2016 is almost here, and if home security has never been of great concern to you, you might want to consider including it on your New Year’s resolution list.
Peace of mind is a tangible commodity that can also translate into reduced home insurance premiums. To achieve both without having to install a burglar alarm and pay a monthly fee, we offer these seven home security products and tips that will significantly deter a home invasion without robbing the bank.
1. Security Screen Doors
Because of our temperate climate, ideal for leaving windows and doors open, screen doors can be a significant security concern. Cutting open the screen or just ripping open the door is often simple for intruders. And if you’re not thrilled with having to put a heavy metal gate on your front door, Guarda Premium Screen Doors are exactly what you need.
The durability of these screens is amazing. Take a look at this video, and watch Guarda employees try to penetrate their screen doors with knives, missiles and baseball bats. It can’t be done and yet the door looks just like a screen – not an unattractive wrought iron gate.
2. Security Window Screens
Alarmed security window screens provide you with the best of all possible worlds: allowing you to keep your windows open, yet safe from unwanted intruders. Alarm screens fit windows of any size and are easy to maintain and durable. If anyone attempts to tamper with the screen, an alarm will sound immediately, before the intruder can enter your home.
And if you don’t have an alarm system to connect to, there’s a battery operated alternative that doesn’t require a full-scale system.
3. Security Glass For Vulnerable Windows & Doors
Security glass isn’t unbreakable (see the video), but it’s hard to break, and that can serve as a significant deterrent to burglars and intruders who want to act quickly. When they realize the “smash and grab” technique won’t work and the noise will call attention to their actions, they’re likely to move on to another target.
Check out this video to see just how tough security glass is.
4. Outdoor Security Lighting
Intruders don’t want to be seen. To make your home less of a target, install exterior security lighting fixtures outside your home and on your shed or garage. Timers and motion detectors will give you control over when the lights go on and off, which will help save electricity.
5. Sliding Glass Door Security
Like screen doors, sliding glass doors are notorious for being easy to break into. The locks on sliding glass doors are often flimsy and the doors themselves can be ripped open in a matter of seconds. You can secure your sliding glass doors with a double bolt lock and security glass or a sliding glass door security bar.
6. High Security Door Locks
If your home doesn’t have a good dead bolt on the front door, now is the time to replace your old dead bolt with something more secure. Your front door lock should have a 1-inch long dead bolt, metal strike plate, and 3-inch long mounting screws. Consumer Reports has some good recommendations here.
7. Interior Light Timers
To make your home look like it’s occupied, even when it’s not, put timers on your lights to create the illusion that you’re hanging out in your living room, cooking in the kitchen or doing other domestic activities. You might stagger when they go off so that the bedroom light is last one to go off. Intruders are less likely to break into a home if they think they’ll have to deal the occupants.
Tashman Home Center
Tashman Home Center’s Screens & Glass and Hardware divisions can provide you with all of the above-mentioned home security products. And, if we don’t have what you’re looking for in stock, we’ll be happy to order it and have it delivered to the store for you to pick up.
For more home security ideas and products stop by Tashman Home Center where we have a wonderful staff of knowledgeable employees dedicated to providing you with the best possible service and advice.