Guardian Self Defense and Security Blog

Home self defence products protect against home invasion

Residential crimes like burglary and home invasion robbery are the most come threat to our homes. FBI crime statistics show that a burglary is committed every 15 seconds in the United States. According to a Department of Justice report: there are over 8,000 home invasions per day (statistically) in North America. 38% of assaults & 60% of rapes occur during home invasion robberies. There are things you can do to improve the security of your home and thus decrease your chances of becoming a victim of burglary or home invasion crimes. Standard home entry ways are constructed poorly; the weakest point is usually the door jab. A firm kick is enough to bring it down and allow forced entry into your home. Criminals tend to focus on the garage, back and front doors. First, strengthen or reinforce the entry way doors. You can do it yourself or pay a professional to install for you. For example, an entry way door should be secured by the following:
  • Install solid core or metal door for all entrance points
  • Upgrade to heavy-duty,deadbolt locks with a one-inch throw bolt
  • Upgrade to quality, heavy-duty, knob-in-lock set with a dead-latch mechanism
  • Use a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate into a wooden door frame
  • Use a wide-angle peephole mounted no higher than 58 inches
There are also some great and inexpensive home defence products that provide additional entry way security. A steel door brace works to strengthen any entry or sliding glass door without any installation hassle. A simple glass break alarm senses vibration and is great for securing windows and patio doors. After you have the entry ways reinforced then its time to secure your home with a security alarm. This does not have to be an expensive wired system, instead many experts recommend choosing a wireless alarm system or auto dialer alarm. A good wireless alarm system is easy to install and can grow with you. A typical out of the box system will protect a small apartment, but additional motion and window sensors can be added. This provides the ability to protect a large home or small business for a modest investment. Most wireless security systems have an auto dialer feature that allows you to program important numbers into the system (9-1-1) then the auto dialer feature is activated and begins dialing your preset numbers. The person on the other end of the emergency call will hear your prerecorded alert message. That person will have the option to listen in on the room, broadcast their voice through the base unit, or disarm the system. If there is no answer, or if the person doesn't disarm the system, it will dial the next number on your programmed list. Finally, call your local police department and ask them to come conduct a security audit. Most departments offer home security audits free of charge. Basically, a trained officer will come out and survey your home and report "weak spots". This is a great proactive approach to improving your home security situation.
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