So previously I posted about the use of a Barrier and how to implement it. The reason for the first barrier is more of an emotional block to intruders. Then getting up to speed with early warning systems right after that does have a reason for it. When an intruder sees it fit to violate your first barrier, you know he means trouble. Thus you want to be warned of his presence, and that is where the “early” warning system comes into play.
But, what if this early warning system is triggered by nothing, or something ridiculous? Do you want to activate your action plan every second day? Come on, I know practice makes perfect, but that’s just ridiculous. So that’s why the second barrier, to create enough time to establish if there is an actual threat or not. And to give your response service enough time to get to your home, before intruders can gain access. They will need to get through the second barrier first.
What is a second barrier then? Simple, you already have them, or so I hope. Your burglar bars, at your front door and on your windows, for example, is your second barrier. Please pay attention to this, how easy can it be to trigger your alarm system, dash for a spot behind your sensors and wait for you to cool down before I make my entry? It happens, and regularly too.
How should your second barrier be implemented?
- Install strong and sturdy door frames at all entries into your home.
- Install a heavy, good quality, and strong exterior doors.
- Always have a burglar door installed with your exterior door, any slam lock system works best.
- Install doorstops or other mechanisms to prevent any exterior doors from being kicked in or opened after the lock mechanism has been disabled.
- Install or upgrade your burglar bars on all windows.
- Install electrical wiring, barbed wire, or any type of system that can prevent anyone to climb onto the roof.
- Avoid mounting barriers into wooden frames.
- Rusted mounting bolts and torn welding needs to be replaced and repaired.
- Gates and doors should operate smoothly and easily.
- Choose the correct material and durability levels for your situation.
- Burglar bars don’t have to be expensive or ugly. There are many ways to beautify burglar bars.
- Check your current barriers for wear and tear (weathering).
- A sliding barrier in your safe-room is great for escaping.
- Make sure no-one has access to your front door. Keep all the spare keys safe.