By Maile Timon
For most homeowners, keeping loved ones safe and protecting valuables is a high priority. Sometimes, however, home security can take a backseat to other construction and renovation projects. In many cases, security gets pushed down on the to-do list because people fear upgrades and additions will be costly, but this isn’t necessarily true. There are a number of inexpensive things you can do to boost your home security. DIY enthusiasts rejoice: this list is for you!
Get an Alarm System
This may not sound like a DIY project, after all, alarm systems require costly installation, right? While that may have been true in the past, the more recent wireless alarm systems are more cost effective and easy to install. Ditch the traditional systems that require installation and maintenance fees for an “ala-carte” security system that allows you to choose individual components.
Most wireless alarm systems include a hub or main receiver, which you can sync with other components like motion sensor or detectors. Depending on how many rooms you have, you may not need as many pieces or add-on accessories. Many wireless alarm components can sync with your smartphone so can get notifications if anything is amiss in your home. The best thing about wireless alarm systems is that they’re easy to set up, you can have your system up and running in a matter of minutes.
Install Fake Security Cameras
Tech junkies may want to get a real surveillance camera, but fake security cameras are a less-expensive, equally-effective option. Dummy cameras look like the real thing, and since a criminal won’t want to wait around to find out if your camera is real or fake, a strategically-placed dummy camera can make a potential burglar think twice. “Studies show the mere presence of security cameras and/or fake cameras decreases crimes of opportunity,” according to experts at The Home Security Superstore. “Simply installing a false security alarm or a fake security camera could save you thousands of dollars or even save your life!” Install your fake security camera and make sure to put the decal or sticker in a prominent, noticeable place so there’s no question your home is protected.
Use Motion Detectors
Burglars like to work in darkness, where there’s less of a chance they will be spotted or caught. Motion sensors and lights let you literally shine a light on a potential intruder. Install a motion detector on your front or back door or on a first-floor window. If a burglar approaches, an alarm will sound, or if you have a motion-activated light, it will illuminate. The light and/or noise will alert you and the neighbors that someone is on your property and the burglar will no longer have a dark, quiet sanctuary to take cover. No matter your budget, you can find effective, affordable motion detectors, sensors and lights.
Be Careful With Your Landscaping
You may take pride in having the coolest lawn on the block, but tall trees and thick shrubs can make you more susceptible to home break ins. Again, burglars prefer to hit houses where they have less of a chance of being spotted, and your shrubs and trees can provide an ideal hiding spot. This doesn’t mean you can’t get creative and plant colorful flowers in your yard, but when it comes to tall trees and thick bushes, remember: less is more.
Put Your Lights on a Timer
Burglars tend to hit unoccupied houses. If you put your lights and electronics on a timer, and set them to turn on and off at random intervals, a potential intruder won’t know for sure if your house is empty. The best news is you don’t have to buy new lights to take advantage of security timers and there are countless options you can use with your lights and/or your home electronics. Timers are inexpensive, easy to install and they can also help you save money on your utility bill.
Add these easy, effective updates will help you boost your home security without breaking the bank. Add these projects to your weekend to-do list so you can have peace of mind that your family and your valuables will stay safe and sound.
Maile Timon is a professional blogger and content editor. She writes on lifestyle and family, health and fitness, business, education, how to and more. Maile earned her Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism from Chapman University. When she’s not writing, she enjoys hiking in San Diego, CA. To see more of her articles, follow Maile on Twitter