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Simple StepS that Will have the moSt impact

EffEctivE HomE SEcurity


EffEctivE HomE SEcurity

Who iS tim SchmiDt?
You may know me as the President and Founder of the Home Defense Association of America ( organization that teaches and empowers its tens of thousands of members to confidently and responsibly protect the ones they love. Above all though, I am a husband and father. The love I have for my wife and my childrenand the responsibility and duty I have to keep them safehave taken me many places in life. In addition to founding the USCCA and growing it to its incredible size, I hold a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and Ive studied personal security and home defense from some of the greatest minds in the country. The reports, how-to-guides, newsletters, and the magazine I publish feature authors of the highest esteem in the law enforcement, military, and civilian realms of personal protection, family security, and armed self-defense. The bottom line is that I know self-defense. I understand the mind of the criminal, and I understand what it takes to defeat themmentally and physically. And I understand the mind of the concerned, prepared citizen, because that is who I am.

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EffEctivE HomE SEcurity

Simple StepS that Will have the moSt impact

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Identify ground level windows. Do they lock properly? Are they locked? Does anything block the view?

Is your house well lit? How about adjoining neighbors houses?


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Are the hinges on the inside or outside? What is the general appearance of the door? Does it look new; or is it old, faded, and looking primed for a good kicking?

How close are trees/ shrubs to your home? Do you have burglar alarm signs at entry points? After you have conducted a 360-degree, top-to-bottom inspection of your home taking into account the areas above, give yourself an honest grade. Then identify at least three, concrete steps that you can take to make your home more secure. These might include:

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Remount the strike plates on all of your doors, with 3-inch screws. Replace any plastic locks on your windows with new, metal locks. Apply alarm company stickers to all windows, and a sign near the front and back door.

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Invest in a motion detector circuit to replace the light at your back door. Encourage the neighbors to your sides and back, to also add motion detector light circuits to their back doors.

Trim all shrubs and trees to leave a clear area at least four-feet from your house

Put a plan together for your family as a group and as individuals - what youll do, where youll go, where youll meet, etc in the event that you needed to quickly leave your house. Go over this plan and do a rehearsal.

Make the decision to be more aware of your surroundings when entering your car and arriving at your home. This may be as simple as not being on your phone and observing anyone that is around you during the transition times from getting in and out of your car, and into your home.

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If you dont have a good way to see who is on the other side of your front door, add a locking metal screen door or storm door. This way you can open your front door to see, but will have a small layer of protection that may give you time to close and lock your front door if needed. If you dont already have a burglar alarm, invest in a system that can be connected to an alarm service. Like the agreement you probably have on your cellular phone, alarm companies will typically provide a base system to you at no charge, as long as youre willing to commit to at least a year of monitoring service. Add additional lights to the darkest sides of your home, such as gardenstyle solar lights. Add a plastic window treatment to each first-floor window, or consider upgrading those windows to highsecurity casement windows, which have a protective laminate baked directly into the glass.

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replacing any door that is not solid core or steel. Consider replacing all door locks with a highsecurity lock, which defeats criminals ability to use a bump key to pick the lock.

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By you preparing your loved ones you are providing them with a powerful tool. you are informing your family on what to do. this checklist is designed to provide you with information and organization on things that you can do to prevent being caught unprepared. H