Guide to Residential Perimeter Security

Physical Security addresses actions you can take to protect buildings, property, and assets against intruders. When designing a physical security program, the three levels you need to protect are your outer perimeter, your inner perimeter, and your interior. If you can implement two or three forms of security at each level, then you will more than likely have an effective physical security system.

Inner Perimeter Security

Don't let a burglar walk-in and out with your tv, laptop, or jewelry? Before you leave your home, make sure you close and lock the windows and doors. Secure second-story windows that can be easily accessed by climbing on patio furniture, gutters, or lattice. Some criminals seem to think they have super-powers like Santa Clause. So, even your 2nd story points of entry should always be secure.

Always keep your doors secure with a deadbolt style lock. And make sure the deadbolt hardware is properly installed, especially the strike plate. The strike plate is the small plate where the deadbolt connects with the door's frame. It needs to be attached to the frame using two inch screws. Only use single cylinder deadbolt locks. Double cylinder deadbolt locks can be a fire hazard. Check your sliding style windows out. If they're locked you shouldn't be able to slide, rise, or remove them from the track.

Outer Perimeter Security

Outer perimeter security is all about visibility and access control. We can't all have a military-grade barricade setup in the suburbs, but you can secure your outer perimeter against intrusion. Maintain visibility with solar landscape lighting. Take extra care to illuminate any natural points of entry such as gates and driveways. If you have bushes and shrubs, are they in a place that might give criminals a hiding place? What about your vehicle? Is it parked in a well-lit area and do you keep it locked at all times? Finally, consider fencing. If your house has a fence, make sure it is in good repair and that there are no weak spots. Keep gates closed at all times, and honestly, you might NOT want to fix a squeaky gate hinge. Criminals don't like to make noise, so don't make that easy for them!

Residential perimeter security isn't rocket surgery! You don't need to be some ex-military high-level security consultant to make your home a little more secure against intrusion. Just follow these common sense tips and be aware of your surroundings.