5 Tips to Secure Your Home without Breaking the Bank

5 security tips

For more than any other reason, a home exists for shelter from danger. Whether simply for peace of mind or otherwise, a house needs to be secure for it to be considered a home. However, certain measures need to be taken to make a house a safe environment, specifically when security against trespassers is concerned. While everyone has the goal of feeling safe in their house, not everyone has the means to completely outfit their residence with modern security features.

Below are ways that people can secure their home without breaking the bank or paying a monthly service fee. While everyone's situation is unique, these are just a few home security tips can be applied to any family whose priority is protecting their home.


1. Utilize interior and exterior lighting


It's not always necessary to purchase an elaborate system. Home security needs largely depends on the family and the location of each particular residence. As long as flood lights are placed over the main entrances to the property and and the garage area, tenants put themselves in a much more secure situation. Properly placed interior lighting can also make a house more secure. For an added boost to your security, install motion sensing lights.

Why lights? Good lighting can deter criminals from prospecting your home.  If a property is poorly lit or otherwise sheltered from clear view from the street, it can be tantalizing for criminals. Equipping lights is an essential part of your home security.


2. Decrease visibility indoors


An underrated way to increase home security is to simply tighten up the way a house is presented. When it gets dark, there's no reason to have the blinds open. Having valuables in clear view of a window, such as an entertainment center or other expensive equipment, is a terrible idea to deter trespassers. Having a transparent home also means that criminals can more easily scope your routine and pick an ideal moment for their spree.

Why decrease indoor visibility? It's important to avoid advertising what's in a house for those on the outside, especially at night. If it's necessary for someone to see the inside of a house, they will be invited over. Too many people make the mistake of leaving their homes and daily routines wide open to public view by never shutting the garage, windows, or blinds. It's significant to do so and it goes a long way towards a secure environment.


3. Make friends with neighbors


Not only can getting more involved in the neighborhood be a nice social adventure, the process of getting to know the people who live nearby can immediately boost peace of mind and actual security around a home. Establishing a sense of community with your neighbors can make them aware when something is amiss at your property.

Why the neighbors?  The people in the same community form a natural neighborhood watch system, and the more acquainted a homeowner is with them, the easier it will be for them to notice anything suspicious around the house. Additionally, having neighbors who mutually trust you means that you may have potential house sitters nearby in the case that you ever need to leave your property for an extended time.


4. Reinforce window areas


Windows represent a place of vulnerability when it comes to common security issues. When the threat of an intruder is near, your priority needs to be more difficult for them than simply smashing a window to successfully enter.

Why the windows? Windows that are reinforced with strong glass or additional features - such as a stop screw to prevent complete opening - make quiet entrances much more difficult. In addition, homeowners should try and arrange their house in a way that an intruder could not reach through a broken or forced window to unlock a door. This is a usual method of entry during robbery that can be avoided with a little creativity around the doorways of a property, such as dividers and shelving.


5. Get a K-9


Dogs are the most playful and rambunctious alarm system on the market, and they are often virtually fool proof when home intrusion is concerned. In all seriousness, dogs are a great way to feel more comfortable at home. Not only do they have heightened senses of smell and hearing working in their favor, but they are naturally territorial and can quickly learn what seems abnormal around the property. While still a considerable financial investment, they can be an affordable, reliable, and intuitive asset to your home's safety.

Why a K-9? Dogs aren't only perceptive; they're a fun addition to any family. If well-trained, they're an effective security measure that not only alerts people to trouble, but provides peace of mind around the clock. It doesn't have to be a German Shepherd or another protection breed. Most dogs will suffice when it comes to having an additional presence (except for excessively social and friendly breeds, such as pugs.) I've personally found little Yorkshire Terriers to be great security guards. Generally, however, larger dogs are more effective at deterring burglars.

A house becomes a home when it feels secure. There are various ways to construct and maintain a protected environment, and these are just some of them that don't require an expensive investment. Also consider maintaining your property's parameters, keeping a fence of at least six feet, and installing a padlocked gate for additional security.

What other measures do you think homeowners should take in keeping their home safe?

About the author: Naomi Broderick is a professional writer who enjoys blogging about home security, preparing for emergencies, and parenting. When she's not juggling her three children in the front yard, she writes for Protect Your Home.