Whether you have a new family or you’re simply on a budget, there are many affordable ways to offer basic home protection without breaking the bank. In this article, we’ll share a few ideas to add a little extra home security to protect your family and keep valuables safe.
Deadbolt your doors
This one should seem fairly obvious since we all have locks on our doors, however, some locks may not offer as much protection as others. Oftentimes, the standard locks that come with doors can offer minimal protection if someone is trying to force their way through. Deadbolt locks are much stronger than standard locks and will provide an added level of protection to help keep unwanted intruders from entering your home.
Motion lighting for outside
Thieves want to avoid being seen so they like operating in the shadows. You can make it harder for them to do this by installing motion sensor lighting around your property. Hit the key areas such as doorways, walkways, and other entry points. This way, if someone tries to sneak onto your property without permission, the lights will turn on in that specific area. This is a great way to deter intruders because they won’t have the ability to creep in the shadows.
Cover your windows
Another affordable way to protect your home and keep your valuables safe is to avoid showing them off in the windows. Cover your windows with nice curtains or blinds so lurkers can’t look inside and see what you have. This is even more important when you’re not at home. You probably go to work each day or spend a reasonable amount of time away from your house for shopping, entertainment, or travel. Covering your windows can help remove the temptation from thieves looking for expensive items.
Get to know your neighbors
One of the most affordable ways to protect your home and your family is to get to know the people in the neighborhood. Oftentimes communities will have local watch groups, either in person or online, that report news and suspicious activities to fellow members. Stay in contact with your neighbors and discuss observations and community activity. If your community doesn’t have a neighborhood watch group, then see if you can start one. This way, you and your neighbors can work together to help keep each other safe. It’s an effective, and mostly free, way to help deter crime in your neighborhood.
Basic home alarm system
These days there are many inexpensive products and services that provide essential home protection and security. You’re sure to find a variety of options that are both affordable and highly effective. Search online for a basic security alarm system or contact the professionals and have them install something a bit more advanced. Either way, it’s a good idea to have added protection for your home and valuables. You’ll get the security you’re looking for plus added peace of mind when you and your family go to sleep at night.