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Is my home baby safe? Important security aspects to take into consideration when baby comes home

Is my home baby safe? Important security aspects to take into consideration when baby comes home

You’ve spent months waiting or your precious bundle of joy to come home. The time has finally come, and with a shock you realise that your home is not baby safe. It’s still a while before the little one starts wondering around, but all of a sudden everything in your house resembles scenes from a warzone. Everything is a threat. Apart from the most obvious issues like power outages, the following needs to be taken into consideration when making your home baby proof.

 

Dangling wires and hanging tablecloths

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Home security necessities to incorporate as a first time home buyer: things you probably didn’t consider

Home security necessities to incorporate as a first time home buyer: things you probably didn’t consider

You’ve recently gotten married, and the studio apartment worked well for you as a bachelor, but you are now looking for something that is a little better suited to you and your spouse. House hunting is more than just finding your dream home. It’s about finding a home that provides both comfort and security. Comfort is per your personal choice, but an area often overlooked is the security aspect. If you are buying into an area that is generally known to be peaceful, apart from a few teenagers who get a little out of hand sometimes, small measures can be taken to ensure that your property is a bit safer.

 

The area seems fine, but the neighbors have burglar bars

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A home in the mountains: security aspects that need to be considered before you buy across town or border

A home in the mountains: security aspects that need to be considered before you buy across town or border

The moment we think security, we immediately think of safeguarding our possessions against would-be criminals. This is an important aspect, but something that also needs to be taken into consideration when you decide to buy a property, especially in a remote location, is whether it is safe to do so. We would expect that all laws apply in all countries and places, but what would be a condemned building in one country, could just be the standard of living in another.

 


A house on the lake

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About Lock Bumping-Home Security Threats

About Lock Bumping-Home Security Threats

Lock bumping has become popular in the recent years.  This is because, most homeowners use cylinder locks for securing their homes. The problem with these locks is that they are easily manipulated, even with the simplest of tools.  Burglars use a special key, which is inserted into the lock and then, using as mallet they knock, so that the door opens without any hustle.  The bump key is readily available, even on the Internet. Since, the technique is not the preserve of experts, any thief or intruder can use to get into your home. Of all the existing home security threats, lock bumping is the easiest to run, for many burglars.

How old is lock bumping?

Lock bumping is not a new term; it has been largely used by locksmiths to get access to locks, which do not have keys.  Precisely, it has been in use for over 50 years, though the criminal world did not know of it.  Lock picking was the only way for thieves to get into people’s homes, which required training and specialized tools. This produces a lot of noise and leaves an indication, that there was a break in. On the contrary, lock bumping is relatively fast and quiet. In 2002, this technique was categorized as a security concern, by the authorities.

Prevention tips for a possible lock bumping incidence

Lock bumping has become an asset to burglars and all thanks to the Internet; they have all the information and they need to acquire the needed skills. However, you can prevent your home from being a victim of this criminal technique and other home security threats. Here are some of the measures you should take:

•    Employ chain latches on your exterior doors, if you are yet to. While this may not prevent a case of lock bumping, but it will bar the burglars from accessing your indoors. They are an inexpensive way of keeping thieves away.

•    Engage the services of a locksmith to modify your locks. They can add more pins to the lock, to make it unbearable for burglars to execute the process. This will take them sometime, before the door can give in, which means they can easily be caught. Modifying the locks is more cost effective than replacing them.

•    If possible replace the existing locks, with bump-resistant locks- Although they are more expensive, these locks do not bulge into lock bumping. The beauty with them is that you can save cost by performing a DIY installation. There are resources online, on how to fix locks and also instructions are well outlined on the package, when you buy.

•    Invest in a home security system- This will manage all the available home security threats. Most systems are able to send an alert to you and to the local authorities, when the locks are compromised.

Lock bumping is one of the most common home security threats. Make sure you apply the above measures, to prevent your locks from being accessed. However, ensure that you also prevent thieves from finding an easy ride to your property by locking doors and windows, as well as any other entry point.

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Guard Dogs for Home Security- Do you Need One?

Guard Dogs for Home Security- Do you Need One?

Owning a guard dog may be instrumental to your property and family. It is an adequate deterrent for potential thieves, but you have to be fully prepared to handle the responsibilities of having an animal in your home.  Guard dogs for home security, do not have to be trained, the presence of a barking dog in your yard is enough to keep intruders away. These animals have a great hearing, which enables them to sense strangers in your yard. They are naturally made to bark over, when they detect strange noises. Dogs act just like alarms. All the same, let’s explore the cons and pros of using a dog to secure your home.

Pros

Guard dogs for home security are a great addition to an existing security system. They are always alert regardless of whether the system is on or not.  They are able to detect strange movements, people, and noises and they alert you accordingly. Depending on the breed and the training given to the particular dog, it can even provide physical protection, if an intruder gets into your property.  Furthermore, bringing a guard dog home may mean starting a longtime relationship with these ever-loyal creatures. Dogs are intensely protective of their masters. Hence, you can rest assured that nothing will go wrong, as long as they are around.

Cons

For guard dogs to be fully functional and offer the much-needed security, there is needed for regular attention and maintenance. The dog must be healthy, well fed and treated right, for you to enjoy the security benefits it offers. It is important to understand that a dog is a living creature and not similar to your other security devices. It needs food, play, affection, and shelter. If you are not ready cater for the aforementioned responsibilities, do not invest in guard dogs for home security yet.

Dogs do also need regular health checkups among other amenities. You will need to be in close proximity to the dog, to ensure its safety. For instance, if you are traveling out of town, you may have to find somebody to take care of its needs when you are out of town.
Tips for using a guard dog

•    Buy your chosen security dog, when it is still young. There is a benefit to this, since puppies are easier to train and you can control their environments.

•    Choose a great dog- While any dog will be better than having none, there are breeds, which are the best guard dogs. They include Boxers, Akitas, and German shepherds. For homes, bigger breeds are great but for apartments, go with Airedale Terrier.

•    Get a professional trainer to handle the puppy. Ensure that they treat the dog well during the training; otherwise, you will end up with a traumatized animal.

•    Take your dog on a trip around the perimeter of your property, when it first lands in your home. This way, it will get to know its surroundings and hence, be sensitive to anything strange, which comes close to the perimeter.

With the above information, you can tell whether a guard dog could be a part of your security system. All the same, guard dogs for home security can be a good supplement to your existing systems.

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