Home safety is all about securing your home and there are different ways of doing it, right from simple locks to CCTVs to personal panic buttons. You need to select a combination of security devices to suit your family and your house. Apart from conventional locks, several electrical security devices are becoming necessities in modern homes. Choose one or a combination, according to your needs.
Types of Security Devices
Sensors: Door and window sensors trigger an alarm if they are broken into. Some of the newer ones get triggered on impact, like if the glass window is smashed. Motion sensors detect body movement or are sensitive to body heat.
Video Phones: a video door intercom phone can be used to literally see whoís at your door.
Alarms: besides the basic noise alert alarms, there are now sophisticated devices available with keypads connected to doors and windows for complete security.
CCTV Cameras: or closed circuit TV Cameras offer coverage for closed areas. If youíre living in a builder flat, get together with neighbors to install these in corridors, staircases or at gates.
Wireless security: portable and easy to install, these can alert you of a break in, and even gas leaks or water breakouts. They are simply connected to a phone line.
Personal panic buttons: these are useful if youíre a single woman. You can also get one installed for an elderly relative staying alone. Itís a small device that you can keep by your side all the time. The press of a button triggers an alert to friends or relatives whose phone numbers or email ids are pre programmed into the system.
Door and Safety
- Opt for solid doors in wood or metal with strong locks. Itís not a great idea to have fancy regular glass doors for entrance.
- Be doubly careful of glass doors as these can be forced open easily. Get strong bolts installed on both the top and bottom of the doors.
- Have multiple locks for all external doors, including deadbolts, rim locks and floor locks.
- Have double key dead bolts; these allow for the door to be locked as soon as it is shut. It can then be opened only with the key. At night, you could leave the keys inserted so that you can exit quickly and safely in case of fire.
Windows and Security
- Have window stops on the first floor and basement window frames. These prevent windows from being opened completely, from inside and outside.
- Consider having your most vulnerable window safety coated. Safety coating is adhesive plastic sheeting that makes it difficult to break the window glass.
- Make sure you donít have hedges or trees too close to your windows, or it will become easier for an intruder to reach a window even on the first floor.
Home Safety Tips
- Make security multilayered as itís easier for an intruder to bypass one layer of security, but not multiple layers.
View your home as a burglar would and look out for vulnerable points like windows that look easy to enter through, or a balcony that has a door without a proper lock etc.
Get heavy drapes for windows as it might prevent a possible theft. Sheer or see through curtains, although look pretty, can tempt a prospective burglar when he sees your expensive furniture or electronics.
Always keep doors locked. Use video alert devices, or at least check through a peephole before opening the door to anyone. Always ask for identities from strangers, even those claim to be TV repairmen or electricity meter readers. Keep the balcony doors locked or bolted, even the ones on the upper floors as far as possible.