The web can be a great source for how-to videos, and home security videos are no exception. Just as you can use an instructional video to learn how to light the pilot light on your water heater, change a flat tire or paint a room, you can learn some great home security tips from online videos.
Here are five of our favorites. They can show you some simple things you can do to help protect your home against burglary.
1. Home Security Tips from Consumer Reports
This short video from Consumer Reports magazine focuses on the security of the doors in your home. Many people don't bother locking the door that leads from their garage into the rest of the house; furthermore, the first thing they do when they come inside is toss the keys on a table next to the door. This makes a burglar's work much easier. This video also discusses the fact that when a burglar kicks in a door, it isn't usually the door itself that gives way, but rather the doorframe. Using a metal box strike plate and three-inch strike plate screws to anchor it in place can make a door much harder to kick down.
2. Home Security Tips by CBS News
In this video, you will learn some very inexpensive ways to make your home less of a target for burglars. For example, did you know that sometimes a ringing phone tips off a prowler that no one is home? For this reason, it is a good idea to turn the ringer on your phone down when you leave the house. It's also smart to remove your name from your mailbox. Otherwise, a burglar could use your name and street number to find your phone number in a phone book or online, call and find out if anyone is home. Motion-sensor lights are another inexpensive measure that can improve your home's security, even if you only install one over a secluded corner where a burglar could hide.
3. Home Security Tips by Toronto Police 22 Division
This brief, straightforward video highlights three main areas of concern for home security: doors, windows and lighting. The police officer talks about how to make doors and windows secure, and how to use lighting strategically to make your house less of a target for intruders. It also emphasizes that if you come home to what looks like the scene of a burglary, you should get to a safe place (in case the burglar is still inside) and call 911 immediately. You should never try to confront a burglar yourself.
4. HomeSecurity Tips with Bob Schmidt of Home Remodel Workshop
In this video, you will learn how the simple act of leaving the house to go to work or school—or just to run errands—can help or hinder your home security. Specifically, it points out that when many people leave during the day, they only lock the spring lock and don't bother with the deadbolt. A burglar across the street with decent eyesight can tell right away that you didn't bother to lock the deadbolt, and with a simple credit card-sized piece of plastic, he can get into your home in seconds. Consistent security practices when leaving the house can make a big difference in how resistant your home is to burglary.
5. Home Security Tips to Deter Burglars by State Farm
Insurance company State Farm made this brief-but-comprehensive video that is full of tips on how to help protect your home against break-ins. It discusses a comprehensive home security plan that consists of good security habits by everyone in the household, the use of locks, safe storage of tools, bicycles and other outdoor equipment, and the extra layer of protection from a home security system. If you address all the points discussed in this video, you can greatly improve your home's security without having to spend a lot of money.
Great home security is often a matter of having good home security habits. After all, a deadbolt can't do much good if it isn't used. Even if you think you are doing everything you can to help keep your home safe, it's a good idea to have a look at instructional videos like these to raise awareness and alert you to some security practices you may not know about.