Tips From a Security Expert: How To Keep You and Your Loved Ones Safe – Part Two

As a senior executive responsible for, among things, the protection of the company’s assets; I’ve been charged with ensuring the safety of people, assets and property for multi-billion dollar businesses.  In that role, I’ve had to mitigate risks to the organization from union job actions, to massive natural disasters and plausible threats against myself and other executives.

Personally, I’m very frugal and I’ve always brought that trait with me in my professional life.  I think that’s going to make for a great combination to share what I know about securing your home on a reasonable budget.

I’m going to encourage you to read part one of this series before moving on.  Reading the articles in sequential order will give you more context about an overall home security envelope.

Door and Window Alarms – $9.99/2 pack

doorwindow1Not everyone can afford a burglar alarm system and the monthly monitoring fees that going along with it.  That said, everyone should be putting something in place to alert them if a door or window is forced open while they are sleeping.  Whether you’re a light or dark sleep, I can assure you, someone can get in your house without you knowing when you’re at your most vulnerable.

Door and window alarms are made to alert parents of small children that windows, doors or kitchen cabinets have been opened.  They also work as excellent burglar alarms.

doorwindow2Simply attach the contact and alarm to window/door and frame and viola!  The alarms pictured here have three settings, OFF > CHIME > ALARM.  I’ve used these in the past and generally kept them on alarm, turning them off when I needed to open a window.  When it comes to the front door, I would leave the alarm “Off” until late at night, then I would flip the switch and head to bed.

doorwindow3Helpful hint, if the contact and alarm don’t quite line up well, take some strip insulation, cut to size and it will will give you the needed clearance to make a good contact.  Also, the contact and alarm do not have to physically touch to make a connection.  Generally they will communicate with each other as long as they are within 1 inch.



Dual-Function Security Bar – $19.00

Remember when you were a kid, your father would cut a 2×4 and stick it in between the sliding glass door? (Dad was right by the way, its a must have for sliding doors).  Well a security bar is essentially the same thing for hinged doors; pictured is the Master Lock version.

The security bar is designed to fit snugly underneath the door knob of a swinging door, like your front door.  The bottom of the security bar has a rubber base foot that grabs onto any surface from carpet, to wood floors.

doorwindow5Quick tip about placing the security bar into position; push down hard on the bar when putting it in place, this will ensure good contact with the floor.  The bar can increase the holding strength of your front and back door by +350 pounds.

Tdoorwindow4hat wraps up part two of our series on securing your home.  We started with more passive security and now we’re transitioned into actual hardware.   We’re going to dig into some technology in part 3.

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James D'Arcy

James D'Arcy

Jim is a senior executive for a private security contractor. He has been responsible for, among things, the protection of assets, people and property for several multi-billion dollar companies. Jim can be reached at

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