I thought I’d step a bit out of my Real Estate advice “lane” today (since I’ve already been swerving all over the road on this blog anyway), and suggest a few things I recently learned, that could greatly improve the safety of your home and belongings.
What inspired these tidbits of advice, was a presentation by the STATEWIDE Crime Prevention Task Force (cue the Dragnet music) to a business group I’m part of. While I had been content in the bliss of not having been recently assaulted, robbed or otherwise violated, I did know there were probably many out there who had not been so lucky, so here you go…
Let’s talk about your SLIDING GLASS DOORS. Most realtors have seen every contraption known to man to block access to burglars through sliding glass doors – the metal pin through the top, the plastic flippy thing you don’t see right away (which inspires a string of expletives, before you figure out why the door won’t open), the metal clamp locks (that mostly just annoy realtors, when they’re trying to show the house), then there’s the ever popular fallback, the sawed-off broom handle on the track! I hate to tell you, but none of these will do much good if a bad guy is really trying to get in, because all they have to do is lift the doors off their tracks and voila’.
So, what’s a homeowner to do? According to the CPTF, the most effective protection is a “sliding loop lock,” available for about $5 at a variety of hardware stores (Don’t you love a simple solution!) That or a 120-pound Rottweiler, will give you plenty of peace of mind, (although a cheaper idea to buying palettes of Purina is just to get a “Beware of Dog” sign, for about $1. – and, according to convict survey, is just as effective a deterrent, presuming you don’t post a picture of your teacup Yorkie, Snuffles, on the sign (I shouldn’t have to tell you this).
If you have a garage (that you can, actually get a car into) one of the favorite scenarios for that burglar, is to break into your garage, park, then have a leisurely time emptying out your house – maybe even have a few cookies and a little milk before he leaves, ‘cause, what the heck, you posted all those pictures of yourself skiing in Colorado, on FACEBOOK, and told everyone you’d be away until the 19th. Wahoo!
So, what’s the tip on the garage? You know that little rope in the middle with the handle (or bar) that hangs down if your power goes out so you can still open the door? Take a plastic zip tie and thread it through the release on the garage door. That way they can’t hook it with a hangar and pull it open, but you could still pull it open from the inside and release it in an emergency – easy, yes?
Many more protection tips await you, if you attend the full presentation! Exciting crimes to help you avoid, such as purse snatching, identity theft, and hotel break-ins! So, check out the seminar, given by Brian MacNeel and Protech Safety and Security Equip., Inc. I highly recommend it – very informative, and very funny! (would I recommend it if it wasn’t?)
Statewide’s number to book a seminar with Brian is 352-777-2152.