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Your house is your castle, you should think very carefully about how to prepare and protect your home, every situation is different but you as the responsible person can do a lot to improve the safety and security of you and your family.
Let us consider the structure, can you make it secure, is it possible to lock all doors and windows, if the answer to this is no, then the first thing you should do is to change this situation, if a determined thief wants to enter your home then it is a very simple thing to just break a window, but this is a very serious offence and most thieves will prefer an easier entry, so having deterred your thief and persuaded him to go elsewhere you can consider that job well done.
This how you must control your personal actions, keep your doors locked even when you are home, do not leave your car unlocked and don’t leave the keys on the hall table, there is a type of theft carried out by persons called pole thieves, they don’t break in, they just reach through any opening with a long pole and hook your valuables, keys, bags or jewelry.
You should have some form of self-defense, most thieves if they think you can defend yourself would prefer to go elsewhere, make sure that it is legal but keep a weapon where you can easily get at it, a stick or a pepper spray can be effective as a deterrent, if you cannot see who is at the front door have an optical peephole fitted.
For the front door you should invest in a good quality five lever mortise lock this together with a Yale type lock supplemented by an inner bolt and a sturdy chain is a massive deterrent, for the back door two good bolts will suffice and do not forget to fit a bolt on the side gate if you have one, it is no good if you can reach over and unbolt it, but you can fit a bolt with a combination lock built in.
Make sure that your garden shed has nothing valuable in it other than garden tools,fit it with a good lock and get into the habit of keeping it locked, do not keep your pribar in the shed under the stairs is a better option.
Fortunately with modern communication systems these dangerous situations can be monitored easily and warnings issued by local government, civil defense, police, local radio and television.Home Page - Prepare - house