Home entry // bye bye burglars guide part 2
This is the second Blogpost for our complete guide to a safe home. This guide is called the bye bye burglars guide; BBB in short. We want to separate the safety measures into three segments:
What to do to prevent burglary (presence-simulation, garden, home entry)
What to do during a burglary (intervention, non-intervention)
What to do after a burglary (police, insurance, psychological)
It is all about precluding the burglar to break-in to your private rooms. What will stop him (or her, yes some burglars are women) before he enters the living area? The more barriers he has to face, the most likely he is going to be stopped. So what are common barriers and deterrents to keep him outside?
Today we talk about how to mechanically keep burglars from actually entering your house.
Against popular belief, the weakest links of doors are oftentimes not the lock itself, but the hinges. So a burglar with a crowbar will likely try to break open the side of the door, where the door hinges are located. If you don’t want to build a new door into your house, but still need to secure it more, you might want to consider not only putting an additional door bolt on the locking side, but the hinge side of the door.
If you buy a new door to your apartment, make sure to ask for one, that has a burglar secure frame and an internal locking mechanism, which locks both sides or optimally even all four sides. But even if we do promote home safety, all four sides might be a little overkill. We really don’t need to live in a vault, but yes it would be safer for sure. ;)
A cool and easy way to scare burglars right before entering your house are outdoor lights, that turn on automatically, when movement is detected. The unwanted trespasser will be visible to neighbours and maybe even think, that somebody was there to turn on the lights if he doesn’t see the sensor. The more visible he is, the less time he has to work on getting through Locks and time is crucial for a burglar.
Also the light comes in handy when you are walking outside on a warm summer night and there are automatic lights to brighten up your way. Just don’t be scared when you’re inside having dinner and the lights turn on outside, just to realise it was only the neighbours cat on the hunt to receive some cuddles.
If you have a basement you will likely have a basement door leading into the garden. Although it might not be the floor, were the burglar will find the most valuable items, It often gives him the easiest entering point, because the doors are not seldomly hidden somewhere on the side of the house. This gives him more time to fiddle with the locks. Maybe a safety camera pointing towards your basement door could be an option for you. Even just having a camera there might deter the burglar.
Most Padlocks are rubbish. Some are good and just a handful are really giving a skilled burglar a hard time getting through them. A thick body, thick hardened steel shackle, low tolerances around the shacklebase and a shackleguard is what you could be looking for. Additionally you should ask for a core that is difficult to pick, or simply watch the videos of a great lockpicker on youtube called the lockpickinglawyer to find out more. If for example you lock a gate with a chain, you should also remember that the entire system is only as strong as its weakest link, so the strongest lock will not help, if the chain is weak.
By upgrading your windows you will not only increase safety, but also thermal insulation which can lower your heating bill significantly. Also an improved sound insulation will result from this, which is essential if you live by a big street. Modern windows are fantastic and you will not want to go back, once you’ve experienced them. There are many different products, so ask your local window dealership. Additionally, just remember to fully close them before leaving the house. Same with the higher ones, because burglars might find a way up there.
That’s it for the blog on what you can do on the outside of your house. The next parts of the series are coming up, so stay tuned to learn more about how to secure your home, belongings and your loved ones.