Home Invasion: Preventative Security Layers To Protect the Home

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
By Paul Martin

by Tess Pennington
Ready Nutrition

In a previous article, Urban Defense Planning for the Home, it was briefly discussed that designing a home defense system to evade possible criminals is your only way to protect your home, your family and your belongings, as well as alert you to anyone trying to break in. Home invasions are growing more and more frequent these day. Recently in the news, a 15-year-old shot a home invader trying to break into his home.

Desperate individuals feel their cause is justified and important enough to break in, terrorize, attack and steal belongings from others homes. These persons are dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Preventative measures can be put in place to keep these scums far away from your home. Minimize the threat of a home break in or home invasion by adding layers of security to prevent your home from being a possible hit. Security layers are preventative measures put into place that will advertise to possible intruders to avoid your home altogether.

Layer 1: The Outside Layer

Reinforced doors and locks. There is only 1 ” of wood protecting you in normal door locks.
Invest in heavy duty door hinges and secure door frames with 3 ” screws.
Barred windows or European-style security/storm shutters.
Doors that are not glass or see through.
Install a peep hole for the door.
Never rely on a chain latch as an effective barrier (they are easily broken if the door is kicked in).
Install infrared flood lights, or motion detector lights around the perimeter of the home.
A gate at the front of the driveway that has spikes at the top to prevent someone from jumping over the fence
Never leave a spare key hidden under a rock or door mat. Too many people do this and it is the first place a criminal is going to look.
Cut back large trees or bushes near the windows to provide concealment. Additionally, putting thorn bushes in their place would be advantageous.
Have a guard dog trained to attack. And place “beware of dog” signs in the front and side gates of the home.

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