Tips for Making Your Home More Secure When You Have Physical Limitations

Although home security is important for all residents, there may be special considerations if you have physical limitations. There are ways you can keep your home accessible without making it more accessible to a potential intruder.

Find Vulnerabilities

You may engage in some behaviors because they make your life easier, but some behaviors can also increase your risk of a burglary. For example, problems with arthritis in your hands may lead you to avoid thoroughly locking your doors. You might use the bottom lock but leave the deadbolt unsecured because it may be harder to turn. Other concerns might include leaving a side door or garage door unsecured because doing so might make it easier to access your residence, especially if you have stairs.

If you find your locks are uncomfortable to use instead of not properly securing your doors, try to invest in new locks. Speaking with sales associates at the local home-improvement store can give you a general idea of which locks are more arthritis friendly while providing you with adequate protection. Additionally, routine maintenance may be needed on your locks to clean out any dust or debris and reduce friction when you are turning the lock. If the problem is navigating an exterior staircase, you do not always need a professional and expensive ramp. There are many types of portable ramps available, whether you use a wheelchair or have mild difficulties with standing and walking.

Make Forced Entry Difficult

Ideally, you should install additional barriers to doors and windows to slow down or prevent forced entry. For doors, the addition of a storm door for both your front and back doors can add a layer of protection. Make sure your storm doors have shatter-resistant glass and a lock in addition to a screen. Similarly, shatter-resistant windows should be installed to make it harder for an intruder to simply break the window glass and open the window. Whenever possible, consider purchasing windows with several small panes of glass rather than a single large pane. If a potential intruder breaks a small pane, that makes it harder for them to reach inside and unlock the window.

Be mindful of the security risk associated with large entryways and windows, such as patio doors and bay windows. Although these areas allow in sunlight, they also make it easier for someone to know whether you are at home or to watch your activities inside the home. Use blackout curtains when you are not actively using the window or sliding glass door to make it harder for someone to look inside your home. Sliding glass doors and other entrances of your home can also benefit from door jammers. With a door jammer, if an intruder manages to unlock the door or break a lock, it will be more difficult for them to push or slide open the door.

Utilize Audio and Video

When you have physical limitations, you may need to overcome some security concerns that make you vulnerable. For example, when someone knocks on the door, the traditional peephole may be unreachable if you use a wheelchair. Some people in wheelchairs may try to ask who is at the door or just open the door to a complete stranger. This can put you at a significant disadvantage if the person on the other side of the door has bad intentions, so it is best to use audio and video to keep an eye on your front door. Depending on the security camera you choose, it may be viewable through a mobile device or connected to a small television inside your residence. When security cameras are integrated with two-way audio, you can easily communicate with whomever is outside without ever opening your door.

Intruders may prey on people they perceive as being more vulnerable. By changing your behaviors to prevent unnecessary vulnerabilities and adding extra layers of protection, you can make your home more secure. Contact a company such as Tele-Plus to learn more.