6 DIY Home Security Tips

If you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg purchasing one of those home security systems that college kids spend their summers trying to sell, you’re in luck! There are plenty of easy, inexpensive DIY home security measures that work nearly as well as any fancy security system.

Strategic Gardening

Surprisingly, one of the best ways to deter a thief from targeting your house is to keep up your yard. Thieves don’t like breaking into exposed doors and windows. So, by keeping tall or bushy plants away from your doors and windows, you discourage break-ins.

Also, if you plant roses beneath first-floor windows, thieves may think twice about climbing through your thorn-guarded windows.

Keep Everything Locked

Many thieves these days prefer the “hit-and-run” method, where they dart in an open door or window, grab the closest valuable they see, then bolt. This could easily happen even if you are home. So keep your doors and windows locked at all times and avoid leaving valuable items near open doors or windows.

Install a Peep-Hole

Another simple home security tactic is to install a wide-angle peep hole in your front door. Not only can you be confident about whom you open your door to, you can avoid obnoxious door-to-door salesmen.

Update Windows

If you happen to live in an older home that still has thin, easily-breakable glass panels, it’s time to upgrade to modern two-pained, shatter-proof windows. Not only will this make it more difficult for thieves to break in, the added insulation can help you save on your electricity bill.

Update Windows

Even amateur thieves are pretty good at picking locks, so make sure you upgrade the locks on your doors and windows. Reinforce your entry door strike plate and make sure the screws that hold it in place are at least 3 inches long. It’s also wise to buy locks (or even alarms) for your windows and sliding glass doors.

Install Motion-Sensor Lights

Motion-sensor lights are a great way to deter thieves. These lights draw attention to movement – exactly what thieves are trying to avoid.

With these 6 simple tips, you can sleep peacefully at night knowing that your risk of being targeted just dropped significantly.

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