a key from both sides of the door. If the glass is broken, the intruder would need the key to unlock the door. This would not be advised if the door is a means of escape in an emergency. In this situation, the key would need to be left in the door and would eliminate the added security factor.

Home Security System – Deadbolts

A major step in securing your home is to make sure all the doors have a deadbolt lock installed. Intruders tend to look for an easy access. Doors with only a knob lock are easier to kick in, or pry open. There are two types of deadbolts: internal and surface mount. Surface mount are easier to install, but internal provide a stronger level of security.

Home Security System – Deadbolt Quality

When picking out a deadbolt, be sure to use a high quality Grade-1 or Grade-2 lock on all exterior doors to resist twisting, prying, and pick-lock attempts. Look for beveled casing to prevent the use of channel-lock pliers. Also, pick a quality door knob-in-lock with a dead latch system to prevent slipping the lock with a credit card or other shim device.

Home Security System – Deadbolts in depth

Having a great lock is only helpful if the door jamb itself is sturdy enough to withstand the force of someone attempting to break in. Sadly, most door jambs are not as strong as they should be. It is worth the extra expense to install a high security strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate into the wooden door frame, and at least one long screw in each door hinge which are available in most hardware stores home improvement centers such as Home Depot or Menards. These steps will deter most through-the-door forced entries. Add a heavy-duty knob-in-lock set with dead-latch mechanism for added security along with a 160 degree peephole.

Home Security System – Electronic Deadbolts

For the “techies”, an electronic deadbolt may be desired. These offer keyless entry with an entry code. Some electronic deadbolts can have visual and audible signals to alert you in case the deadbolt isn't locked securely or even lock on their own in case you forget.

If an intruder makes it past the deadbolt, your next point of safety is your home security system. A home security system will notify you and police that your homes security has been breeched. If the home security system alarms the police the will send an officer right away. The alarm will notify you and your family of the situation and you can take action.

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