DIY Home Security

With the unfortunate rash of house break-ins in our area of Newport Beach, it may be time to think about what you can do to amp up your home security.

According to the FBI, there's a home burglary every 15 seconds. To keep your home safe from burglary, you don't need to make your house impenetrable, you just have to make it look unattractive to burglars. Thieves want to get in and out quickly, they don't want to be seen, and they don't want trouble in the form of barking dogs, tricky entrances and noisy alarms.

In most home break-ins, thieves simply walk in an unlocked door. The number one tip for DIY security is simply...locking the doors.

Here are some other tips—ranging from cheap and easy to a bit more involved—to help make your home less appealing to burglars.

Fortify the doors

Change any locks from a previous owner.

On doors, use a dead bolt in addition to a knob lock. For extra security, add a tiny lock that covers the dead bolt's screws so it can't be picked.

A common method of entry is to kick in the strike plate, the panel that holds the lock or latch bolt in place. For more protection, install a heavy duty strike plate using extra-long screws.

Install strong doors in a solid frame. A high-tech lock is useless on a flimsy door.

Put a peephole in the door.

Use landscaping for home security.

Choose plants that don't obstruct a clear view from the street—these give burglars privacy and added time to break in.

Remove climbable trees that allow easy access to second floor windows.

Plant thorny plants under windows like cactus, holly or roses. On fences, try blackberry vines which are thorny and grow quickly. A local nursery can give you good suggestions for your neighborhood.

Don't forget the garage...

Read up more on do-it-yourself home security on my blog here: www.ReneeWestBlog.com

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Michelle Hundley Schenker September 05, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Another key thing to consider is getting a security system. They are so easy to install these days (wireless sensors vs. wired behind your walls) that most anyone can do it themselves and save money right from the start. This article might be helpful to your readers who are considering investing in an alarm. http://www.asecurelife.com/best-home-security-system
Renee West October 07, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Thanks, Michelle -- another good tip!


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