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Make sure you stay safe with our security tips

At Personalized Security Services of Cathedral City, CA, we want to ensure that you and your family are safe. We've compiled a comprehensive list of security tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Why are the summer months the peak time for burglaries? It probably has to do with many of us going on vacation, worried more about packing a suitcase and slathering on sunscreen than we are about securing our homes. According to the FBI, crime rates increase approximately 10% in June, July, and August. By far, the most common threat to our home is burglary. According to the FBI, a burglary occurs somewhere in the United States every 15.4 seconds. By definition, the crime of burglary is a non-confrontational property crime that occurs when we are not at home. However, becoming a burglary victim can leave a family feeling vulnerable and violated. The following tips can help prevent you from becoming a victim.

Residential burglary prevention

  • Use a solid core or metal door for all entrance points

  • Use a quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock with a one-inch throw bolt

  • Use a quality, heavy-duty, knob-in-lock set with a dead-latch mechanism

  • Use a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate into a wooden door frame

  • Use a wide-angle 160° peephole mounted no higher than 58 inches

Doors and Locks

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Sliding-Glass Patio Doors

  • Use a secondary blocking device on all sliding glass doors

  • Keep the latch mechanism in good condition and properly adjusted

  • Keep sliding door rollers in good condition and properly adjusted

  • Use anti-lift devices such as through-the-door pins or upper track screws

  • Use highly visible alarm decals, beware of dog decals or block watch decal


  • Secure all accessible windows with secondary blocking devices

  • Block accessible windows open no more than 6 inches for ventilation

  • Make sure someone cannot reach through an open window and unlock the door

  • Make sure someone cannot reach inside the window and remove the blocking device

  • Use anti-lift devices to prevent window from being lifted out

  • Use crime prevention or alarm decals on ground accessible windows

Alarm Systems

  • Alarm systems are effective deterrents with visible signage

  • Alarm systems to be properly installed, programmed, and maintained

  • Alarm systems need to have an audible horn or bell to be effective

  • Make sure your alarm response call list is up to date

  • Instruct your neighbor how to respond to an alarm bell

Be a Good Neighbor

  • Get to know all your adjacent neighbors

  • Invite them into your home and establish trust

  • Agree to watch out for each other's home

  • While on vacation - pick up newspapers, and flyers

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