Home Security – Do You Have a Moat?

LockOur home may be our castle, but not too many of us have a moat around it with guards on duty.

So on to reality. Locks for doors and windows should be good ones. Kwikset, for example, makes good locks with hardened steel bolts. They also make a less expensive lock that is not hardened steel. For only a few dollars difference between the two, I have seen many doors broken into because of using cheaper locks. The cheap locks were broken by force such as hammering whereas the more expensive locks held up to that kind of abuse.

The same goes for standard window locks from the factory versus upgraded locks that most window and hardware stores offer which are more expensive but worth the investment. All in all, wouldn’t you rather have spent a few dollars more on a lock and have it hold up when someone tried to break in instead of using a cheap lock that allowed a break-in and all of your expensive belongings to be stolen?

Additionally, exterior lighting is part of your home’s “moat.” It should light the front, back and sides of your home and yard. It doesn’t have to be on all the time, but consider motion detectors, especially by doors and windows. Lighting is a deterrent to thieves.

I found a great article online about home security:


For more information, you can also contact your local police department about securing your home, logging valuable equipment (the police can log i.d. numbers for computers, televisions, etc.) and other crime prevention tips.
Anyone else have suggestions?

Note: Products mentioned in my blog are not recommendations and only serve as examples.

Gary Ingram

Gary Ingram

I grew up in Golden, CO in the 50’s, the child of a middle class housewife and a lifelong employee of the U.S. Post Office. My professional career spanned 25 years with the U.S. Government and I retired early. Today I am an Aging-in-Place Specialist (which does not mean I just sit in a recliner and watch football), a devoted “Papa” to my grandchildren and partner to my lovely wife. I’m a crusty old fart who appreciates a good cigar, an old car, an occasional game of golf, Blue Collar Radio, NASCAR and my Denver Broncos. At BoomerReviews.com, I hold the title, “Chief of Questions.” Let’s see what you think about my questions and answers. Chime in!

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  1. stjohn8us says:

    Good article, but it’s Moat, not Mote. Thanks for posting. 🙂

    • Gary Ingram says:

      Thanks very much! I think I ignored spell-check and the editor – my wife – must have been in a hurry! And I hope you liked how I spelled computer in my email message to you, too. 🙂

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