How do find out if the security measures you have in place in your home are the best. Some Sheriff or police departments will offer a security inspection. Ensure you use the local departments phone number and not the emergency 911 number when calling.
Here are some common security recommendations for your home
Ensure French doors are flush on both sides and there are slide bolts at both the bottom and top.
All exteriors doors should have a solid core
Each exterior door should have a keyed dead bolt with striker plates that have at least a 2 ½ inch screw and also install a wide angle viewer in the door.
Add a locking device onto the frame or you can cut a dowel that fits in the track
All double hung sash windows need an auxiliary locking device or you can drill a hole at an angle through the top of the window at the bottom and the frame of the upper one and insert an eyebolt or nail.
Pin the bottom and tops of the sliding glass windows with a nail in an angled hole or you can add a spring bolted turn lock or an anti-slide block.
ll exterior lighting should be installed with an infrared and photocell motion sensor
All gates should have hardened steel padlocks and hasps
Ask your local police or sheriff department which security system or company they recommend.