Top 4 Home Security Weaknesses


Home security systems include a wide variety of features, from basic magnetic door and window sensors, to more advanced features like interior motion sensors and keychain remotes. But while your security provider will talk all about what they DO offer, what weaknesses are they NOT talking about?

To be clear, some of these weaknesses can be the homeowner’s fault too, so take responsibility for your home security.

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1. Garage Door

Garage doors are one of the most common targets for burglars; fortunately security companies realize this, and have begun securing garage doors as well as any other door. Be sure to close your garage door any time you leave or head inside for the night.

Automatic garage doors have a safety release latch that burglars have figured out how to disengage: Learn how to secure it. Additionally, request that your security provider help you secure the garage with aninterior motion sensor. Finally, be sure to lock the door from your garage to your house with a latch and deadbolt, just like you would any exterior door.

2. Top Floor

Ground floor door and window sensors are a security standard, but if you don’t have sensors on your upstairs windows, you are subjecting yourself to entry nonetheless. Trim back overhanging trees, and be sure that your security provider installs window sensors upstairs as well as down.

Second floor window security is doubly important, because you should not install the sliding window locks that can fortify your little-used ground floor windows, in case a fire precludes you from escaping down the stairs.

3. Doggy Doors

Door sensors do not secure doggy doors. Burglars may kick these in and reach up to unlock the door. Fortunately, you can take a few simple steps to secure doggy doors:

  • Install dual-cylinder deadbolts, which can only be unlocked by a key from the inside as well as out.
  • Install a stronger, more secure doggy door that features a metal frame, and double or triple flaps in addition to a locking security cover for when the door is not in use.
  • Utilize a motion sensor provided by the security company in the room with the doggy door, in case the burglar gets that door open anyway.

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4. Basement Windows

Look at your house through the eyes of a burglar—do the basement windows look poorly secured? If so, they’re guaranteed targets. Install window sensors on basement windows, or if that is not an option, consider window bars. Even a small basement window may be large enough for a petit intruder if you don’t secure it.

Publicize your in-home security: If burglars think your house will be a hassle to rob, then they won’t likely rob it. Be proactive in securing your house, and when you notice an area that needs improvement, work with your security provider to protect your castle.

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Updated on: November 10, 2015

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