Home Security Measures That Don’t Break The Bank
Think you need to install a state- of-the-art, expensive security system to keep your home safe? Well, think again……
While you can certainly spend thousands of dollars and make your home a virtual fortress you don’t have to. You can significantly reduce the threat to your home and family with less expensive, common-sense solutions that are easy to implement.
Burglars and other miscreants don’t like obstacles. Encountering them, they’ll usually move on. So anything you can do to deter them can be quite effective. Here are some simply strategies:
- Instead of simple screen doors, install security doors.
- Replace exterior doors that have glass panels-or install deadbolts that open only with a key. Otherwise, it’s often an easy matter for a thief to break the glass and open the door from the inside.
- Have deadbolts on exterior doors.
- IF you get an unexpected knock on the door, find out who it is before opening the door.
- Put a pipe or metal bar in the middle bottom track of the sliding glass door to prevent them from being opened.
- Always make it appear as though someone is home. If you go out at night leave at least one interior light on.
- Keep drapes or blinds closed, especially in rooms with valuable items.
- Don’t leave extra door keys in obvious locations such as under doormats or in potted plants. Find a less conspicuous spot or leave key with a trusted neighbor.
- Keep doors and windows locked at all times
- Put latching metal or hard plastic covers over window wells.
- Have motion-sensitive lights around the entrance to your home, and possibly in dark areas where burglars could hide.
- Don’t leave notes on the door for friends or delivery people. This is a dead giveaway that you are not home.
- Store valuables in a safe or safety deposit box: don’t leave them in plain view.