Home Security

Home security can take on different formsXinstalling a burglar alarm, a home security camera, or simply fortifying windows and doors. While there are many home security professionals who can help install home security equipment, there are cost-effective do-it-yourself home security projects that can be done quickly and easily.

Think About the Garage

An automatic garage door opener is a terrific convenience, but it can represent a home security risk. "Code grabbers" and "code scamming" are two methods where the code of older models of automatic garage door openers are obtained and can be used to gain access.

Most new models of automatic garage door openers are more secure because they use a non-repeating remote control. The code is changed after every use for home security purposes. Check your owners manual to discover what type of garage door opener you have.

Exchanging an older model for a newer, more secure automatic garage door opener is a relatively inexpensive, do-it-yourself home security project. It will go a long way in providing a safer home, as well as peace of mind. Before beginning the project, check local codes and follow all safety precautions.

Knock, Knock

Another quick and easy home security tip is to install a peephole in all solid exterior doors, including the door that connects to the garage. Measure the size (width) of each door to make sure you buy the right size peep hole. Also check to make sure the peephole allows adequate viewing, at least 190 degrees, and what size drill bits are required for installation.

Another effective home security measure is to fortify sliding glass doors by installing a sliding glass door lock. A foot lock or removable drop bar, also known as a Charlie Bar, are two good choices. Both these items can be purchased where sliding glass door hardware is sold.

A wooden double hung window can be made more secure with the use of window pins. Use these in addition to the crescent latch designed to keep the double hung windows together; the latch by itself is not an effective safety device.

Advanced Measures

Other effective home security measures to consider include the installation of a wireless burglar alarm or other type of home security alarm system. Having a home security camera installed is another option. These types of projects are best undertaken by professionals. Qualified contractors are knowledgeable about which types of home security equipment will best suit your needs.

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