How to be secure?


If I don't have a security system, what is the best way to secure a back or front door from intruders?

  6 answers
  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Sep 07, 2018
    Hi Nona, a dead bolt lock and locks on your screen door is the most secure lock. Be sure you have a metal door. Outdoor lighting is another security feature. We have motion lights outside and no intruder likes to be in the light. Good luck

  • Oliva Oliva on Sep 07, 2018

    Dead bolts, home owner installed alarm systems (some with 100 decibel alarms), glass break alarms, vertical slide bolts that are mounted into a ceiling lock, door locks that get installed on the floor, behind the closed door and must be physically removed to open door, extra long mechanisms that are part of door security locks, video doorbell systems, etc.

  • William William on Sep 07, 2018

    If you don't have one, install a deadbolt lock. Use longer screws in the lockset strike plate. Remove one screw per hinge and screw in longer screws. If solid doors with no glass install peepholes in the doors. Cover any glass with frosted or translucent contact paper.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 07, 2018

    Our local police did a series of talks about home security, Nona. They said the top three things a homeowner could do were to: 1. Install good locks, and a camera system if we could afford one. 2. Have bright lights that are either switched on by motion or a timer. 3. Have a loud dog. We have two out of three. ☺️

  • Our police said the same as what Jewell has mentioned. I have really good locks, motion lights everywhere, gate locked unless I am out doing yard or garage work, and there are 3 or more dogs at my house at any given time. I have someone in my house if I take a rare vacation to care for the pets. And I also have timers on various lamps around the house which I switch around. Where I live used to have no crime whatsoever, but then again hardly anyone lived here. Fast forward 20 years and a podunk nowhere town now has housing developments, shops and people . . . And now crime. Security systems and especially cameras are being installed everywhere. At some point I am going to have to break down and install some myself, but I really don't want to.

  • Cindy Cindy on Sep 07, 2018

    Hi Nona. I'm Cindy. We had a security system installed last year. It was offered to us from our Cable Company. We had to sign a 2-year contract but it only increased our cable bill $5. We also pay less on our Homeowner's Insurance now that we have the security system. So it's a win/win for us. In the meantime, put a kitchen chair on a slant under your door knobs. The door will not open from the other side.