Vehicle Security, Using a Safe, and Other Ways to Secure Your Home

Vehicle Security

Some security devices have been designed specifically with vehicles in mind. These provide a second line of defense to complement any features built into the vehicle itself. Some are portable, such as a wheel clamp, whereas others are permanently or partly fixed in place, such as a parking post. Although manufacturers are constantly improving vehicle security, the separate devices shown here can only help to discourage an opportunistic thief.

Above: Ground anchor: This provides a secure anchoring for large, movable objects such as grills, trailers, and motorcycles. The anchor bed is bolted to the ground with large security bolts. Anchor bed; hasp

Above: Parking post: When locked in its upright position, a parking post provides an obstacle to moving a car. Designs vary, and include an electronic, remote-control version. Some installation work is needed as the post base needs to be set in concrete. DETACHABLE POST: BASE OF POST; CONCRETE BEDDING: Padlock

Above: Wheel clamp (boot): Attached around wheels, this clamp ensures that a car or trailer can't be moved. There are many different designs of this portable security system. Components: Connecting pin; detachable arm; Padlock; Retractable leg; Front panel

Using a Safe

A safe provides a last line of defense when securing items at home. Small safes must be secured in position to ensure that they can't be moved. Their ideal location is on a concrete floor, although they may also be mounted on a wall. Fasteners, normally coach bolts, are usually supplied by the manufacturer. The example shown below is just one option—there are many designs of house safes, with different features. Some may be disguised as electrical sockets, while others are bolted to the underside of desks, drawer systems, or behind paintings. The fire rating of a particular safe may also be something worth considering, especially if it's holding important documents.

Using a safe: A safe is only secure if the keys for it are kept hidden in another part of the home. Push-button or keypad versions are also available.

Other Ways to Keep Your Home Secure

In addition to conventional security devices, there are a number of other steps you can take to deter burglars. Many of these do not cost anything, but simply involve adapting your behavior.

Alarms: Consider installing a burglar alarm. Some are linked to the local police station. Before installing this type, check the local policy on false alarms, and that there is enough local manpower to respond to such systems. More on alarm installation.

Other deterrents: Lay a gravel driveway; it gives an excellent early warning system. Make sure you have good exterior lighting so that burglars can't conceal themselves. Install a peephole in the front door so that you can look out before opening the door.

Changing your routine : If you go on vacation, cancel all deliveries, including newspapers. Arrange for a friend to remove any mail from view. Install automatic light timers in your home; whenever you are away, set them to mimic your normal schedule.


Sunday, July 27, 2008 15:06 PST