Boosting your home security

7:10 AM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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Whether you're leaving town for a vacation or just leaving the neighborhood to run a few errands, it's easy for busy people to become careless and leave their home vulnerable to break-ins. In this week's "Angie's List report", three ways you can make your home more secure without spending a fortune.

Angie Hicks says "If you're concerned about security around your home a great improvement is to install deadbolts on your doors. This can be done for about $100 a lock."

It's a lesson this homeowner learned the hard way... When a bike and snowblower were stolen from her garage.

Katie says: "I'm not a fearful person. I tend to be careful, but not fearful. So more than anything, I was just really really frustrated and irritated and a little, more than a little angry. And secondly felt a little foolish because the side door of the garage had been-was unlocked. It had an old lock on it, we didn't have a key, so it wasn't secured."

Angie says: "When selecting a lock you need to realize that not all locks are created equally so you want to check with the American National Standards Institute to find the rating for each lock you are considering."

She goes on "Before you invest in locks for your door the first thing you want to do is make sure you have a good door because it doesn't do any good to put a lock on a bad door. Check your door frame to make sure it's in good condition and then make sure you've got a solid door. If you knock on the door a solid door will sound "dead" when you knock while a hollow door is going to echo."

Lighting Contractor Ralph Redmond says, "A lighting system will keep you safe, your home safe in a couple of ways. One is well lit pathways, stairways and safer to navigate, plus you'll be able to see tripping hazards if those exist. The other thing is that those of criminal intent would prefer to work under the cover of darkness, so a well-lit home will discourage those sorts of activities."

"When installing security lighting the key here is to make sure you are using it properly. Lights that are left on all the time are often ignored and may not be a sign that you are actually home. Using lights that are on sensors are a much better choice."

It's also wise to have a security lighting plan for the inside of your home, especially if you plan to be away for an extended period of time. The best timers have a "random" settings so there is no fixed pattern to signal that you're not really home.

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