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7 Must-Read Home Safety Tips

Worried about intruders breaking into your house? Check this out.

Original Article: Tara FT Sering Photography:

It takes approximately five minutes to pick a lock and a few more seconds later you’ll find burglars entering your home. What do you do to prevent this from happening? Rey de la Vega, head of security for Megaforce Security and Allied Services Inc. says you can do so with proper precautionary measures and a few gadgets from the hardware store. Check out his expert advice below: 

1. Go for locks made out of pewter or asero as it is the sturdiest and it is the hardest to destroy.

2. If you’re stepping outside, leave a light on that can be seen from the outside. The goal is to make it look like someone is always home.

3. If you haven’t installed a light over your back door, it’s time to consider having one. A bulb with 25 to 50 watts will act like a spotlight over anything fishy going on. Encase the blub in metal grilles so it can’t be smashed to bits.

4. If you’ll be having your house keys duplicated, don’t go to the neighborhood locksmith—try  mall-based services instead. You’ll enjoy greater anonymity and there are zero chances of being followed to your home.

5. There’s another entry point that you must secure: windows. It’s not enough that you have aluminum screens over them—what you must do is weld iron grilles. Have them built with hinges that lock from the inside so it will be easy for you to escape in case of fire.

6. Invest in a house alarm. You don’t need to be an expert to do it, too! Most hardware stores carry easy-to-install security alarm systems that can detect movement from 20 feet away.

7. Just to be extra safe, have a peephole with a fish-eye lens installed. This gives you a wide-angle view of the other side, so that you can inspect the stranger from head-to-foot without opening the door. However, if you aren’t expecting anyone, it’s best to keep that door closed. 

Read the original article (All locked up) in the July-August 2003 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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