Property crime security strategies can be broadly classified into three categories, often referred to as the “Three D’s” of security. These are deterrence, denial and detection. Effective layering and integration of these tactics will greatly enhance your safety, security and peace-of-mind. In this post, we briefly detail each and provide some specific tactics to put them to use to protect yourself, your home and your family.
The First “D” – Deterrence
Burglars are basically lazy and will usually take the “path of least resistance.” You can make your home or business look too risky to a criminal by using some of these techniques.
- Place inside lights, and even a TV and stereo, on a timer when there is when your business is closed or no one is home.
- Don’t stop your mail, water, newspaper or other deliveries when you are away. Instead, have someone pick these items up for you.
- If you have a security system, make sure you post signs and window decals warning potential intruders that your premises are protected.
The Second “D” — Denial
Two-thirds of all burglars break in through doors. The remaining one-third get in through a window. Denial involves making these points-of-entry as impenetrable as possible by taking the following kinds of precautions:
- After moving into a new home or business location, immediately replace all of the locks.
- Use interconnecting deadbolt locks. And make sure your deadbolts require a key on both sides of the door for access. (For fire safety purposes, leave the key inside the lock on the interior to facilitate an escape.)
- Sliding glass doors are especially vulnerable. Make sure they are secure by pinning them, which will take care of both horizontal and vertical movement.
- Look for especially vulnerable points-of-entry and fix them. Chances are good others know about them, too.
The Third “D” — Detection
No matter how well you incorporate the first two “Ds” in your home defense strategy, a criminal may still decide to violate your home. Here are some techniques to help ensure that he is detected and apprehended if he does:
- Professional burglars will tell you that it is often concerned neighbors looking out for one another who detect them committing their crimes and call the police.
- Install a quality home security system that is monitored on a continuous, 24-hour a day basis by a professional security company. Studies show that homes with a security system are 3 times less likely to be burglarized than homes without a system.
- A survey by the International Association of Chiefs of Police also showed that more than 90% of Police Chiefs believe in the value of a monitored home security system.