Security for Your Hamilton Home
Feeling safe in your home is a right and while it is difficult to protect your home from professional thieves, most home burglaries are done by amateurs. Thieves can be easily thwarted if you follow some simple security precautions:
- Lock your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many burglars just walk in through an unlocked door or window.
- Change all the locks when you move into a new house.
- Your house should look occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you’re not at home.
- If you have a faulty alarm that frequently goes off, get it fixed and tell your neighbors as most people ignore an alarm that goes off periodically.
- A spring-latch lock is easy prey for burglars who are “loiding” experts. Loiding is the method of slipping a plastic credit card against the latch tongue to depress it and unlock the door. A deadbolt stops this. It is only vulnerable when there is enough space between the door and frame to allow an intruder to use power tools or a hacksaw.
- If you lose your keys, change the locks immediately.
- Before turning your house key over to a house cleaner, make sure the person is honest and reputable by checking all references.
- Instead of keeping a spare key in a mailbox, under the doormat, or on a nail behind the garage, wrap the key in foil and bury it where you can easily find it if you need it.
- Don’t leave notes for service people or family members on the door.
- If the entrances to your home are dark, consider installing lighting with an infrared detector. Most thieves don’t want to be seen trying to get in a door.
- Talk to your neighbors about any suspicious people or strange cars you notice lurking about.
- To keep your tools from being stolen, paint the handles. Thieves avoid items that are easy to identify.
- Trees located near windows or shrubbery can shield a burglar from view. Consider landscaping as part of your protection.
- If someone comes to your door asking to use the phone to call a mechanic or the police, keep the door locked and make the call yourself.
- Dogs are good deterrents to burglars. Even a small, noisy dog can be effective — burglars do not like to have attention drawn to their presence.