When it comes to securing your home, you might think that you have to install a pricy alarm system that comes with monthly payments to a monitoring company. Or perhaps you’ve been looking into video surveillance equipment. Maybe your idea of home security involves keeping a Glock under your pillow and a shotgun in the hall closet.
And while these options will undoubtedly help to increase your feelings of safety, and potentially even stop burglars and other home invaders in their tracks, the idea is to keep people out in the first place rather than catching them in the act. Luckily, there are several easy and inexpensive ways to accomplish this end. Here are a few you might want to try.
Get decent locks
The first thing you should do if you want to protect your home is getting some decent locks (a must if you move into a new home or lose a key). This means installing deadbolts, and you can find several that claim to be “pickproof”. In truth, very few people are capable of picking locks, especially deadbolts, to begin with.
Most people who break in look for an open door or window to gain access, or simply smash the pane of a glass door, stick their hand through, and unlock the door from the inside (a good reason to have a solid wood door).
If you’re determined to get a lock that will resist tampering, Medeco is often cited as having the best locks on the market. But these products are rather pricy, and there is no guarantee that they are pickproof, so you may want to save some money and just get a conventional deadbolt rather than top-of-the-line.
Install a Doorjamb
And don’t forget to install a doorjamb that won’t allow for loiding (picking locks with a credit card) or using an electric saw to get through a deadbolt. You should also get suitable latches for your windows. And remember to close and lock all points of entry EVERY time you leave the house. Locks will do you no good if you leave windows and doors open.
Another inexpensive way to protect your home is to buy home security signage. Many companies like Brinks and ADT are keen on marking their territory, and to this end, they often display signs or stickers in the window, on doors, and in the yards of homes they protect.
But if you don’t want to spring for the alarm system and the service that goes with it, simply purchase the signs that will make people think you have an alarm system installed. Technically, they will not protect you in the case of a break-in.
But the threat of a security system may be enough to stop a would-be criminal from entering your home in the first place, and for a lot less money than you’d pay for the real deal. Of course, you can always install an inexpensive home alarm on your own with a kit (although it won’t link out to a security company).
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Finally, you might want to install motion-sensor floodlights. These are relatively inexpensive, some run on solar power (so you don’t even have to pay for electricity), and often, an intruder bathed in a pool of bright light is not likely to stick around long enough to be seen, much less caught in the act.
While you can find a locksmith to install deadbolts, hire a company to connect an alarm system and monitor it, and even put in surveillance cameras, the average home simply doesn’t need this level of security, and there’s a lot you can do on your own without much trouble or expense to ensure that your home and your family are protected. Read this awesome article on building a high-tech home on a budget.