In an ideal world, there would be no need for home security systems. We’d all be neighbors with perfect flower gardens, and unicorns dancing on the lawns. Barring that fantasy world, we’d all at least have the financial means to invest in a reliable home security system.
This is reality, though. And the reality is that not everyone has the resources to put in a professional system. That doesn’t mean you have to leave your home completely vulnerable to invasion, however.
Here are some budget home security tips that just about anyone can implement:
- Install deadbolt locks. Deadbolts deter crime. They make your home harder to get into and your door more secure. Just be sure you remember to lock your deadbolt when you’re gone and at night. (Don’t forget to lock your windows, too.)
- Put up a motion detection light. Motion lights are relatively cheap. Put one above your front door, or on the corner of your garage. Bright motion-detection lights will very often scare off an opportunistic burglar.
- Pay attention to landscaping. Don’t let your hedges grow too tall, especially those under your windows or nearby doors. Don’t give home invaders a nice place to hide. Make sure all of your doors and windows can be seen from the street.
- Have a dog, or pretend to have one. Keep a big dog dish and an over-sized collar on your porch. Put an “I love Rottweilers” bumper sticker on the back of the minivan. Many would-be burglars will pass by a home if they believe it has a guard dog.
- Put your lights on a timer. Have them go on and off throughout the day when you’re not home (and at night when you’re on vacation or out for the evening). As with deadbolts, you need to actually turn these on in order for them to act as a deterrent, of course.
- Pretend to have a home security system. Fake home security system stickers or mock security cameras can deter crimes of opportunity.
These budget tips will reduce your risk and increase your home security, especially when it comes to crimes of opportunity.