Securing your home can be a daunting task but it’s actually a lot easier than you think. Many people spend tens of thousands of dollars getting their house secured by professional companies and in many cases those additions only add a sense of security rather than something that’s going to be effective.
At the end of the day if someone really wants to break into your house, they probably will. But your goal should be to create a house that is a visual hard target as well as impenetrable as possible. It’s expected that 1 in 36 homes are broken into every year, so your goal should be to make your house the least desirable to break into.
So here are 7 inexpensive ways to drastically increase security at your house.
- Light it up- Motion lights and solar lights are relatively inexpensive and are huge when it comes to make your house undesirable to break into. Your goal should be to brighten any dark areas at least some sort of light. The biggest reason for this is that it allows you or your neighbors to potentially see anyone who might be lurking about. Thieves also know that light is there enemy and will always tend to stay away from well lit houses. Motion lights and solar lights are available from almost anywhere and can range from $25-50.
- Security Cameras- Most people see security cameras and automatically think expensive. However, several companies now offer very affordable cameras such as the Nest Camera or the Ring Camera which go for around $250-300. If you aren’t wanting to spend that much you can always invest in fake security cameras which go for around $15-30. In reality the mere appearance of a security camera can be just much of a deterrent as a real one.
- Get a Security System Sign– If you don’t want to invest in a security system, you can always spend a few dollars and buy the sign. Just like the fake camera a security system sign can make an intruder think you have security system and not want to bother with a break-in. Again, the goal here is to appear as a hard target.
- Get a home security system- If you have the money we strongly suggest actually getting a home security system. In fact, homes without a security system are 300 times more likely to be broken into than one without. There are a lot of affordable plans and for around $40-50/month you can have your house covered. According to the FBI a large majority of break-ins actually happen between the hours of 6am and 6pm when people are at work. A home security system is the only way to alert authorities that someone has broken in if you aren’t actually home. If you are looking for a good recommendation of security system companies we recommend:
2. Protect America
3. Life Shield
4. Guardian Protect
- Make a safe room- While there are plenty of things you can do to keep someone from breaking in, it’s always a good idea to have a plan in the event that someone actually does. Safe rooms are typically a bedroom with one entry way with a possible method of exit (like through a window). The door to your safe room should be a solid core door. Ensure you emplace some sort of dead bolt system to help prevent the door from being kicked in. The room should have a phone as well as a first aid kit.
- Install antitheft film on your glass- There are many after market films that you can install on your glass to prevent someone from shattering it to break in. This is a good idea especially if you have glass next to your front door that can be broken to access your door knob.
- Get a dog- Original… I know. However, if you don’t want to invest in a family pet signs and fake dog noise machines actually do a great job too. Dogs are a great way to prevent intruders from wanting to have a shot at your house and in many cases the breed of the dog doesn’t matter.