By Cameron Heffernan
December 31, 1969
Although no home can be completely burglar proof, there are some easy, affordable
steps you can take to improve home security:
About the Author
- Glass doors are an easy entry
point for burglars. Secure them with the use of a bolt lock.
- Purchase a home security system that includes a loud interior alarm and
has detectors for all external doors.
- Use timers that can turn inside lights, televisions and stereos on and
off when you are away.
- A home security camera is a great theft deterrent. Just the sight of
one can keep burglars away.
- Don’t leave an out-of-town message on your answering machine that states
if you’re gone on vacation and when you’ll be back.
- Install your home security camera high, so that burglars cannot disable
- Motion-detecting outdoor floodlights are a great way to enhance home
- Make sure that you post the label or decal for your home security system
in a conspicuous place.
- Secure basement and garage doors with bars or other theft-deterring entry
- Most home burglaries occur between 9am and 5pm. Make sure that your entire
family knows to lock the doors when they leave home.
- Set up a neighborhood watch in your area, to promote better home security
for you and your neighbors.
- Position your home security camera in an area that has ample light and
where burglars are likely to enter, such as a back window.
- Choose the proper home security system, which includes monitoring from
a central monitoring station, and armed response.
Have a neighbor collect your mail and newspapers when you are away so they
don’t pile up.
- Make sure that your home security system includes motion sensors.
Cameron Heffernan is a writer, editor, and journalist, who has worked for publications such as PC World and a variety of freelance Internet sites. Cam is currently Communications Manager at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2000, he was a founding employee of a company that developed project management software. That firm was later acquired by a technology firm near Sacramento. He has expertise in web content authoring, management of development and maintenance of web sites, and product and service reviews. Cam has a BA in Journalism from Syracuse University's Newhouse School.
*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.