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1.  Remain vigilant when leaving and arriving home.


One of the vital lessons the ninja robbery story teaches us is the importance of remaining vigilant when leaving and arriving home. While we all deserve to feel safe in our homes, many burglars and other criminals rely on that false sense of safety to carry out their crimes.


To reduce your risk of being ambushed when arriving at or leaving your home, remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Be mindful of the places intruders like to hide, such as behind or within bushes, trees, fences, balconies, storage areas, and garages. If you enter and exit through a garage, be watchful for anyone who might attempt to slip in behind you as you pull in. Eliminating clutter and other items that pose as a potential hiding place in your garage and around your home is also a smart home security measure.


To increase your safety and field of view at night, ensure your home is equipped with outdoor security lighting. A system with motion-activated technology is highly recommended. In addition to automatically lighting your surroundings when you approach or exit your home, outdoor security lighting can have a startling effect on criminals and serve as a psychological deterrent.


2.            Never answer the door to a stranger.

It's a simple lesson we've been taught since we were kids, yet so many residents still open their doors when strangers come knocking. Whether it's out of politeness or the assumption that the person at the door is an innocent solicitor, it is never a good idea to open the door to someone you don't know.

Criminals come in all shapes and sizes—not to mention disguises. There are those who will even flash a badge in an attempt to pass themselves off as one of the good guys. So BEWARE! When someone knocks or rings your doorbell, use the peephole to see who's there. If you feel it's necessary to speak to the person, keep the door closed and locked at all times. Assert your right to say, "No," and instruct the person to leave. If they persist, call the police and/or activate your alarm system—a home security device every home should have.


Other home security technology that can be of great benefit to you and your family when strangers come knocking is the OnGARD wireless surveillance system. In addition to allowing you to keep an eye on the activity around the exterior of your property from multiple camera views, if someone comes to your door, you don't even have to get up. No matter what room you're in, you can simply look at the portable display monitor to see who's there.


3.  Reinforce the security of your home's most vulnerable entry points—the doors and windows.

If a criminal is going to enter your home, it's going to be through an easily accessible door or window. So it only makes sense to ensure these entry points are properly secured at all times—something that requires more than standard door and window locks. The following are two effective home security devices I highly recommend.


Security Door Brace


Experienced home intruders know how easy it is to bust through a locked door. Even when your door is locked with a deadbolt, a few forceful kicks or body slams is all it takes for today's flimsy door frames to give way. Not every criminal knocks—some like to use the art of surprise, and they are usually the more violent of home intruders.

An effective home security device for reinforcing main entry doors is an OnGARD security door brace. A security door brace is a simple, yet highly effective home security device that is specifically designed to prevent forcible entries.

With a quality security door brace in place, this relatively small, polymer device serves as a barrier that can withstand up to 1775 pounds of force. The device itself is less than $100, and it can be installed on most floor types in as little as 10 minutes. For added protection, consider installing a security door brace on other doors in your home that swing inward, such as a back entry door or the side door that allows entry from the exterior of your home into your garage.



Glass Protection Film


Even with the sturdiest of locks and anti-slide devices installed, they are of no use if the glass on your windows is not protected. That's where the technology behind today's ShatterGARD glass protection film comes into play.

When installed on the interior side of your windows, ShatterGARD glass protection film acts as an invisible barrier that keeps the glass intact, even when struck with a powerful force of a baseball bat, hammer, rock, or brick.


Breaking through glass that is coated with a quality security film such as ShatterGARD requires a lot of time and effort. Most intruders will give up before risking being detected or seen by someone who can identify them to the police. ShatterGARD glass protection film is fairly simple to install, and there are a variety of affordable glass protection kits to choose from, including a DIY French pane and sliding glass security film door kit.



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