Having your house broken into would be a traumatic experience for you and your family. Unfortunately, home security systems can be expensive. The good news is there are some inexpensive precautions you can take right now to make your home burglar-proof.
Choose Smart Placements for Valuables
Watch where you keep your valuables. Take a walk outside your house. Can you see the television through the window? Is your MacBook Pro in plain sight? If you can see any of your expensive electronics or other valuables from the outside of your house, then burglars can see them too.
To keep your home from enticing burglars, move any valuables out of sight from the windows. It may take rearranging your living room, but it’s better than having your 75-inch television stolen.
This doesn’t only apply to valuables that can be seen from the outside. If you have a break in, thieves will often go to the master bedroom first to look for high-priced items. Find good hiding places for expensive items. Burglars will often check under mattresses and in drawers. Think outside the box and store your valuables where burglars wouldn’t think to look.
Install Security Equipment Yourself
Having a security system installed in your house can be expensive, and you might not have the budget for it. You can get a similar setup for a lower cost, however. Some home security providers simply sell the equipment and allow you to set it up yourself. If you’re on a budget, this may be the way to go. You won’t get locked into yearly contracts, and you’ll have more flexibility as to how you want the system to monitor your home. Many of these systems include remote monitoring solutions so that you can keep an eye on your home even if you’re out for a while.
Make Doors and Windows Difficult to Break Into
The front door is a common entry point for burglars. Often, they’ll kick down the front door to get in. Aside from replacing a weak door with a stronger one, there are a few things you can do to inexpensively reinforce your front door.
Check your deadbolt. Many deadbolts are only strong enough to keep the door closed. Replace the deadbolt strike plate with a box strike model. These are inexpensive but will give you extra piece of mind. If you also have a patio door, purchase a patio lock to reinforce it.
For windows, window locks can be an affordable solution. To make it even tougher to get through ground-level windows, consider planting thorn bushes under them. Burglars won’t want to risk the extra time and effort it takes to avoid getting entangled in thorns.
Keep the Outside of Your House Unappealing
This doesn’t mean make your house ugly. An unkempt yard or beaten down house can attract burglars. Rather, you need to make your house look like it would be difficult to break into. A number of ways exist to make your house unappealing to burglars.
Are there places on your property where burglars can hide? Homes surrounded by dense bushes and shrubbery make for easy targets. Trim your hedges and consider uprooting plants that are blocking your house from plain view of the neighbors.
A motion sensor light on the front porch can also go a long way. Burglars want to stay hidden, and a motion sensor light shines on their misdeeds. Dogs will also alert neighbors and yourself to a potential break-in. If you have a dog, don’t underestimate the extra level of security he or she provides.
Watch Your Locks
While it may seem obvious to keep your doors and windows locked to prevent burglaries, people sometimes feel secure enough in their neighborhood to leave their doors unlocked. In 4% of burglaries, the thief was able to enter through an unlocked door.
If you have a garage, keep the door to the garage locked as well. If you have a car parked outside of the garage, make sure it’s locked and that the garage door opener isn’t in view. Thieves could potentially gain access to your house if they’re able to get a hold of your garage door opener.
Take a look at your home and determine how secure it is. Consider having a trusted friend come by and point out areas where it might be easy to break in. If you don’t have a lot of money to throw at an expensive security system, use these tips to help keep your family safe.