My wife and I very recently moved out of our third-floor apartment and into a rent house. We'll be here for at least a year and I have the go-ahead from the landlord to make modifications for security purposes. I thought about drawing the layout, but it's easy enough to describe. Walking in the front door takes you into the open front area. Living room area on the right, dining area on the left. The kitchen is forward from the dining area, assuming you're facing the direction you were when you entered. From the kitchen, to the left is the utility room with the washer/dryer. The other side of that room has the door to the inside of the garage. The garage has the roll-up door, without an automatic opener and a door to the backyard. Back at the front door, going straight takes you down a hallway that runs the length of the house. First door on the left is the main bathroom. Directly across is one of the bedrooms, which is going to me a guest bedroom. Second door on the left is the master bedroom, second on the right is the other smaller bedroom, what we're making an office.
Pretty easy stuff. I'm already planning to reinforce the front door for sure with something like the Strikemaster II. I'm debating the garage doors. I'm thinking of reinforcing the one between the garage and utility room in lieu of reinforcing the garage door to the backyard. My reasoning being that anything in the garage isn't a huge deal to me. Given the choice, I'll reinforce the entry to the actual home instead, as I could reinforce the back door, but the roll-up garage door is still a weak point. I am also considering something like the 3M film for the windows to make them more difficult entry-points. There is an alarm system in the house, but the power to it was unplugged when I got there and I haven't plugged it in yet. It looks quite dated. There appear to be sensors on most doors and windows, as well as a couple motion detectors. I'll post pictures of that equipment later and hopefully you guys can make sense of it. I'm a tech geek but I don't know alarm systems at all. I don't really care to have it monitored, I just want it active so it'll notify me while I'm there and hopefully discourage any invaders while I'm not.
My desire to secure the house, for those of you curious, stems from three experiences during my teenage years when invaders tried to get into my house. One afternoon they successfully opened the front door and I, thinking it was my dad as he got home at random hours, yelled something to what I thought was him and apparently scared them away. I searched every nook and cranny in my house with the largest knife I could find as we didn't own firearms at the time, and I didn't know they were gone. That coupled with my complete lack of trust of the neighbors I had in the apartment we were in has left me bordering on paranoia when it comes to securing my home.
I haven't talked with the landlord about possibly having home improvements taken out of my rent as I've heard some will do, but I don't care if they won't. I'm doing it anyway. Other ideas or suggestions?