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Easy and Economical Methods to Improve Your Home Security

As technology develops, so do ways to secure your home. However, most people can’t afford to install cutting-edge security systems and gadgets, let alone a complex system that covers the entire property. If you can’t afford the latest security developments, you shouldn’t give up on the idea of securing your home. In fact, there are many inexpensive ways to make your home less attractive to thieves. If you want to find out what they are, read on for easy and economical methods to improve your home security.

A tall spiked fence has a significant psychological effect

If you are thinking about securing your home and don’t want to do any high-tech overhauls, it all comes down to deterrence. One of the most effective and simple ways to make thieves steer clear of your home is to surround your house with a tall fence (at least two and a half meters high) with spiked tops. Furthermore, if you decide to install this fence, make sure the house can be seen through it. It will demystify its appeal, make it less intriguing and it will send a message – anyone who tries to skulk around your home can easily be seen.

Keep it lit and shrub free

The second thing you should do is take care of the shrubs and all the “cover” space. When a burglar is staking out a home, they are strategizing and looking for all the possible places to hide or stay out of sight. In this regard, overgrown greenery is their best ally, so the best course of action is to don the working gloves, grab the pruning shears and get rid of all the shrubs. In order to really drive the burglars away, you should also keep the exterior lights on during the night. You should have at least two bulbs as your dedicated night lights – one at the front porch and the one in the back.

Don’t skimp on the locks

If there is one thing that doesn’t have a price in terms of home security, it’s the locks. Make sure to update your locks with models that are definitive and proven latest word in security. Furthermore, you can have your regular locksmith from Meadowbank install window locks and high level restricted key access systems – which guarantee the keys cannot be casually replaced without the direct involvement of the locksmith.

A home should always look occupied

With the tall fence, shrub free lawn, heavy locks and secure windows, your house will be pretty secure from burglars, however, there is one method to make your home more secure that always seals the deal – make a home appear occupied even (and especially) when you are not home. Burglars tend to break into homes that appear to be unoccupied for a moment, so you can take a few “stylistic” steps to create an illusion that goes a long way – if your family owns two cars, you can always keep one on the driveway. Additionally, you should always leave at least one interior light on and, if you are out just for the evening, maybe even leave a TV on. This is bound to deter the robbers.

Employ a neighborly lookout

Of course, if you own one car and you are leaving your home for a while, you can always ask your neighbor to park in your driveway while you are away. In fact, maintaining close relations with your immediate neighbors is a good way to keep your home secure, not to mention getting involved in starting a neighborhood watch. When you are leaving for a prolonged vacation, you know you can entrust your keys to residents in the house next door and ask them to keep an eye out.

Installing an expensive security grid and adding several layers of protection is expensive both as an immediate endeavor and in long-term – the electricity bill at the end of the month is bound to turn astronomical. However, house security is neither a novel concept nor should it be particularly complicated or exclusively connected to electricity. With a few tricks up your sleeve and a few precautionary measures, you can surely sleep tight.

This article is submitted by Diana Smith who is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls interested topics related to home design and latest DIY projects. In her free time, she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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  1. Salma Mehajabeen

    Even my dad used to switxh on the lights when we move out. It has become a practise for me right now. True maintaining relationship with neighbours is a task these days

  2. Great ideas! We have always depended on our neighbours to keep an eye on our house if we are going to be away for long. We have done the same for them too. 🙂

  3. These are some really insightful tips to ensure home security. Never looked at the issue in this manner.

  4. Thank you for the safe and helpful tips – always important to be safe!

  5. Agree with all the pointers, especially the neighbor ones! Our immediate neighbors play a crucial role in our life.

  6. I have been researching this subject for roughly 3 weeks now and this is really the first write-up which makes sense. How come it’s so hard to access quality information and facts dealing with security these days? Definitely value the energy you spent getting your thoughts in to words so first-timers such as me personally can take a step. Will there be a part two with your blog? Many thanks!

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