I think it goes without saying that a little bit of Common Sense can go a long way. With that said not everyone has had the same exposures in life so the Common Sense Factor may be relevant to the individual.
First of all when you approach your locked house can you make entry without a key. If you can , well that’s a good place to start. A burglar or thief looks for the most opportune way to enter your home. So if you can get in relatively easy then you can guess what an experienced thief can do.
One common sense Tip that most Law Enforcement Groups suggest is that you don’t keep valuables at home, and if you do hide them well in a floor safe or some other area only privy to you.
Another Tip that is mostly put out by Insurance Companies is taking the time to make a list of all your valuables, photographing them and also marking them. Then put that information in a safe place, safe deposit box, fireproof safe.
So I compiled some Tips from different sites and from experience to share with you.
First of all lets start with Doors:You have to remember unless your home is isolated the thieves have only a short period of time to do their work.
Entry doors and all exterior doors should be solid wood or metal clad with a hand lock and a deadbolt lock. Burglars can easily kick in hollow core doors and have there way with your possessions.
Thieves can break through a simple keyed lock by various methods. A door with a deadbolt poses more of a challenge. So dead bolts are good for exterior doors, but only if they areinstalled correctly. The bolt when in the lock position should enter the side jamb a least 1″. The striker plate, that is the metal plate that the bolt goes through needs to be screwed in with 3″ long screws to prevent easy access by prying.
The common term “bumping:” is a way a theif can open your door with any key just by bumping the key several times. If you have an old lock you might want to invest in bump proof locks. If your doors are solid or metal and you have bump proof locks you have eliminated a high risk area.
It is always wise to have a Wide Angle Peep Hole installed in the door . If you have a Mail Slot in your door you might want to rethink your mail delivery, an experienced thief with a small arm or mechanical device could unlock your door.
So if we have Entry Doors under control lets venture one more to the Garage Door(s). Most Garage Doors use the same basic track. This track has holes in it so one is able to put a pin or padlock through the track and the door thus securing it. Just remember that its there before you open your door.
The next type of door is the sliding door. They come in various sizes and styles. The most common type of sliding door is a vinyl door. There are wooden ones, usually higher end, and of course there are still many aluminum doors around. Most sliders have a interlocking strip between them where they overlap when closed. This helps with the strength of the door and keeps the weather and prying tools out. Most vinyl doors have a lock or latch that doesn’t work well, thus putting the stick in the door. Sliding doors have wheels on the bottom of them and travel on a track. If the sliding door isn’t adjusted to the right height then they will be able to be lifted up and out. A simple adjustment can fix this, click ‘How to Raise a Sliding Glass Door‘.