Inexpensive Home Security Tips
These simple inexpensive home security tips go a long way towards protecting your valuables and
your family. If you are concerned about the high cost of a home security system you should know there are many
things you can do to keep your home secure without spending a bundle of money.
You may take some of these for granted and not give them a second thought. The truth is, whether you have a
home security system installed or not, these simple home security tips will definitely put your mind at
ease and keep your home and family safe.
Install a peep hole in your doors so you can see who is knocking. Not all robbers sneak in while you are away. Some
knock and then muscle their way inside once you unlock the door. A peep hole is inexpensive and fairly simple to
install. Teach everyone in your family to look first before opening the door and to never open the door to a
Put 911 on speed dial. If you have a security system, set up the panic button to dial 911, otherwise use the speed
dial function on your phone. In an emergency you may only have time to push a single button. Even your youngest
children can learn how to use the panic button. Having a single button to push, especially if it is an oversized
button, makes it easier for seniors to call for help in a hurry.
Lots of Lights
Keep your home well lit. Lights are an inexpensive home security feature. Lights chase away shadows that make for
hiding places. Install motion sensors in outdoor lights so they don't need to be on all the time. Using solar
lights outside helps save on costs as well. The walkway to your front door should be well lit for safety when you
come home in the dark. Keep lights above all of your doors and around the perimeter of your home. A dark house and
yard makes your home look vacant and more appealing to robbers.
Never allow your home to appear vacant, even if you will be gone for several days. Keep your yard mowed and your
mailbox free of mail. Install a mailbox that is large enough to hold all of your mail with the lid closed. That way
someone driving down the street can't tell if there is anything in your mailbox or not. If you will be out of town
a few days, have your newspaper and mail put on hold so it won't stack up outside your home.
Invest in good locks. Even though you want to save money and cut corners, locks are not the items to cut back on.
Your doors should have strong deadbolts installed properly. Always keep your doors locked, even if you are at home
working in the yard or garden. Don't forget to keep your windows locked too. If you open them for a breeze, close
and lock them when you are in a different room or when you leave the house.
Be secretive. Don't let the entire neighborhood see into your home. Keep your shades or curtains lowered,
especially at night when the lights are on. You never know when someone could be sitting outside in a car taking
note of the valuables in your home like an expensive television or stereo system. Also, keep your travel plans to
yourself so the whole office doesn't know you will be leaving town on vacation for a week.
Home security doesn't have to be costly. The inexpensive home security tips mentioned here might be all it takes to
make your home less attractive to a robber that is perusing your neighborhood. Intruders choose homes that look
like easy pickings so don't make it easy for them to break into yours.
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