If you are afraid of being attacked in your own home then you may wish to investigate a safe room. Many people have one room that is extra secure in case they find they are confronted by intruders; these rooms are particularly comforting for women who are alone in the house, and for children who would not be able to fend off an adult attacker. Contrary to belief, safe rooms are not just for the rich and famous, and one can be built in just about any home for relatively little cost.
A safe room can be any room in the house, and most people choose to reinforce a bedroom. The first thing we need to consider is the door. Any locked door can be broken down by someone with enough power or the right tool or weapon; however, outer doors are generally more secure than inner doors. Your safe room would benefit from the fitting of an exterior door. It doesn’t stop there; as well as the strength of the door we have to consider the door frame. A safe room will only be effective if it has a reinforced door frame that will withstand the battering it may take, and there are specialists who can advise you on the best combination of door and frame for your needs.
Now let’s talk about locks, perhaps the most important factor of all in building the best safe room. Physics dictates that spreading the load across an area makes it harder to penetrate: this is why the most secure doors have multiple locks. You should consider a deadlock or two for extra security, and floor bolts that can be activated quickly. There are many very secure locks that can be fitted to your safe room door, and a locksmith will be able to advise you on the best for your requirements. If there are children involved it may be worth considering the sort of lock that automatically secures the door when it is closed. This is an efficient way of enhancing security. Also, remember that you want the door to be opened only from the inside; if you can avoid external locks then do so.
Windows are an added problem with safe rooms, and few homes have an available room that is entirely within. You can use shatterproof glass or fit full security windows – again, a locksmith or security expert will be able to advise you on the best choices, or you may wish to remove the window entirely but this is the least attractive option. Make sure, however, that the window in the safe room is as secure as can be.
Finally, remember that advance warning is an excellent protection. If you feel you are particularly vulnerable make sure your alarm system is of the highest order, and that it connects automatically to the police. Use a CCTV system to monitor who is at the door or on the premises, and never, ever, open the door to anyone who you do not recognize.
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