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The world is a dangerous place. No one is
totally immune from crime, like burglaries, and other forms of harm,
like accidental damage to property and and accidental injury to oneself.
However, steps can be taken to try to prevent or at least curb such
With the above in mind, here are some safety
measures and tips you should consider taking:
Exterior of the House
Don't grow a "jungle" outside. Cut down
on your shrubbery and other sorts of vegetation that tend to
make your house obscured from the street and other public ways,
since such a setting would be ideal for burglars:
like to break into houses that easily provide them cover when
breaking in and committing the crime of a burglary, and this can
easily be accomplished through thick vegetation like bushy
bushes and thick-trunk trees with a lot of overbearing branches, especially those around the
windows of a house. So, cut back on such vegetation, and
if you want such vegetation around, strategically place them
away from the windows and in such a way that they do not
otherwise unreasonably provide potential "cover" for burglars
and other criminal elements. In fact, if you can, try
planting vegetation that intruders hate--those that can hurt
them--and they include thorny plants like rose bushes and
agaves; incidentally, agaves are also known natural
fire-retardant plants, so plant these around the perimeter of
Windows should be
locked and, if possible, shielded with decorative wrought iron
bars. Locking your windows should be a no-brainer.
In addition, you should consider installing wrought iron window
bars. They are not as bad as one would think in terms of
aesthetics. Having wrought iron window bars installed will
deter intruders, and, if an intruder decides to attempt to try
to break in, it will cause the intruder to at least incur a bit
more work, effort, time and cause at least some noticeable noise
to break in than it would otherwise be the case without such
bars. Such wrought iron window bars should not be a fire
hazard because they all practically come with fire-release
handles that can be pulled on the from the inside of the house
to have the bars come off of the house in order to provide a
fire escape route through the windows once shielded with bars.
This also applies to sliding glass doors.
You should make sure that your entrance doors are of the
solid-body type, and that they have deadbolt locksets installed
on them; your basement door should be strengthened with a
crossbar, and its hinges appropriately encased with a hard,
durable material, such as concrete.
Perimeter house lights. You should
consider installing outside lights aimed at any entrance door to
the house that you may have so as to provide enough light in
order to deter intruders from attempting to break in through the
door. Motion-detecting lights are practically a necessity
to deter crime, as such lights can cause intruders and vandals
from not trespassing into parts of your property that would
otherwise be without protection and subject to destruction.
Use walkway lights, also, to ensure a safe path to your house
doorway. All of such lights can be bought as photo cell light
fixtures (light sensors) that automatically turn on their own
when it becomes dark. You should also consider getting
light fixtures that are solar powered.
Garage doors that
you should be wary of. These days, burglars are quite
sophisticated to the extent they now carry tools such as
electronic devices that can capture the electronic pass code of
your garage door to gain access to your garage and then your
house, itself. To better protect yourself against this, on
the market for purchase is an electronic door opener that has
"rolling code" technology, which allows the pass code that is
transmitted from your garage door remote to open the garage door
to change every time the door is opened.
Interior of the House
Having an alarm system that protects against a burglary is
really good line of defense. Of course, a monitored alarm
system for your house is best, but, if need be, you can at least
have an alarm system without monitoring if the costs of
monitoring is too high; usually, insurance companies offer
discounts on home insurance premiums if an alarm system is in
place. Be sure to include a visible alarm system warning
sign out in front of your house to deter intruders from
considering your house as an easy target to burglarize; the
posting of watchdog security signs are a good idea, too.
There should be at least one smoke detector in every bedroom and
hallway of your house. If your house has an attic, garage
or basement, each should also have a smoke detector. Check
your local housing fire code regulations for more minimum
requirements. Smoke detectors can either be wired to
operate on electricity and/or independently on batteries.
detectors. Often noted as the silent killer, carbon
monoxide is just as dangerous or even relatively more dangerous
than a fire because of its subtleness. Like smoke
detectors, there should be at least one carbon monoxide detector
in every bedroom and hallway of your house. If your house
has an attic, garage or basement, each should also have a carbon
monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide detectors can either be
wired to operate on electricity and/or independently on
appliances/electronics, like a television, radio and/or lights
time to turn on and subsequently off when you are away from your
house to give the appearance that someone is at home.
extinguishers. Have an extinguisher near or in your
kitchen or fireplace so that it can be readily used in the event
of a fire outbreak; usually, insurance companies offer discounts
on home insurance premiums if a fire extinguisher is within
A quality safe
that is fireproof and waterproof. Use a quality safe to
store all of your valuable documents, such as birth certificates
and bonds/stocks, and valuable items, such as jewelry.
Otherwise, consider using a bank safety deposit box for the
storing of such documents and items.
disguised as brand products. While necessarily not as of a
high quality as safes of those above, there are dramatically
less expensive safes--really called "diversion safes"--that are
fake or otherwise disguised as soda cans, shaving cream cans,
flowerpots and even books in which small items of valuable can
These are some safety tips and measures that you
can consider applying for the protection of your home and the safety
of you and your family.
Handyman Zone Team
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