The Truth about Home Security: What You Need to Know

3 Simple Yet Effective Ways To Improve Your Home’s Security

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Simple Yet Effective Ways To Improve Your Home’s Security

For many Australian homeowners, the security of their home is a very serious issue. Keeping precious loved ones and treasured belongings safe is a top priority, yet many people’s homes are far less secure than they should be. This leaves them vulnerable to being burgled and may put their family at risk of injury or death from an intruder. Here are three simple ways that you can make your home more secure and safe. 1. Install a home security system A home security system is one of the most effective ways of protecting your home. Not only does it provide a warning system if your home’s entrances are tampered with, it a will also provide a visible and effective deterrent for would-be burglars. Just how elaborate your home security system needs to be is dependent on the size of your home and the size of your budget. Keypad entry, door and window sensors, and on call security back-up are generally standard features. You may also wish to include internal and external security cameras and motion sensor flood lights, especially if you have a large home and garden with areas that are not easily viewed from the interior of your home. 2. Reinforce your front door If you have a hollow core front door which is fairly easy for a burglar to smash through, then you should consider replacing it. A solid metal door is the sturdiest option and will be the most impenetrable front door you can choose. A solid, hardwood, timber door is the next best, and generally more readily available, option. To further reinforce your front door, it’s a good idea to install good quality deadlocks and metal kick plates around the lock and hinges. This will prevent the door from being kicked in or being removed with a drill. 3. Get a guard dog (or at least pretend to) A large dog with a loud bark and large teeth for a large bite will definitely make an intruder think twice about entering your home unlawfully. If you’re not a dog lover, or prefer a smaller and less frightening pooch, then you’ll be relieved to know that you can simply fake it. Install a beware-of-the dog sign on your gates and front door. When intruders are canvassing a neighbourhood, even the possibility of a large dog in a home is enough to rule that property out as a candidate for burglary. You can even get motion sensors which set off a pre-recorded dog bark if someone tries to enter your property. Feeling safe and secure in your home and knowing that your home is well protected when you’re away is important. Fortunately, it’s also easy to achieve by following the above home security...

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3 Most Common Window Screen Materials

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Most Common Window Screen Materials

Security window screens are designed to give your home more protection from burglaries, insect invasions and exposure to severe weather. Windows are often the primary access point for burglars because they’re typically the easiest way to get into a home without requiring knowledge on how to pick a lock. Adding a fitted window screen makes breaking into your home through a window more difficult. Also, the tightly woven wiring on security window screens protects against insects invading your home and gives additional support to your window frames to fight against corrosion and rust from rain. Here are three of the most common types of window screen materials you can select from a company like Bonds Security Products for your home’s needs: Aluminum screens This particular type of screening protects your home from insect invasion and corrosion of your frames. Fit specifically to the size of your window frame, aluminum screens come in black, dark grey and a semi-bright aluminum. If you desire additional privacy from passersby, add a semi-bright aluminum with a light-colored window frame to make visibility into your home from the outside more difficult. However, all three shades are perfect to improve visibility from within your house to the outside. The metal screen is also naturally more resistant to corrosion due to its makeup. For this reason, you can expect your aluminum screens to be extremely durable, even under significant exposure to severe weather. Fiberglass screens Fiberglass is one of the most common materials used on window security systems nowadays because it is so easy to install and homeowners can get the materials at an affordable rate. While the fiberglass screens also prevent insect invasions much like aluminum, they do not offer the same durability that you will find with a metal-based screen. This is because fiberglass screens can eventually tear, no longer protecting your home from bugs. This type of screen comes in black and grey. Another disadvantage with fiberglass is that it reduces natural lighting in your home. Some may see this as a benefit because you will get more UV ray protection for yourself and your furniture; however, this also means you will likely use more energy to light your home. Solar screens Fiberglass materials are also used to form the newer screen type: solar screens, which are more energy efficient than aluminum and traditional fiberglass screens. Solar screens are designed to prevent heat from entering your home, trapping the cool air so that it does not escape through your window. Unlike fiberglass screens, solar screens come in up to five different colors. However, due to the energy savings and added color selection, you can expect a much higher initial investment for the...

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Choosing Security Screens for Residential Windows

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Security Screens for Residential Windows

There are different aspects in the home that you should evaluate when enhancing the security. The main elements are the potential routes of access for unauthorised people like robbers or burglars. Ideally, the intruders focus on weaknesses in existing entry points in the home, usually, doors and windows. If you want to improve your residential safety, you must reinforce these areas. One of the best methods is to install security screens. Generally, most homeowners use them only on doors and forget that windows are also accessible. Security screens are metal grille or mesh window applications which allow flow of natural light and breeze, without compromising the interior security. If you are thinking about installing this feature, consider these aspects when choosing  product. Fixed vs. Operable The security screens for residential windows are fabricated for different types of installations. The two primary choices before purchase should be whether the screens will be fixed or operable. Fixed screens are the most secure choice for accessible windows. The structures are permanent and impenetrable, so the intruder will not have a vulnerable area to target. The fixed screen can be clamped with screws or even welded for ultimate security. On the other hand, this screen style is limiting because you cannot escape through the window in a hazardous situation. Operable screens are secure as long as they are fabricated and installed properly. They are favourable because the structure can be released in case of emergency. Unfortunately, this means that there is a weakness at the hinges which can be exploited. You should choose a product with triple hinges for increased strength and long-term support. In addition, you should ensure that there is a good locking mechanism to secure the screen. Sub-Frame The sub-frame is the structure onto which the window security screen will be attached. You should install a metal sub-frame instead of the regular timber frames to increase the security of your window. The security screens are made from resilient metal, so timber frames can be compromised if enough force is applied on the structure. A matching metal sub-frame is able to support the screen frames more securely because the material cannot be broken or bent. Screen Material Window security screens should be fabricated from steel. This material is resilient and sturdy therefore the grille cannot be compromised with shears or pliers. There are alternative screens made from aluminium mesh but most are only suitable as flyscreens. However, if you are set on aluminium, choose structural-grade perforated...

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