Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Home Security | Comments Off on How to Increase your Home Security without Spending a Fortune

How to Increase your Home Security without Spending a Fortune

Being safe while living in your own or rented home is very important nowadays. However, not everyone can afford a state of the art security alarm system for their homes, and people often feel there are no other options for strengthening security. But that is not really the case.

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You don’t have to pay monthly fees for home security monitoring services, or invest in alarm systems that are too expensive. There are other, alternative methods you can use to up your home security levels and they won’t cost you nearly as much.

Let’s take a look at some of the cheaper ways to make your home more secure.

Lock the Windows Down

While it is true that more recent window mechanisms are better protected than old windows, they will always present the weakest security link of your home. Regardless of the type of windows, there are two tips you might want to consider:

  • Add a simple, cheap locking mechanism. Almost every window has a lock nowadays, but those are not really the strongest ones. You can simply add a small piece of wood at the corner of the windows after closing them. This way, even if someone breaks the locks from the outside, your windows will stay locked in place.
  • Add a window alarm. Cheaper window alarm systems can work on any type of window and will immediately send an alert if someone is trying to break in your home via the windows. Just spend some time looking for a window alarm on Amazon or eBay, where you can get them for as low as a few dollars. It is a very small investment, and it is more than worth it.

Keep your Home Well Lit at Night

This may sound and appear too simple. And it appears that way, because it really is simple. The fact is that light alone will deter burglars from your house. Criminals like nothing more than the dark, and if you take that option away, they will not find your house appealing. Keeping your lights on during the night, and also when you are not at home will make your house a lot safer.

If you do not wish to rack up the electricity bill by having the house lit up like a Christmas tree for 24 hours a day, there are some other lighting options available. For example, you can get a motion-sensor floodlight system for your garden and backyard for less than $40, sensors and floodlights included.

By having a motion sensor lighting system installed you make sure that the electricity bill stays normal, since they will only turn on once movement is detected.

You may also consider investing in Home automation systems. There are home automation features that enable you to set your lights to go on and off on a timer. For example, when you leave home for a couple of days visiting relatives or on a holiday on Hawaii, you can set your lights to go on and off at random moments, for a random duration of time. This way you will create the illusion that there is someone in the house.

Home automation systems can be used for other appliances to turn on and off randomly. For example, if you wish to make it even more realistic, you can set the TV to turn on for a while and turn off after a set time.

Install Cameras – Real or Dummy

One of the most common and conventional ways of adding to your home protection is installing a camera system. Without a doubt, this is possibly the most effective protection system. However, as you can imagine, these systems are much more expensive than the rest of the tips provided above.

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If there is no way that you can afford installing a camera system for your home, you can also make the illusion of having one. Potential burglars will never know the difference and still think twice before picking your home. These dummy security cameras can be purchased for as low as $10. To compare, a real camera costs at least 50$, but you will never settle for just one, and the additional options that go with it can make the price way too steep for your budget.

You don’t have to spend too much money to make your home more secure and feel protected while you are in it or out of it. Take these tips into consideration and start improving your home security as soon as possible.

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