Even though Naples is paradise, crime still happens from time to time. We especially know that after the burglary spree last winter. Luckily we know two guys who can help us be as safe as possible in our homes: Chris and Mike of NAPLES SECURITY SOLUTIONS. I recommend that you contact them to provide you with a customized home security assessment. In the meantime, I asked them to give us a few tips on how to be safe in our home.
A home security assessment is essential to identifying weaknesses that might provide an easy opportunity for a crime to occur. While nothing can make your home absolutely “burglar-proof,” these recommendations are intended to create security layers that, if implemented, can serve to reduce criminal opportunity and make it more difficult for someone to break into your home.
– House numbers should be readily visible from the street to help emergency responders locate your home
– Shrubs and trees should be pruned away from sidewalks, driveways, porches, doors, windows, and gates to eliminate hiding places
– Bushes under windows should be pruned below the sills
– Lighting should be directed to cover the front, rear, and sides of the house with motion-sensored twin spots, that are vandal-resistant and mounted under the roof eaves
– The best fence is one you can see through. Privacy fences provide privacy for residents AND burglars. Lock fence gates when feasible
– Every entrance door should have a convenient way of clearly seeing who is there without opening it
– Chain locks should not be used as a security device as they can easily be broken
– All exterior doors should be of a solid material, such as wood, metal cased, or fiberglass
– All exterior doors should be secured by a deadbolt lock
– Breakable glass in the door or within 40” (arm’s reach) is a concern which can be mitigated by the application of glass security laminates, acrylics, or break resistant glass
– The strike plate on the door frame receiving the deadbolt should either be reinforced with 2.5” to 4” case hardened steel wood screws, or further enhanced with a high security strike plate kit (recommended)
– Patio or French double doors should also utilize a good deadbolt into a stationary door that is secured by header and threshold bolts into metal strikes
– Sliding glass doors need extra security against prying and lifting
– The security of any operational window can be enhanced with a secondary lock or barrier to compliment the manufacturer’s latching systems
– All entry doors should be solid core or metal cased, with deadbolt locks, reinforced strike plates, and guard plates to hinder prying
– Overhead rolling doors should have a secondary locking system to compliment the electric opener
– Any windows should be secured by a secondary lock on or in the window track
– Doors and windows should be illuminated at night
A burglary alarm will not prevent a burglary. It will only hurry the offender. An alarm system is only an additional security layer. Consider installing one if the home is empty most of the day, or if you own collectibles, firearms, and other valuables.
The decision whether or not to own a firearm is both personal and important. If firearm(s) are located in the home, it is important that every authorized user of the weapon(s) be familiar with and proficient in its operation. A firearms training course is highly recommended for all users. It is extremely important that all firearms be stored in a manner that will prevent unauthorized access to or use of the weapon(s).
Additional Security Measures
– Standard security measures that can be taken with little cost or effort include restricting the number of keys to the home and changing locks if keys are ever lost or stolen
– Never hide keys outside, and ensure that gates are locked and fences or walls are in good condition
– Consider posting signs that may discourage intruders (for example, “member of neighborhood watch”, “house equipped with alarm system”, or “beware of dog”)
– It is also a good practice to participate in neighborhood watch program. Be familiar with neighbors and know their vehicles. Pay attention to any suspicious vehicles and if appropriate, notify the police of the driver’s description and license plate number.
Robust security measures may include:
– complete perimeter fencing
– surveillance cameras
– motion activated lighting
– Interior “safe” rooms
Contact Mike and Chris to have a complete assessment of your home’s security.
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