Since 1907 with the exception of the years between 1941-1953, Detroit has played host to one of the worlds most unique exhibits of automotive ingenuity and creativity. Each year, right here in the Motor City, Michigan homeowners get a rare opportunity to see and sometimes even get into some of the most extraordinary cars money can buy. The North American International Auto Show has blown into town drawing Michigan residents from the surrounding suburbs into the heart of downtown Detroit.
Wednesday evening, as my wife and I set out to see the Detroit Red Wing game in downtown Detroit, I quickly realized that it would be no ordinary evening in the city. See President Barack Obama, aboard the impenetrable Air Force 1, had decided that he too would visit the auto show held at Cobo Hall only minutes from historic Joe Louis Arena, home of the Champion Detroit Red Wings.
So, why am I talking about the Detroit Auto Show, the Red Wings and President Obama? Well, as I approached downtown Detroit it became clear that as a result of Mr. Obama’s visit, security was at an all time high! All of this additional security surrounding one man got me thinking about just how secure are the homes of most Michigan homeowners? I think most of us would like to think that bad things don’t happen in our neighborhood.
I’m sure you have said these very same words, “We live in a great neighborhood and crime isn’t really a problem here.” In reality there is a home invasion every 14.6 seconds in the United States and your home could be next. There are a few simple steps however that you can take to protect the precious cargo within the 4 walls of your beautiful home. Let’s take a look…
1. Make Sure Your Doors Are Secure
- An estimated 1/3 of all home invasions occur as a result of a burglar entering through the front door. Yup, that’s right, 1 out of every 3 burglars come right through the front and center, main entry door of your home. A simple inspection of all the entry doors in your home will help discover the unknown intrusion weaknesses. Look for loose door jambs, rotted wood, and loose door hinges as these problems will cause weakness to your entry door systems. If your entry doors are not equip with peepholes or deadbolts, have them installed as they add additional security at a low price. A custom entry door can give your home beauty and character but sacrificing security for looks may cost you in the long run.
2. Purchase A Security System
- Every home should have a security system. Whether you live in a great neighborhood or one where crime is more prevalent, a home security system is a must. Home security systems can be as basic as a phony camera mounted above all your entry doors or as extensive as a fully integrated monitoring system that can be controlled through your smart phone. When deciding on a system consider motion sensors, window and door sensors along with carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
3. Meet Your Neighbors
- This might seem simple but it is quite effective in preventing a future home invasion. By forming a good relationship with people who live around you, they will go out of their way to keep an eye on your home while you are out-of-town. If your neighbors know you, then they more than likely know your routine. If they see something out the ordinary they will be more apt to call you when something seems fishy. If your neighbors don’t know you then they don’t know your number, if they don’t know your number then they can’t call if there is a problem. Get to know your subdivision mates today!
4. Light Up Your Home
- According to the FBI, the majority of home invasions take place during the day. This doesn’t however mean that you shouldn’t be concerned about your home at night. Lighting up your home with low voltage landscaping lights will allow those new neighbors you just met to see any suspicious activity around your home during the night. Someone trying to break into your home may think twice if they are lite up with a motion sensor spotlight.
5. Install New Secure Windows
- Your old home windows are probably not the most secure. Coupled with rotting wood and locks not strong enough to keep a defiant teenage out, the windows in your home may be the perfect access point any burglar is looking for. Replacement windows today are equip with numerous additional security features including heavy-duty locks, ventilation stops and even security screens meant to keep a wild lion out! As many as 23% of home invasions occur through a 1st story window. Don’t let an old window be the reason you lose everything valuable in your home.
Securing our homes against unwanted intrusion is something every homeowner has on their mind. By following a few simple steps you can minimize your exposure to this life changing situation.
Here at Pure Energy Window Company we take home security very seriously. If your home windows are not as secure as they should be, give Pure Energy a call today to see the many new window security options that exist for your home. Call Pure Energy or click below to schedule a FREE No Obligation In-Home Consultation!
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