The FBI estimates that one in every thirty-six homes will be broken into annually. While this might not sound like a large number, consider the number of houses on your street. At least one will be burglarized according to these statistics.
More importantly, each break in costs homeowners more than $2,000 in damages. This totals to upwards of $4 billion each year. That’s saying nothing of your lost peace of mind and feelings of violation.
It’s clear that protecting your home is of the utmost importance. That’s where we enter the picture. Self Defense Superstore has everything you need for home security. What do you after you have the right equipment, though? How do you secure the outside of your house?
We’re glad you asked. Keep reading for three quick steps that will help you secure the outside of your house.
MAKE SURE YOUR DRIVEWAY IS SAFE
While some burglars will creep through bushes to get to your house, the vast majority simply walk up your driveway. This means that priority number one of burglary prevention is making sure your driveway is protected.
Part of this means making sure you have motion sensor lights for your driveway. Another part is getting to know your neighbors and having them give you or the police a call if they see anyone suspicious in your driveway or lawn.
Another part of securing your driveway is setting up an infrared wireless alert system. Our particular favorite is the Driveway Patrol. This small and easily concealed alarm has a range of 400 feet and runs on four batteries. You set up the motion detecting sensor outside, set up the alert inside, and rest easy knowing your driveway is safe.
SECURE YOUR WINDOWS
Making sure your windows are closed and locked is important, but sophisticated criminals can still cut through glass to enter your home. Not every burglar is going to be able to do this, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
This means making sure your windows are secured and can’t be opened more than a few inches. Not only will this keep robbers out, but it allows you to leave your windows cracked and get a nice cross breeze going through your house.
We highly recommend the Mace-Window Jammer to keep your windows secure. This neat little device clamps on to the inside track of your windows and allows them to be only be opened so much. The height is up to you, but a few inches should be more than enough. You can also use it to keep your children safe from opening windows too wide from the inside.
The best part? The Mace-Window Jammer is easy to install and can be set up within a couple of minutes.
SET UP A PROACTIVE DOOR ALARM
What do we mean when we say a “proactive door alarm?” Well, we’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill security system. We mean something that will stop would-be burglars in their tracks. We mean the Pepper Alarm.
This innovative device is one-part pepper spray and one-part alarm system. It’s the perfect solution to stopping intruders the second they enter your house. When triggered, it emits a loud siren and strobe lights. More importantly, it sprays pepper spray in the direction of your choosing. You can also set up an adjustable timer to make sure you don’t accidently spray yourself or your loved ones.
The Pepper Alarm is FCC certified and offers a wireless arm/disarm feature. You can set the entire thing up within fifteen minutes, hide it at the side of your front door, and start feeling secure immediately.
Now that you know how to secure the outside of your house, what are you waiting for? Find all the products mentioned above at Self Defense Superstore and have them all shipped for less than $6. That’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.