Homeland Security

 

We did a few non-decor related updates in our house recently. A couple weeks ago, our truck was broken into in the middle of the night. Thankfully, we didn’t have anything expensive in the truck, but it made us realize how vulnerable we are in our house during the night (and all the time). So, we added some security features to our house.

One thing that has been bugging me since day 1 is not having a peephole in our door. The window from our front living room isn’t angled in a way to be able to see our porch, and, when someone came to our front door, we couldn’t see who it was. So, the next day after the break-in, we headed to our second home (Menards) and grabbed a peephole for $8. About half an hour later, it was installed. All you have to do is grab the correct size drill bit (it should tell you on the package what size you need), find the horizontal center of your door at eye-level (most instructions I read suggested to install the peephole at a 5 foot hight for a universal eye-level fit), and drill a straight hole through your door.

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 Then, it’s as simple as putting one piece of the peephole on either side and snapping them together. Sooo easy and cheap! And now we feel that much safer.

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The second security update was adding door alarms to our 3 exterior doors. While not the most attractive update, we barely noticed them anymore after a few days and the payoff is definitely worth it. We found some pretty good, coded door alarms for $12 at Wal-Mart. They came with double-side mounting tape, so that you can install them wherever you want on the door. Then all you have to do is set the code, and remember to turn it off within the 30 second time limit when you come in the door. We might have forgotten a few times, even though it beeps to remind you, and temporarily gone deaf. But it is nice knowing that anyone that decided to come into our house uninvited would also temporarily go deaf and not know the code to make the horribleness stop.

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So that’s a little peek into what we’ve been up to lately. Anyone else making a few changes around the house to feel safer?

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