secure is your home
Have you ever wondered how secure is
your home from intruders? Have you considered the possibility
that your home may not be that protected and vulnerable to
theft and break-in? As far as safety is considered your primary
consideration should be the safety of you and your family.
When a potential danger exists, take precautions and follow
the common sense security guidelines. A good approach is to
concentrate on making the home a risky target for intruders,
think from the point of view of the intruder, and find out
the weak points of your house and instill security awareness
into each family member.
step is to survey your home and life-style
To begin your security surveys look into the lifestyle and
habits of each and every family member. Try to find out possible
weak spots and think from the angle of the intruder. Take
the help and co-operation of each member while doing the survey
and suggest ideas to minimize the risks that are identified.
The survey can point out the physical and human weaknesses
that may put the family in danger. Begin your survey by considering
the following points.
If you live in an apartment building check the following points:
Check the access gates, elevators, and parking spaces.
There should be limited access to apartment balconies and
Public access places should be sufficiently illuminated
Garage doors should always be kept locked.
Doors should have peepholes and proper latches.
you live in a private residence check the following points:
Install solid core entrance door with iron gates and peepholes.
sliding glass doors with a bar, pin the frames so they cannot
be lifted off the track. Be sure windows are properly installed
with locks or pins, grills or bars and shutters.
Never put identification tags on your key rings.
Make sure that you get enough clear lines of sight from
all windows and doors.
Illuminate residence perimeters and driveway approaches
Use sodium vapor and quartz lamps for security lighting
for a high intensity output.
Make sure all entrance door hinges are heavy duty and are
made more secure with pins.
Restrict keys, both home and office, to those who actually
need them, don't hide a spare key under the mat or in the
second step is to prepare yourself and your family
It is very essential for your home security planning that
awareness be incorporated in the minds of all the family members.
Make sure that you never discuss home security and family
emergency plans outside the home. Instruct younger family
members to be cautious of strangers. Teach them not to open
the door to strangers when home alone unless they know the
person or there is a scheduled visitor. If forced entry is
attempted, lock the door, phone for help, and go to your safe
room. Do not attempt to confront or corner an intruder, call
for help or get out of the house. Always answer the phone
with a simple hello and establish the identity of the caller
first before giving out information such as your name and
address and who is at home. Children should be instructed
to never reveal anything if they are home alone.
step is to teach children safety measures
Teach children never to talk to strangers and not to let them
touch them and Refuse rides from strangers. Teach them to
report suspicious people or incidents and how to call for
help and police. Teach your children to never play in isolated
areas and to travel in groups. Make it clear to them that
they should always inform you when going out and also inform
you where they are going and with whom they are going. If
possible tell them to give you a contact number if possible.