Home security tips
Secure your home at the property line:
A burglar or other intruder looks for two elements when selecting a target, he has to be able to get in and out quickly, and he must remain unseen.
If either one of these conditions doesn't exist, usually he will probably move on to the next house. The best place to discourage or deter an intruder is at the property line.
Use Open Space
Clear vegetation which may be used for concealment
Install fencing. Even a few strands of barbed wire is a deterrent
Use Sound Alarms
Something as simple as trip wires attached to metal cans full of rock which will make noise is a deterrent, Keep guinea fowl, geeese or dogs as animal alarms
Use Perimeter lighting
Keeping your property well lit at night. Make sure your lights illuminate darker areas like back doors and windows, shrubbery, walkways and entrances to your garage and basement.
Use Motion sensors
Link outdoor lighting to motion sensors which will startle an intruder by instantly drowning him in light.
Use timers for interior lights
Look for timers that stagger times when your lights go on from day to day to prevent an obvoius pattern from being established. Leave a radio on tuned to a talk station. You want your empty home to sound and look occupied.
Use Security cameras
Security cameras are useful for home defense. Even "dummy" cameras may be a deterent. Inexpensive web cameras can be linked to a PC and alarm system in your home and triggered by a motion sensor or perimeter alarm to send their video feed with pre-recorded message to the alarm monitoring company to send help immediately.
Use Maximum Security deadbolts
Install deadbolts on every entry door! Use Grade 2 or higher, offering the best security. A good choice is the Schlage Grade 1 Maximum Security deadbolt. If you have an attached garage ensure there's a deadbolt between the passageway from house and garage.
Join Neighborhood Watch
Get to know your neighbors and plan together for your collective security. The least expensive security is to turn on the eyes and ears of your neighborhood. Community policing programs, like Neighborhood Watch, have shown great success in reducing property crime around the world.
Don't advertise your absence
Put away sports and farm equipment, lawn mowers, portable grills and bicycles. If you leave valuable possessions outside, burglars will wonder what you have inside.
If you go on vacation
Have mail and newspaper delivery stopped and arrange to have your yard maintained and your driveway shoveled. Notify a neightbor or friend that you will be out of town and ask that they keep a watchful eye on your house.
Ask them to park in your driveway or parking space to make it appear that you are home. Lock your car while it's in the driveway. Always lock your car when it's in the driveway or parked in front of your house. Not only will you protect your car, you will prevent anyone from stealing your garage door opener, which would give them easy access to your home.
Make sure that you include a deadbolt on the door leading from your garage to your house, in case anyone gains entry to your garage.
Trim hedges and shrubs
Do not give an intruder a place to hide while breaking into your home. Keep all of your bushes trimmed and your hedges low.
The most common entry point for burglars is a ground level window at the side or rear of the house.
Strong perimeter security makes an intruder's job difficult and he will look somewhere else.
Crime Prevention Tips - Fairfax County, Virginia