Burglary Prevention PhotoKing and Snohomish County cities saw a sharp rise in home and business burglaries in recent months. Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace suffered the worst with more than 200 burglaries since October. In response to the rise in burglaries in our community, Chermak Construction is offering a Home-Safety Service Special to new and existing customers. Mention this article and we will provide a free in-home assessment to help you to not become part of these statistics.

Chermak Construction’s Home Repair & Handyman Service can work with you to ensure that all your doors and windows are safe and secure. Exterior doors should be solid wood; hollow steel or substantial composition materials. Strike plates and hinges should be secured with 3-inch screws. All key-in-knob locksets should be replaced with latch-bolt style lock mechanisms. Heavy-duty bolts on divided or double doors should be reinforced with surface bolts. Sliding-glass doors should have pin-type locks or charley bars and shatterproof glass installed. Operable windows should have sash latches or security pins installed to secure these windows. Security coatings can be applied and acrylic windowpanes can replace traditional glass making them much more resistant to force.

Chermak Construction’s Electric Service is available for exterior and interior lighting improvements, as well as installation of alarm systems. Installation of motion detecting lights at entrances and dark areas increase visibility from inside and outside of the house. Low voltage and solar lighting illuminates the perimeter of the home at very little cost. Interior lighting can be installed on timers to provide a deterrent effect when the home looks occupied. Installation of an alarm system brings another layer of protection and may lower your homeowner’s insurance rates, too.

Just some of these improvements can reduce your odds of being burglarized. Be sure to look for even more crime prevention techniques online. Bellevue Police Department has a Crime Prevention Site, Snohomish County has a Residential Burglary Prevention Tip-Sheet, and King County has a Home Security Site. Remember, Chermak Construction is a full-service residential remodeler specializing in all phases of residential remodeling. Think of us for your next home project.

Have a safe, happy spring and summer!


Burglary Prevention Diagram