If you are looking for ways to improve your home’s security, you will find plenty of tips online. But not all of the tips you come across online will meet your budget nor will they be something you can pull off that easily. Fortunately, this does not mean you are on your own. All you need to focus on is making your home look impenetrable to burglars, and to make this possible here are 5 home security upgrades that will be right up your alley.
1. Secure your Doors
The doors in your home will allow burglars to get in. They will prefer this over using the windows, as it is very risky to escape with valuables. For this reason, you will need to secure your doors, and you can start by upgrading the locks. The good news is that you will not have to spend a fortune to get high-quality locks. Additionally, you can install them on your own, which means you will not need to hire a locksmith.
Another great way to secure your doors is by installing better strike plates. These plates are what hold the bolt in place on the doorpost. Inferior plates are easy to break, so get the best strike plates possible and install them using three-inch screws for greater durability.
2. Invest in an Alarm System
Agreed, alarm systems can cost you a bit of money, but it will be worth every penny. Do keep in mind though you do not need to spend top dollar for a good alarm system. You can actually do without a fancy system. A security company’s logo, like the OGS Group, is enough to scare burglars away. So stick to the basic package, do not invest in monitoring packages and sophisticated systems that you will not even need.
As long as the alarm makes a shocking sound, you can rest easy knowing burglars will think twice before even thinking about breaking into your home.
3. Guard your Perimeter
To guard your perimeter you can look into installing motion sensor lights. This will definitely frighten away burglars because the element of surprise will be on your side after all. If you don’t have that kind of money, you can just install regular lights.
If you do not have a fence around your home already, erect one pronto. Even a short fence will do, as it will make burglars question themselves about crossing a barrier to get your home. While you are at it, manicure your property by pruning the shrubs and trees to let burglars know your home is well taken care of. It will also remove hiding places for them when things are not going their way.
4. Get a Dog
If you do not have a dog already, get one right away. The best thing you can do is to adopt a dog instead of buying one, making it a cheap option. By doing so not only will you give a dog a new home, but you will benefit from their presence. If that is out of the question for you, then put up a ‘beware of dog’ sign.
5. Get a Diversion Safe
With a diversion safe, you can store small items in an accessible area. But they come in all shapes and sizes, so make sure you get one that blends in with the rest of your décor and is spacious enough for your valuables.
The aforementioned home security upgrade tips will do wonders for you in the long run. If you have already implemented them in your home, then review your existing home security to check for weak points. At the same time, stay in touch with your neighbors and police to stay up-to-date regarding recent crime activities so you can prepare yourself accordingly.
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