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5 Ways to Enhance Home Security

Home Security is something that some people don’t put much thought into. Thousands of burglaries occur every day in the United States. The majority of people think the majority of home burglaries occur during the night. Most of you would probably agree, right? Well you would be wrong! Most burglaries occur between the times of 10 am and 3 pm. Why you ask? Because that’s when most people are at work!

So how do they get in? Most burglars use brute force by busting out windows and kicking down doors. Although brute force entries happen a lot, they prefer to gain easy access trough an open door or window. They don’t care about damaging your home so big windows and easily breakable doors are what most burglars look for.

Once inside, they only spend an average of 8-12 minutes in a house. They look for small valuable they can easily move and sell. Some favorite items to steal are cash, jewelry, guns, watches, laptop computers, tablets, DVR’s, DVD’s, and other small electronic devices. Most people don’t see the need for a home security system until they or someone they know has been broken into. This is understandable but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Catching burglars is hard to do with out any evidence. It’s estimated that police clear about 13% of all reported burglaries and rarely catch the thief in the act. A home security system and camera system can help with this! A security system will alert you and our monitoring station of any intruders and a camera system can provide evidence you can take to the police.

How to secure a deadbolt strike plate
Install 3 inch screws instead of the supplied screws when installing a door strike plate. The supplied screws can be ripped out by one kick of a burglar. They longer screws will make the door harder to kick in and hopefully deter a burglar from trying anymore after a few kicks.

1) Make Sure Your Home is Secure

About 30% of all burglaries are through an open or unlocked door or window. Make sure all doors and windows are locked and secure. Don’t make it easy for burglars to get into your home. If you make it difficult, odds are that they will move on to an easier target.

2) Install Security Lighting

Security lighting will provide detection of intruders, deter intruders, and will provide a sense of security and the feeling of safety. It illuminates the criminal, making them feel exposed, insecure, and vulnerable.

3) Alarm Monitoring

By having your home security system professionally monitored, you now have a direct line to the police, fire department, and EMS. With 24/7 monitoring, we will always be there when you need us most.

4) Security Cameras

It isn’t a bad idea to fortify your home’s entrances with security cameras. Along with preventing theft, security cameras can also help you keep an eye on baby sitters, pets, the elderly and your children.

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5) Disaster Detection

It isn’t always the bad guys that can threaten your safety. Your home security system can be set up to detect Smoke & Fire, Carbon Monoxide, Flooding, Power Loss and Temperature Changes.


Statistics on burglary in the United States of America.


Comments (19)

  • emily bennette

    I like that you pointed out that most break in happen between 10am and 3pm. It makes sense because most people are at work during that time frame. I would hate to come home from work to find that my home has been broken into. It would be smart to look for a security system that will scare people away when you are at work or away from your home.

    September 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm
  • Durham Locksmith

    Hey Cole Simpson, Nice blog and the tips you mentioned above is very useful but you didn’t describe their which type of security locks we can use in our home If you have a spere time so could you tell me what type of locks I can put in my house doors for security?

    August 11, 2017 at 12:05 pm
    • Cole Simpson

      Sure thing! There are many different types of locks like Deadbolts, Knob/Handle locks, and Jimmy Proof Deadlock Deadbolts. The list is quite long.

      Often, people think about their locks but not about 2 other important factors, their door and door frame. If you have a door that someone can break through or a weak door frame, then the type of lock you have won’t matter too much. You need to have a solid door and solid door frame.

      One tip I’ve given a few people is to replace the tiny screws that normally secure the strike plate with 3 inch long wood screws. This way, the screws go all the way into the stud next to the door and not just the door frame. This makes for a much more secure strike plate for the deadbolt to go into.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have anymore questions!

      August 11, 2017 at 3:16 pm
      • Durham Locksmith

        Thanks, Cole Simpson, I think you answer my question very well and if I will have any questions in future I will definitely ask. Thanks 🙂

        August 23, 2017 at 8:13 am
  • Ashley Turns

    Thank you so much for mentioning that 30% of all burglars enter through an open/unlocked window or door. My sister recently had a break-in at her house while she was on vacation with her family, so I’ve been wondering in what ways I can better protect my home. I’ll be sure to always lock my windows and I’m probably going to install security doors, just to be safe.

