If you watch, listen or read the news you cannot help and notice that violent crime seems to be on the increase, burglaries definitely are so this is aimed at reminding you of things we should be doing but due to complacency we forget to do and maybe give you some ideas that you hadn’t thought about.
A layered approach to home security is exactly that, imagine an onion that you have cut across the middle leaving you looking at the rings of an onion, now imagine this, the very centre ‘Strong Room’ is typically a bedroom and the outer rings are the outside perimeter of your house and gardens etc.
Outside Perimeter And Beyond.
If you currently live in a neighbourhood watch area fantastic, if however you don’t why not speak to your neighbours and sound out whether they think starting a neighbourhood watch scheme would be beneficial and get it up and running. The benefits of this are more than its sum total of parts, it is a deterrent to burglars knowing that behind any window on your street someone could be watching them.
Perimeter To Building
Now let’s concentrate from your perimeter up to and including the doors and windows of the property. Gravel driveways, paths etc are horrendous for burglars as the noise gravel makes carries into the property and to neighbours properties. Security lighting highlights a burglars presence at night however, make sure it is working. Home CCTV systems are less expensive than you might think and with wireless cameras there is no messy drilling more on where to place the DVR later.
WE ARE NOW FOUR LAYERS INTO OUR SECURITY
Firstly, unless they are being used right now keep doors locked, imagine someone knocking on your front door, you go to answer it and while you are doing that someone enters your house via another entrance and in less than 10 seconds steals from you or worse. Some houses have alarms fitted just remember to switch them on and if it develops a fault fix the fault don’t just stop switching the system on to save annoying the neighbours. Keep windows shut and if they have to be opened then fit security latches to limit how far they will open. If you have security chains and spy hole’s fitted to doors then use them.
Inside the Building
Now is where it gets interesting and not many people think of doing this, try and compartmentalise your home and at the very least you should be ensuring that the next door inside the house after the back door can be locked! A locksmith can gain entry to a door in minutes if not seconds ‘They are not magicians’ they have learnt skills to be able to do this, these skills are out there so don’t assume that burglars do not know the same skills, having another door locked i.e. separating the kitchen from the house has significant benefit, breaching this door will involve noise (burglars don’t like noise). There are some discreet door locks available that don’t look out of place.
WE NOW SHOULD BE AT LAYER SEVEN OF OUR SECURITY
Treating the bedroom as a stronghold, sounds overdramatic however it makes sense, this room should be the hardest place to gain entry to, someone would have had to breach 6 layers of security to get to this point and like it or not there is nowhere else to go to. The bedroom door should have a lock fitted, there should be a switch located in here that will sound the alarm system (a burglar could have bypassed one aspect of the system) and the DVR for the CCTV system should also be stored in here, your safety is above any of your household goods, I could rhyme off household items that could be used as weapons however not everyone has the skill or confidence to apprehend intruders and if you have the slightest doubt then always err on the side of caution.
Don’t rely on someone else to protect you, the buck stops with you.