Making your home more secure without spending a lot

19 Sep

The easiest way to keep from getting robbed is to make it more difficult for burglars to get in, or to make them think that it will be difficult to get in. Improving your home’s security doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

Check your locks

It seems simple, but a lot of people don’t. Burglars will look for the easiest way in and if they don’t have to break anything in order to break in, it’s better for them. Make sure all the windows have locks. Buy high-quality deadbolts for the front and back doors. If you have a sliding patio door, make sure that there is a locking system installed that prevents it from being opened or lifted off its track.

Be careful what you post

Social media offers you the opportunity to let your friends and family know what you’re doing. Unfortunately, it also offers others the opportunity to know what you’re doing and when. Refrain from posting about your vacation until you’re back.

Let there be light

Burglars prefer to work without being seen. A motion detector light is an easy security improvement that you can make yourself. You can pick one up for about $20 at any home improvement or hardware store.

Put a stop to it

Vacation offers a great opportunity for a burglar because they would prefer that you’re not there when they’re working. Nothing screams “Vacation” like a mailbox overflowing or a pile of newspapers. When you’re planning your trip, make sure to make arrangements for a neighbor to pick up your mail and papers or stop delivery while you’re gone.

Here’s your sign

Look, burglars aren’t rocket scientists. Sometimes they can be deterred by something as simple as a sign. Seriously! You can buy a sign for a fake security company at home improvement and hardware stores that says “Protected by CQRT Home Services” and they’ll buy it. Put a sticker that says “Beware of Dog” on the door. Yes, it’s simple. Yes, it’s silly. Yes, it works.

With just a few, low-cost home improvement projects, and by being cognizant of what thieves are looking for, your home and everything in it will be safer. Best of all, it won’t cost a lot.

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