Experts Offer Tips to Make Your Home More Secure

In Southern Nevada, as well as most cities across the country, the news headlines covering rising crime rates are increasing.  With that said homeowners and renters alike, may wonder how to effectively improve the security of their home. If you have been lucky enough to never have been burglarized, then I truly hope you never feel the sheer violation I felt years ago.

The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to keep your home safe and make it less desirable for any would-be intruder without breaking the bank. As sad as it is to say, we are never going to stop burglaries, so your job is to make your house look like more work than your neighbor’s… it sounds kind of crummy to put it that way, but if they look at your house and look at the one next door, well, which would you rather they chose? Here, experts share some simple, inexpensive home security tips that don’t take a lot of effort or money to implement.

Start With Doors And Windows

Advancing the security of your home starts with fortifying your front door. We all have heard about the importance of having a quality deadbolt lock.  However there’s a little more to understand when it comes to the quality of the entire door lock components.

The point of failure for a lock is usually the strike plate or the small piece of metal screwed into the door frame where the actual bolt of your deadbolt lodges into. You want to invest in a stronger strike plate that requires four or six screws to anchor it. Then, buy 3-inch screws to anchor the plate.  This advice comes from Chris McGoey, a Southern California crime expert witness who has analyzed thousands of crime scenes for homeowners and businesses.

“Those 3-inch wood screws can make all the difference in the world,” he said.

An even stronger solution, which costs more money is to have a security door installed. That is one of the things I have done, (with my HOA’s blessing of course).

Mike Johnston, chief security adviser for Boss Security Screens, a Las Vegas Valley-based window covering manufacturer, stated “Fortifying windows is important, too. Johnston is also a former Henderson Police Department captain.

Johnston encourages homeowners to also place a wood or metal bar in all sliding glass doors and windows. If you have a bigger budget, security window coverings are a deterrent as well.  “The No. 1 thing is that you don’t want to make it easy for anyone to enter the home,” Johnston emphasized.

Adjust Your Landscaping

Johnston is certified in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design by the National Institute of Crime Prevention. CPTED was created to make crime prevention part of the landscape design process. One of the key elements of CPTED is what Johnston calls the “2-foot, 6-foot rule,” meaning shrubs should be no taller than 2 feet off the ground and tree canopies should not hang lower than 6 feet.

Dan Kopec,  an associate professor in UNLV’s School of Architecture, added Thorny bushes like roses near pathways can also be a deterrent. Larger rocks in desert landscaping, while they add thermal gain, are difficult to run across and are a good security choice.

Assess What Passersby See

McGoey says it’s important not to leave visual enticements for anyone casing the area. This can be as simple as leaving your garage door open for long periods of time during the day. In these cases, the door from the garage into the home is usually unlocked as well, and if not, they may just walk up brazenly and take items from the garage. I know we all like a nice breeze during those 2-3 weeks of spring and fall that we get every year in the Las Vegas valley, however, even open windows on the front of the home can be an enticement.

Giving the appearance of activity at your home can deter an intruder. When you’re home, having blinds open so that people can see you moving around inside during the day is good practice, Kopec noted.

Security Plans & Technology

Once you’ve secured access points, some homeowners create an overall security plan for the home. That can include making sure the home is well-lit, alternating lighting schedules, installing security doorbells that let you see and talk to your guest from your phone, and even adding a whole home camera system and/or a home alarm service.

It’s important to view these strategies as “layers” that complement one another, said Johnston, and even the best technology only serves you well if you use it properly and maintain it. A maintenance plan can include:

Regularly trimming trees and shrubs to make sure your home is visible from the street.

Regularly testing alarm systems and technology components.

Having a system of checks in place when you leave the home for windows, doors and systems.

And if all of that unfortunately fails, McGoey also notes that in the event of a burglary you can more easily and accurately identify stolen items, if you have taken photos/videos of items and kept them, along with receipts, in one place (ideally, electronically, such as on a smart phone, hard drive or cloud storage).

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