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Friday, March 30, 2012

Simple Home Security - The Denial of Area Strategy

Four-digit combination padlock.Four-digit combination padlock. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Original Article

Your home can often be made more secure by following a few simple security measures. Maintaining a safe distance is a major self defense strategy that is used on a personal level and can be readily applied to your home as well.  Using a denial of area strategy is one of the most effective means to maintain a higher level of home security. 
Any means or device that can be used to prevent an adversary from entering or crossing a specific area around your home will increase the level of your security. You will want to make it as hard as possible for them to even get close to your home without being detected. The type of device or the method used to do this doesn’t have to be totally effective and in a lot of cases it may not deter the individual who is determined to violate the security of your home. It just needs to make an approach to your home more difficult and time consuming. 
The goal of a denial of area strategy is to slow their progress, restrict their movements, limit their access or place them in a position where they may be discovered more easily. You may wish to avoid any strategies that may place you at a greater risk for personal injury (i.e., spreading broken glass outside your windows). The following security tips can help increase your level of home security.
Simple Home Security Tips
1. Deny them the cover of darkness. - Many times those seeking to violate the security of your home will prefer the cover of darkness to hide their activities. Installing good lighting outside your home that will illuminate all the entrances to your home and key areas of your yard will deny them a place to hide in the dark.
2. Deny them a safe place to hide. -  Many times thorny plants and shrubs located in strategic areas of your yard will deny them a place to safely hide. Many times they won’t be aware of the hazard you’ve provided for them until it’s too late.
3. Deny them easy access. - A good fence with locks on all gates is a good start. Forcing someone to climb a fence will slow them down and make it more time consuming for someone seeking to violate your security measures. Should someone actually get close to your home, properly installing door locks and securing your windows will slow them down even more.
Denying easy access to areas around your home is a simple way to increase the levels of your home security. 
Caltrops anyone?

Staying above the water line!

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