Home security is something a lot of people take for granted. Most people see locking of their doors as a guaranty for total security.
While ensuring your doors stay locked whether you’re home or not is a good attempt at security, it is simply not enough.
If you are conscious about the security of your premises, you will want to ensure that any loophole that can bring about a breach on your security and safety is eliminated.
You simply shouldn’t make it easy for your premises to be accessed by an intruder.
Common home security vulnerabilities we ignore.
1. Easy to open windows and door locks: This is one issue that keeps rearing its head time and time again during a property security assessment (prior to providing service). Many properties have weak, easy to force open windows and doors due to weak or bad locks without even realizing it. If your home has a functional alarm system which can go off when a forced entry is attempted, that can be helpful; but isn’t it better to avoid the scare of an intrusion attempt by ensuring your locks are firm, secure and serve the purpose for which they are made?
Ensuring your locks are secure does not only protect you against burglary but it can also help keep crawling animals at bay as they equally pose a threat to your health and safety.
If you have little children, it is also important to ensure your locks are well secure to prevent accidents.
2. The key issue: This is another highly ignored vulnerability and by far the most common. A good lock system can keep people out and stop them from having unwarranted access to your premises but what happens if you are the one making it easily accessible by leaving your spare key lying around? Leaving your keys lying around in conspicuous or easy to find places like underneath the mat, flower pot or window sill means intruders can easily access your house and smoothly carry out their activities.
To avoid the spare key vulnerability, you can ensure:
- All occupants have their own key or access pass which allows them into the premises without depending on anyone for access. This will ensure there are no spare keys kept around for anyone.
- Keep your key with a trusted neighbor when going out rather than hidden around the house.
- Install a monitoring and or alarm system that will alert you if there is an attempt at unauthorized entry.
3. Window unit air conditioner: Window air conditioning units are another highly ignored vulnerability and a major target for burglars as they can be easily taken down and access gained into the property through the open space. If you live in a multiple floor building, it is best to avoid using a window unit on the ground floor as this will help to largely curtail access. But if you must, here are some steps to help protect you from being vulnerable.
How to avoid window a/c unit vulnerability:
- Use an air conditioner cage or window guard: This will ensure the intruder is limited in their ability to reach the air conditioner from outside. If they attempt to, it will take a long time and the noise can attract anyone around to them.
- Install flaps: A window a/c unit has to be smaller than the window in order to fit in properly. But the vulnerability lies in the space left surrounding it which can make it easily removable and increase the risk of a break in. To avoid this, metal or plastic vent flaps can be screwed over these gaps to ensure the spaces are covered up.
- Install a window alarm: This will go off and alert anyone around, as well as scare off the intruder.
4. The highly vulnerable but ignored second floor: If you live in a multiple floor building, chances are you spend most of your time ensuring security on the first/ground floor. This is understandable, but intruders are smart enough to know this which leads them to focusing on other easily ignored entry points like the second-floor windows. For most homes, the second floor is where the bedrooms are particularly the children’s bedroom and children are known to be less careful about keeping the windows locked. In many cases, an intruder can gain access to the second floor while the occupants are downstairs.
Here are some steps to limit exposing the second floor to vulnerabilities
- Keep the trees behind and around the house trimmed as intruders can use them as access ladders.
- Ensure there are no large climbable items such as drums, trash cans, high tables and scaffolds in the backyard that can be dragged over and used to step on for entry.
- Keep the windows well secured with good locks and a burglary proof system.
These commonly ignored security vulnerabilities can make your home easy to break in and susceptible to intruders. So, check your premises to see if any of these indicators exist, if they do, speak to Latins to create a plan that guarantees a security system that will safe guard your home.
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