Home Safety

December 3, 2010 at 4:46 am | Posted in big girl house | 5 Comments

This isn’t a fun post like usual but I think it’s an important one.  The other night two men tried breaking into our home.  To say it was scary is putting it mildly.  Luckily the police came quickly and I believe they were scared away quickly once they figured out we were at home.  The night it happened I was very scared but the next morning I woke up and I was very angry at these men who scared my daughter and who had total disregard for my home and family.

The most important thing is my family and the night it happened the only thing I cared about was that my family was safe and I really could care less about our stuff but in the morning I woke up thinking we’ve worked really hard for that stuff and we have a right to protect it.

As the police walked around our house that night I saw many no no’s that we were committing because we felt comfortable and safe living in our neighborhood.  It’s pretty crazy in all the places we’ve lived (there’s been alot) this would be considered the safest and this is the only time anything like this has ever happened to us.

I am very embarrassed to say that my very expensive purse was sitting in the back of my unlocked car in the garage, the garage was locked but the fact of the matter is my purse should’ve been in the house and the car should’ve been locked.

We immediately made changes to our house and amped up our security system and took all the extra steps to be extra safe.

I also got online and got a few tips I thought I’d share with you.  The police told us that this time of year break-ins are pretty high so it’s good for all of us to take the extra steps, better safe then sorry!

The first step is to harden the target or make your home more difficult to enter.

  • Use a solid core or metal door for all entrance points
  • Use a quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock with a one-inch throw bolt
  • Use a quality, heavy-duty, knob-in-lock set with a dead-latch mechanism
  • Use a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate into a wooden door frame
  • Use a wide-angle 160° peephole mounted no higher than 58 inches

Sliding glass doors are secured by latches not locks.

  • Use a secondary blocking device on all sliding glass doors
  • Keep the latch mechanism in good condition and properly adjusted
  • Keep sliding door rollers in good condition and properly adjusted
  • Use anti-lift devices such as through-the-door pins or upper track screws
  • Use highly visible alarm decals, beware of dog decals or block watch decal

Windows are left unlocked and open at a much higher rate than doors.

  • Secure all accessible windows with secondary blocking devices
  • Block accessible windows open no more than 6 inches for ventilation
  • Make sure someone cannot reach through an open window and unlock the door
  • Make sure someone cannot reach inside the window and remove the blocking device
  • Use anti-lift devices to prevent window from being lifted out
  • Use crime prevention or alarm decals on ground accessible windows

Good neighbors should look out for each other.

  • Get to know all your adjacent neighbors
  • Invite them into your home and establish trust
  • Agree to watch out for each other’s home
  • Do small tasks for each other to improve territoriality
  • While on vacation – pick up newspapers, and flyers
  • Offer to occasionally park your car in their driveway
  • Return the favor and communicate often

Interior lighting is necessary to show signs of life and activity inside a residence at night.

  • Use good lighting along the pathway and at your door
  • Use light timers or photo-cells to turn on/off lights automatically
  • Use infra-red motion sensor lights on the rear of single family homes

Alarm systems definitely have a place in a home security plan and are effective, if used properly.

  • Alarm systems are effective deterrents with visible signage
  • Alarm systems to be properly installed, programmed, and maintained
  • Alarm systems need to have an audible horn or bell to be effective
  • Make sure your alarm response call list is up to date
  • Instruct your neighbor how to respond to an alarm bell

Don’t be like us, take the extra steps so this doesn’t happen to you!



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  1. Sorry this happened to you. Also get a dog. My grand-dog has saved the house twice that the family knows of and likely other times. She is medium sized but sounds HUGE on the other side of the door. The 6’3″ police officier was suprised she wasn’t a big dog.
    They are important family members.

    • Thanks, we have a dog too, but unfortunately she was caged because she doesn’t do too well at night alone, luckily they never entered the house but if they would’ve they would’ve heard her barking a mean bark like the police officers did when they walked in!

  2. I’m happy to hear that everyone is safe!

  3. That had to be so scary. I’m glad everyone is okay. criminals are getting even more brave – someone around here was robbed and forced in his home at noon – broad daylight. Stay safe.

  4. Wow! That is scary! Back in the summer we had our trailor stolen out of our driveway. At first I was scared, but then I got mad! I couldn’t believe someone would have the guts to steal something out of our driveway in plain sight…in the middle of the day! No one saw them and we have neighbors less than a 100 feet away! Your tips are very useful and definitely worth posting! Stay safe!

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