Check your door and door frame. Should they be repaired or
replaced? All exterior doors should be either metal or
solid core wood (1 3/4" thick). Glass or thin wood panels,
in or near the door, can be protected by installing polycarbonate
glazing and secured with one way screws.
Use a dead bolt lock with a one-inch throw bolt or a heavy
duty drop bolt lock.
Install a highly pick resistant cylinder.
Protect the cylinder with a guard plate.
Use a licensed locksmith.
Don't use a dual cylinder lock (a lock that has a key in
both sides) in a residence. These locks are illegal in
multiple dwellings in New York City. Although
they offer protection, dual cylinder locks can also trap you in
your house during an emergency such as a fire. (Consult the local laws in
your community regarding dual cylinder locks).
devices for windows vary, depending on the type of window and its
location. All accessible windows in a
private house need securing. This includes basement
and windows. (Second floor windows can be accessed by
ladder, trash cans, nearby trees, garage rooftops, or
CRESCENT LATCH found on a double hung window is not an
adequate security device. Its function is to keep the upper
and lower windows together. Because of its construction a crescent
latch will not withstand a simple attack.
The following methods and devices are suggested for securing
several types of window openings:
Pinning Double Hung Wooden
double hung wooden windows: at each top corner of the inside sash, drill a hole
through the inside sash and three quarters of the way through the outside sash
at a slight downward angle. Insert two 5 1/6 diameter eyebolts,
one on each side of the window. The bolts should fit loosely enough in their
holes so that they are easy to insert and remove.
separate set of holes can be drilled into the outside sash
approximately three to four inches above the inside sash so that the window
can be left open for ventilation. This prevents the window from being
opened further than the three or four inches allowed.
(CAUTION: SOME PINNING TECHNIQUES MAY DAMAGE
THERMAL PANE SEALS.)
WINDOWS: Commercial locking devices are available for
closed casement windows, however, they cannot be secured in an
OPEN position. Therefore, do not leave casement windows
open and unattended.
LOUVERED (JALOUSIE) OPENING: Should be
secured as they offer no resistance to force. Glass panels can be replaced with
impact resistant polycarbonate and they can be pinned to the groove by using
BASEMENT WINDOWS: One of the
most popular entry ways; secure with grilles or bars that
contain a safety latch for inside opening.
DOORS/SLIDING WINDOWS ARE SPECIAL SECURITY
Drill a downward sloping hole
through the top rail of the sliding door and into, but not through, the top rail
of the fixed doors overlap. Insert a pin (or nail) to lock. (Fig.
1) Tighten adjustment screws to prevent lifting door out of channel.
LIGHTING . . . . Illuminate the
perimeter of your house, especially the door areas with
enough light to see a silhouette. Lights that are too bright will
hamper viewing. Install the light fixture out of reach, and in a
tamper and weather resistant housing.
TIMERS throughout the house that have variable time
changes, and turn the lights on and off when you are not at home.
displaying the first names of family members on mailbox.
SHRUBBERY . . . . Should be cut or designed so that it does not
obstruct viewing from inside or outside. Keep a clear view to
provide maximum visibility and little concealment.
CONDITIONERS . . . . Should be secured to the window
opening to prevent being pulled out or pushed in.
GATE . . . . On the first
floor or on any emergency exit window (fire escape), a
gate should be one that has been approved by the New York City Board
of Standards and Appeals. (This gate is commonly
known as the ''ferry" or "safety" gate and is operated by a latch and not a
padlock or combination lock).
attached garage as you would your dwelling as it is an
access point into your house.
Other structures such as an
unattached garage, tool shed and storage areas should be locked with
high quality security devices that are properly installed.
variety of alarm systems available in different price ranges. To
find out what you need, it pays to comparison shop. Get estimates for your
alarm needs from at least three established alarm companies.
your resident precinct Crime Prevention Officer about the
New York City Police Departments FREE property
marking program. You can find out your local Crime Prevention
Officers number by clicking here and
searching for your resident precinct.
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