Cape Coral/SW Florida News.....August 2011
State and National News:
- Fewer homes for sale, inventories fall sharply Read more….
- Offshore Investors snapping up Fla real estate Read more…
- State forecasts property value increases Read more…
- ForSaleByOwner.com Founder uses Agent to sell home Read more…
- Fewer foreclosure warnings in July Read more…
- Good thing with shorter mortgages Read more…
- Number of short sales on the rise Read more…
- South Florida’s condo market recovering Read more…
Taxes, Insurance and more:
Cape Coral and SW Florida News:
- Average Floridan getting younger Read more…
- Cape’s Convention Center dream gaining popular traction Read more…
- South Cape business boom Read more…
Real Estate Tips:
- 10 major Mortgage mistakes to avoid Read more…
- Biggest decorating mistakes Read more…
- Tips for small spaces Read more…
- Cape Coral Nature Trails Read more…
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Do-It-Yourself Home Security: Windows May Leave You Vulnerable
By: Joseph D’Agnese
Published: November 12, 2010
Protecting your home from break-ins starts with a do-it-yourself home security check to indicate whether your windows are an open invitation to criminals.
Check ground-floor and basement windows
Ground-floor and basement windows are more likely to be targeted than those on the second floor, and deserve the most attention. The exception is those second-floor windows that can be easily accessed by a deck or other elevated structure outside the home.
Start your home security check by looking at your ground-floor windows from afar. Are they blocked by high shrubbery? Bushes give ideal cover for someone planning to break or force open a window; cut greenery back so that front windows are fully visible from the street.
Keep locks locked
Make sure all windows can be opened, closed, and locked with relative ease—and then remember to keep them locked whenever you’re not around. The biggest problem that occurs with windows is when home owners exit their home and leave windows wide open—and vulnerable.
In spring and fall, when daytime temperatures swing and windows are frequently opened and closed, get in the habit of locking windows as you shut them.
Install simple security devices
Add blocking devices to the most easily accessed windows so they can’t be opened from outside.
- Wooden dowels placed in the track block windows that slide horizontally, and require no installation.
- Steel locking pins (about $7 each), inserted in small holes that must be drilled through the frames, prevent vertically-sliding windows from being opened.
If you install a home security system later, the pros will install glass-break sensors on your most vulnerable windows.
Check garage windows
Garage windows are often forgotten—give them a home security check to make sure they’re securely locked. Install curtains or apply translucent security film on garage windows so that valuables aren’t readily visible. Thieves are more likely to attempt a break-in if they see items worth stealing.
Joseph D’Agnese is a journalist and book author who has written numerous articles on home improvement. He lives in North Carolina.