Spring Home and Garden

2017

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"There is a pretty extensive list of items that you can either add on to your house or replace existing security with," said Lowe's assis- tant store manager Paul King. "If you're looking to upgrade on your door locks, you can use a com- bination of both the com- bination and handle locks. The deadbolt makes a tremendous dif- ference. It makes it very difficult to break in to your home." There are also add-on security latches for doors. The trick is to use the longest screws you can find to fasten them to your doors, King said. "Most of the time, when you see a door that's been crashed through, the back side of the door jam is already blown out," he said. "Then the door can swing freely. The screws are too short so it blows out the side. With longer screws that go into the framing, it adds some additional strength." Lowe's also has some- thing calling Door Armor that will increase dead- bolt security one hun- dred fold. Chris Fann, mill work sales specialist, said it basically reinforces the weak point of the door. "A lot of times, if you ever notice when some- body kicks in a door, they kick for the handle," Fann said. "That's because they're trying to kick the weakest point of the door. Door Armor reinforces that weak point and makes it hard- er to kick through. "It's not to say they can't get through it, but it definitely adds extra protection. And they're going to have to put forth a lot more effort to get through that door. Most of the time, if it's harder to get into a home, a bur- glar is going to give up trying to get in. Most of the time, they're trying to get in quickly, grab whatever they can get their hands on and get out quickly. If you cause them too much effort, a lot of times they will give up and are out of there." If you have sliding windows in your home, you can get add-on win- dow locks. There are also locks that you can put on your pull-up windows to make them harder to get into. Or you can simply put dowels on each side of your pull-up window. "It doesn't matter what it looks like," King said. "Extra security is extra security," he said. Motion lights are a good security measure for outside the home. King said it's a good idea to have several of them because crooks don't want to be seen. If you already have outside lighting that you have to turn on and off, you can get a motion sen- sor to add to them. King said some motion detector lights stay on all the time and others you can set to come on when it gets dark. "Any time you can light up your house, it's more security," he said. "If a crook doesn't know that you have motion sensor lights, it will startle him when he walks by. Nobody's going to want to be seen if they're doing something they're not supposed to be doing." King also suggested lighting up your walk- ways or any other place you can to deter thieves. He recommended having lights in at least two cor- ners of your home. And the higher up you put the lights, the better. He said most of the time, people put them under the eaves of their roof and point them in differ- ent directions. Having motion detec- tors on your doors and windows is also a good idea. King said a lot of times, if a crook just sees motion detectors on your doors and windows, he will tend to skip your house and go on to another. "And with wireless technology now, crooks don't know if you've got an alarm or not, and they can't just cut the wires going into the house to disarm it," he said. Lowe's has some basic security components such as a security system in a box that comes with motion-activated lights and a system to record what is happening out- side your home. The security system is controlled through a smart phone, King said. So, with cameras, you can log in and see if somebody is at your front door or even in your house. An alarm will go off is somebody does come to your door, so you don't have to constantly check your phone — which is good if you are at work or on vacation. "Some of the security systems actually allow you to communicate through the speaker," King said. "Prices have come down and they con- tinue to drop." If you just can't afford motion sensor lights, motion detectors or another form of security for your home, you can also get dummy lights that will potentially scare off a crook. Or you can put a security sys- tem sign in your yard — even if you don't have a security system — and most times, that will be enough to deter a crook. • An alarm system is another way to protect your home. Andy Forrester with Carolina Phone and Alarms said a basic alarm system usually consists of putting switches on all the entry doors and a motion detec- tor somewhere in the middle of the house. As soon as the motion detec- tor senses some move- ment inside the house while armed, it ill go off. "The way the systems are designed now and have been for a while, you can tell the system whether you're staying home or whether you're leaving," Forrester said. "A motion detector is only good for when you're not at home. "At night, you'd put it in what's called a stay mode. It would arm the door switches and glass break detectors and win- dow switches if you have them, but bypasses the motion detector, which gives you the ability to move around." Forrester said when you leave the house, you can tell the system you are going away and it will arm the motion detectors, too. "If somebody enters the house any way besides the door, and they cross the path of the motion detector, then it will set the alarm off," he said. "If someone opens your door while it's armed, it will go off instantly. Nor- mally there's what's called a delayed door. It's the door that people come in and out of the most. So it will give them a few seconds to get to the keypad and turn it off." Forrester said with today's technology and it being wireless, a lot of times homeowners can disarm their system before they ever enter the home, using a cell phone or a wireless key just like you have for your car. Forrester said if you want the most security you can get, it would include switches on all your points of entry, doors and windows. You could also get a glass break detector so if some- body breaks the glass, the alarm would go off. "Everybody's level of comfort is different," he said. "It depends on how much security you want. You can start with the basics, and if later, you decide you want more, you can get more. You can always add to a system." When your alarm does go off, it goes to a moni- toring company. All your information pops up on a screen at the company, including a call list. "They'll make one phone call to determine whether the alarm is accurate, if it's real or not," Forrester said. "If they don't get a satisfac- tory answer, then they'll call 911." You can also add a video camera surveil- lance system to your home. Forrester said it will record what's hap- pening around your home. Although it won't prevent a burglary, it may help the police find the burglar. Forrester said a securi- ty system gives people peace of mind. "More people will get an alarm system to pro- tect their life's safety rather than to protect their property," he said. "In general, burglars are cowards. They don't want a confrontation. They're going look for homes that are unoccu- pied. They're going pay attention to you before they break in your home, when you are coming and going." When you have an alarm system, the com- pany puts signs in your yard and decals for every window and door in your home. "So no matter where a burglar approaches your home, they can be made aware of the fact that there's an alarm system in the house. Generally, they'll move on to the next home where they don't see that kind of information." News-Argus/SETH COMBS There are a variety of security systems available to fit any budget. In some cases, a sign is enough to deter a would-be intruder. Above are sensors that can be affixed to windows and doorways that produce an alarm when the door or window is opened.The sensors are extremely affordable. News-Argus/SETH COMBS A wireless security camera can be placed inside or outside of your home and are readily available at your local hardware store, like this one from Lowe's. News-Argus/SETH COMBS Motion-activated security lights, like this one from Lowe's, can decrease the likelihood that an intruder could access exterior areas of your home while remaining undetected. Protect your home from intruders ■ You can add a deadbolt or other locks or install a camera security system. News-Argus/SETH COMBS A home security pad will give any homeowner added peace of mind when making sure his or her home is protected against break-ins. The pad comes in many styles, like this one at Carolina Phone and Alarms. Do you know of someone who has an unusual hobby or an interesting hobby of some kind? Or someone who does something special? How about a civic group or other organization that's doing a lot of things in the community? We're looking for stories like this, with lots of photo possibilities, to use as features for the Life&Family section. Send your ideas to bbarclay@newsargus.com

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