posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 02:47 PM
What a great, useful, post! I hardened my home several years back because my chosen career was a restaurant/ bar manager. This resulted in my working
very odd hours, and my wife and newborn son being home alone many evenings. I did quite a bit of research, as well as contacted a couple of friends
who happen to be police investigators.
I'll try to add a few things that are quite simple, rather inexpensive, and useful, but first, we must keep in mind that every home is different, as
are the assumed reactions of those within. Firearms type of defense can be another, later topic.
The two greatest resources that we all have control over prior to an invasion, is time and deterence. In many ways, the stgeps are the same to achieve
both. A thug is looking for an easy meal, not a "Mission Impossible" type invasion.
A while back, I was replacing the doorfrom my attaqched garage to my home, so I did anexperiment. I wanted to see how long it would take for a
determined someone to get from inside my garage to my bedroom. I was stunned by what I discovered.
Seven seconds. That's what it took for me to kick in my door, scramble up my steps and reach my bedroom.
Let's start there. Yes, it it true that a lock is only as good as the door it's locking. That locked door is only as good as the way it's attached
to the house. Take a look at the screws that connect your hinges to the door frame. These should be long enough to go through the frame, and into the
second 2x4 of the frame of your home. Most are not.
Simply replacing these screws costs a couple of bucks, takes an hour or two, and is probably the single most effective step that I will mention.
Home security needs to be looked at in layers. The best door will not stop someone for long. I'm not including a 6in. thick, titanium, etc. door.
Let's be realistic!
In my case, lighting is my first line of deterence. I have nice, ornamental sconces around my house, but also have security flood lights. The flood
lights are somewhat ornamental, but are ir/motion sensitive. I seem to remember these cost between $15-$20. They claim to be detect out to 100 ft. but
this I have found the distance to be less. No matter, my driveway is 80ft. long. Not only will these lights (hopefully) deter, but they are a great
visual warning that something is moving. I can't tell you the number of nights I've noticed these kick on, looked out the blinds, and busted rabbits
and squirrels approaching. The extra half minute or more that this warning could give could save your life.
I have 2 entry doors in my backyard, and I have installed a 4 ft. high picket fence. The latch for entry is nothing special, but it is placed in an
odd spot. It doesn't hinder us coming or going, but someone unfamilar with the layout would have to look for a bit. Another few seconds in my
On top of that, my wife and I walk our 160 lb. Akita daily, and I have NRA stickers in the windows of my vehicles. I'd like to think that will also
cause some thugs to choose another victim.
I have to get back to work right now, but I'll post again later.
Again, great thread, S&F, as I feel this is so important. The time to harden isn't as someone is kicking your door in!