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Security - Townhomes

The buildings are solidly constructed and feature wrapped steel entrance doors and door frames with deadbolts and 180 degree door viewers. But there is room for improvement. Specifically;

1. Install night sensors or timers on the outside lights of the individual units to improve perimeter lighting.

2. Install a "Charlie Bar" or pin assembly on the inside of the sliding glass door to prevent it from being pried open from the outside.

3. Install a second latch or install wooden rods or a similar device in the lower tracks of the first floor sliding windows and the second floor sliding windows over balconies to prevent these windows from being pried open from the outside.

4. Consider replacing the front door deadbolt with a bump proof deadbolt as the existing deadbolts can be easily defeated by a technique known as bumping.

5. Consider adding a door chain or similar device to permit partially opening the door to question people without giving them access. Professional installation is recommended to insure that the device cannot be easily defeated e.g. kicked in.

6. Consider adding a bump proof deadbolt to the door from the kitchen to the garage.

7. Consider adding an alarm system to protect against entry through broken windows.

As to implementation, townhome owners may make these changes to their units as long as the changes do not alter the appearance of their unit as seen from the outside. Townhome lessees require written approval to change their locks or make any other changes that physically modify their unit.

by Peter Schulz

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