    August 17, 2017 at 7:02 pm
  • Dash Lock and Key of Middletown INC

    Thanks for your helpful tips Cole Simpson. Indeed, you should make sure that they can know you have an alarm. At the same time though, you cannot have easy access to it. If they are able to reach it then they can attempt to disarm. Keep all wires and pads hidden that don’t need to be out.

    September 7, 2017 at 2:22 am
  • Callum Palmer

    Security cameras are one of the biggest things you can use to help protect your home, especially if they’re hooked up to a surveillance system. It can be even more helpful if you can monitor this system remotely from your phone or something like that. If you can combine that with a remote alarm then you have quite a good home security combo.

    September 28, 2017 at 7:49 pm
  • Roger Middleton

    My family and I have moved into a new area and while the home is nice, the part of town that it is in isn’t the greatest. I liked that you had mentioned that it can be very important to make sure that your home is fully secure to avoid making it easy for a burglar to get into your home. I might have to start securing my home a little bit better, although I’ll be looking into getting a security system to help protect anything of importance.

    October 2, 2017 at 9:33 pm
  • Hannah Schroeder

    I like that you talked about how security cameras can keep an eye on babysitters and kids. My husband and I are nervous about leaving a sitter home with our children while we go on a two-week cruise to the Mediterranean. It would make us feel better if we knew they were being watched.

    October 4, 2017 at 5:45 pm
  • Theodore

    It’s great to know that home security systems can also detect smoke and fire allowing us to prevent such disasters. I’ve been robbed a couple of times that’s why I’m now considering on getting my home installed with a security system. Thanks!

    October 10, 2017 at 2:58 pm
  • Jeffery

    Hey very nice website!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your site and take the feeds also…I’m happy to find a lot of useful info here in the post, we need work out more techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing.

    October 14, 2017 at 8:14 am
  • Kyle Wayne

    I thought it was interesting that you mentioned having disaster detection as well. My sister is looking into home alarm systems and would like to really protect her family. I’ll be sure to talk to her about looking into a disaster detection along with an alarm system.

    October 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm
  • Kayla

    I didn’t know that most burglaries occur between the times of 10 am to 3 pm because that’s when most people are at work. My husband and I go to work at that time and we are worried about the security of our house. My dad suggested having alarm systems at home and shared this article with us. It says that we should make that all our windows and doors are locked when we leave home.

    December 7, 2017 at 8:11 pm
  • Joy

    I have no idea that the majority of people think the majority of home burglaries occur during the night. My parents’ house was robbed last week. My husband suggested having security services and shared this article with them. It says that it isn’t a bad idea to fortify your home’s entrances with security cameras.

    January 4, 2018 at 7:07 pm
  • Ross Smith

    Former owner of a security company here: The door stickers and yard sign are the least expensive option. And they do work, especially against the low class grab and run hoodlums that are the most common ‘burglar’. These jerks usually do more damage to your property than the value of what they steal. A real pro will get in and get what he is after no matter what defenses you have. Luckily you probably don’t have anything a ‘real pro’ would want to steal.

    January 19, 2018 at 2:32 am
  • Alexandria Martinez

    I appreciate that you explained the various ways to make your home safe from any harm. For me especially, I liked what you said about getting disaster detection to make sure your house is not in trouble while you are in it or gone. The new home I moved into would greatly benefit from this technology.

    February 23, 2018 at 5:39 pm
  • Larry Weaver

    I like the idea to install security lighting in my home. My neighborhood can get dangerous at night, and I would like to take measures to protect my home. A wired home security system with security lighting is the type of system I would like in my home.

    February 28, 2018 at 6:04 pm
  • Tiffany Locke

    I’m glad that you mention how it’s important to lock and secure all the doors and windows in your home so that you can prevent burglars from getting in. In order to make sure they provide the best security, it would probably be a good idea to research the different options, such as a regular key or a combination system. Once you’ve done this, you’d probably want to hire a professional to install it so that it will work correctly to provide the most safety and protection for your home.

    March 8, 2018 at 7:42 pm
  • Jordan

    I’ve been looking for a good security alarm. I’m glad you talked about how you should look into alarm monitoring, which I think would be smart. I’m going to have to look for a good security alarm company and see what we can find!

    March 19, 2018 at 2:22 pm

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