Nikki on: Inexpensive Home Security

June 18, 2010 sexyknees
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Double protection: metal rod AND wooden dowel

Typical door/window alarm

Door jam

Me enjoying the simple security!

As an attractive individual who works hard for the things she owns, I tend to take home security very seriously.  Living in an apartment limits my ability to protect my domicile to an extent which I would consider adequate.  Additionally, being that I barely squeak by every month  with my bills I am unable to afford some of the more expensive options.  However, there are quite a few inexpensive ways to add significant security to your home and still have enough money left over to grab dinner at your favorite restaurant.  Consider the following:

1)  Protect your sliding doors. If you have sliding glass doors, buy a metal tube – or at the very least a length of PVC piping – and cut it down so that it fits in the rail groove.  Once in place, anyone whom is able to override the lock and drop bar will not be able to slide the door open.  What I use on my sliding doors are very heavy metal pipes with end caps.  They fit snugly into the rail groove so that a coat hanger cannot lift them out of place.  Be sure to leave at least 1″ between the end of the pipe and the door edge so that you can lift it in order to exit.  This simple solution will cost you no more than $5 per tube.

2)  Buy a door jam. You can purchase a metal door jam from Lowes or Home Depot for $25 and sleep better at night.  They are sturdy and will prevent even the most intent intruder from entering.  Just be sure that you do not polish the floor where you place your jam base!

3)  Buy door and window alarms. They are loud, annoying, and will probably be ignored by your neighbors, but at least you will know if you are being invaded.  These simple devices are available at Lowes and Home Depot for $6 to $15 each.  Place them in an unlikely location on your door (such as by the floor) and on any suitable surface of your windows.  Make sure to test them regularly to ensure the batteries are functioning.

4)  Change your doorknobs. You may not be allowed to change your exterior doorknobs and locks if you live in an apartment, but you can do anything you wish with the interior ones.  What I do is replace the provided doorknobs with double deadbolts (the kind which require a key on both sides).  If I go out of town, I put anything valuable which is immediately visible in a closet which has a deadbolt.  I also make things even more unappealing for a would-be thief by securing other rooms with deadbolts as well.  Of course, it is easy to get around these locks given time, but the longer someone has to mess around in your place the more chance he/she will get caught.  If you make your home a less attractive target, the smaller the possibility you will get robbed.

Another advantage of the deadbolt is that you can create a makeshift panic room.  Select an interior room with walls which would be difficult to kick in and a door which is relatively solid (a bathroom is usually a good choice).  If someone is trying to get to you, run inside and lock the deadbolt with the key (be sure to make the key accessible from inside the room).  It is far less easy to force your way into a room with a deadbolt lock than a doorknob – there is nothing to grab.  You may want to consider leaving a spare cell phone in your panic room just in case.

5)  Consider a motion sensor for your main room as well as your porch and/or balcony. They may cost you a bit more than you wish to spend, but at least you will be aware of approaching visitors.  Again, Lowes and Home Depot are good places to buy simple but effective systems.

6)  Get to know your neighbors. If you are anything like me, you enjoy your privacy and do not want to be greeted every time you leave your home.  However, there is a wonderful benefit with being part of a close community – security.  If you feel you can trust your neighbors you can ask them to keep an eye on your home whenever you are gone.  Take it from me – it is very reassuring whenever I am out of town knowing that my place is being closely watched by neighbors on all 4 sides as well as across the street and downstairs!

7)  Keep your porch/balcony light on at night. If anyone approaches, you might not notice but your neighbors may.  Also, anything to delay a threat is good – thieves, rapists, and thugs don’t like to be seen.

8)  Know your surroundings. Of course, when approaching your door from outside be aware of anything which may be hiding in the bushes or behind objects.  Additionally, it is a very good idea to memorize where everything is located within your home.  If anything has moved since you left you may have an unwanted visitor.  It is also a great idea to take photos of your rooms and keep a log of all your valuables, including serial numbers.  This way, if you have been robbed the police will have something to go by when conducting their investigation.

9)  Use your peephole. If you don’t recognize the person at your door, be careful.  A resident of my neighborhood was murdered recently when she opened the door for a stranger.  Although I hate the idea of living in fear, it is important to practice a little bit of caution.

10) Lock your doors and windows, even if you live upstairs. None of the above is worth a darn if you don’t lock your doors and/or windows!  And if you think that living upstairs guarantees your safety you are wrong – my incredibly short friend got into her second-story apartment by having her boyfriend lift her up to the balcony.  If she can do it, then someone intent on robbing or assaulting you certainly can as well.

Well, I hope the above has been helpful.  The likelihood that your home will get broken into or you assaulted is low, but it is always better to be safe rather than sorry!

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  • 1. ky  |  June 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    thankies for the home security tips Nikki! i really appreciate it hon *kiss* i know i wouldnt want someone bursting into my home when im in a passionite kiss with a beautiful TG *giggles*

  • 2. Jim  |  October 17, 2010 at 5:28 am

    All good advice, I like the portable door/window alarms and the dead-bolted closet. I would add one more measure: exterior motion-detector lights in back or side yards, besides the porch light.

    • 3. sexyknees  |  October 20, 2010 at 4:02 am

      I absolutely agree! I am a huge supporter of the power company as I have a tremendous amount of both interior and exterior lighting. It looks mood-oriented, but honestly serves as a neighbor-friendly security measure. If you can install them, I suggest you go ahead and do it!


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