Protecting our homes isn’t something that is top of mind in our day to day life. Often these events are one of those “that will never happen to me” events. I know many can’t afford a state of the art security system to help protect there home. So I wanted to compile a few great tips and tricks to strengthen your security and give your family a piece of mind. Especially once your children are of the age to stay at home alone.
Here are a few stats for property crime in our county, I was curious about where we stood so I wanted to share it with you as well.
- In 2014, there were an estimated 8,277,829 property crime offenses in the nation. The 2-year trend showed that property crime offenses declined 4.3 percent in 2014 when compared with the 2013 estimate. The 10-year trend showed that property crime offenses decreased 18.6 percent in 2014 when compared with the 2005 estimate.
- In 2014, the rate of property crime was estimated at 2,596.1 per 100,000 inhabitants, a 5.0 percent decrease when compared with the 2013 estimated rate. The 2014 property crime rate was 11.9 percent less than the 2010 estimate and 24.3 percent less than the 2005 estimate. (See Table 1)
- Larceny-theft accounted for 70.8 percent of all property crimes in 2014. Burglary accounted for 20.9 percent, and motor vehicle theft for 8.3 percent. (Based on Table 1)
- Property crimes in 2014 resulted in losses estimated at $14.3 billion. (Based on Tables 1 and 23)
Strengthening Your Doorways
I had never thought about the impact that the screws you chose to attach your front door and plate hardware would have in a burglary but the length in screw you use is the difference between a quick 2 kicks by anyone and someone not being able to get it down quickly. This blog gives a great how to on reinforcing your door. The screws that come with the hardware really only attach it to the Jamb, but as you can see below by using 3″ screws you are reinforcing the door into the framing of your house.
Alarming your Home
This is not in reference to the more expensive options that involve a company coming in and alarming your home. There are many DIY versions that will make your house safer without hurting your pocket book.
This version is probably one of the cheapest and easiest to install, it also works well if you have children, so you know if they open a door or window in your home.
You can also find do it yourself alarm systems for fairly cheap compared to the company installed version.
Other Cheap and Effective Ideas
- Plant Shrubs or Thorn bushes under your windows
- Remove any hidden keys from under mats or fake stones, invest in hideaway type devices if you must have a house key outside.
- Add a generic security system sign to your house or window.
- Keep curtains draw, or sheers drawn so it’s difficult to see inside.
- Discuss a Burglary plan with your family.
- Install a locking dog door instead of the flap version.
At the end of the day you aren’t going to make your home break in proof regardless of which route you take. But you can make your home a less attractive target to thieves.
I’d love to hear any other ideas you have in the comments!