How a Mister Sparky Electrician in Huntsville, AL can Improve Your Home Security.
Both burglary and home invasion is on the rise. Burglary occurs in an unoccupied residence, while a home invasion occurs when residents are home. The following home security tips can assist you in deterring criminal activity in your home, and provide the precious time needed to call for help. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can assist you in achieving improved home security.
Interior lighting will create the illusion of occupancy at night when you are not home. Timers for lights are inexpensive and turn lights on and off to facilitate an occupied appearance while you are away. Duplicate your normal routine. For example, if you sit in the recliner after arriving home from work at 5:15 pm, have the light in the living room set to turn on at 5:15 pm ad normal. If other lights are turned on along the way, set them accordingly. The same type of timers will turn on radios or television sets to mimic your normal home routines and the illusion of occupancy. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide assistance in keeping your home safe and secure.
Outdoor lighting is essential in home security. The purpose of effective lighting is to reveal a threat or suspicious person. Exterior lighting should illuminate 100 feet, and always be on a timer to establish the appearance of occupancy. Leaving a light on day and night is a red flag to would be burglars that you are not home.
Security lights with motion sensors are reasonably priced, and easily replace a porch light. The heat-motion sensor adjusts to detect body heat and can be programmed to reset after one minute or longer. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the professional installation you need.
•Install a solid core or steel door for all entrances
•Install a quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock with a one-inch bolt
•Install a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate into a wooden doorframe
•Install a wide-angle 160° peephole
The most common way criminals force entry through a door is to kick it open. The weakest point is the lock strike plate that holds the latch or lock bolt in place. The second weakest point is a glass-paneled door. The average door jamb is constructed of soft wood door moldings that are easily torn away with a firm kick. Upgrading to a four-screw, heavy-duty, high security strike plate is worth the extra cost. Install the heavy-duty strike plate with 3-inch wood screws that will secure deep into the framing stud. Use 3-inch wood screws in the knob lock strike plate, and at least two long screws in each door hinge for an extra layer of protection that deters forced entries through the door.
Sliding Door Security
• Utilize a secondary blocking device in the track on all sliding glass doors
• Install anti-lift devices such as through-the-door pins or upper track screws
• Apply highly visible alarm decals, beware of dog decals or block watch decal on the door
Safe rooms are not necessarily costly installations. Select an interior room or extra-large closet lacking windows or skylights.
Install a solid core wood or steel door that opens outwards. Replace the wooden door jamb with a steel jamb or reinforce the door trim with steel angle iron to prevent the door from being kicked open. Interior wood door jambs are also vulnerable. Therefore, install three-inch screws in the door hinges and into a heavy-duty, four-screw, lock strike plate that will cut deep into the framing studs.
Ensure a cell phone is available, a first aid kit, food, water and weapons and an electrical outlet and spare cell phone charger. To prevent intruders from forcing entry through the wall or ceiling install wire or steel sheeting to the framing. Cover it with sheetrock for an aesthetically pleasing appearance. A light and ventilation should be provided, and consider personal hygiene needs. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical services that you need.
When you utilize these home security tips, your family can feel more secure. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can install the additional lighting, outlets, intercoms, cameras and/or timers needed to improve your home security. Call today to schedule electrical service with our licensed electricians. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL is ready to take your call. We serve the North Alabama region.