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Going Solo: DIY Home Security Tips

Theif 464021341If you’re so dissatisfied with your experience with home security companies in the past that you’ve decided to go solo on the endeavor, then you’re going to need some DIY home security tips. We’d like to help you out with that by offering an extensive list of ideas for DIY home security.

  • Test out your home security as it currently is. Are there weak points? Do you leave the doors unlocked during the day? If you wanted to break into your home, how easy would it be?
  • Make a habit of locking doors and keeping windows closed (and locked, if possible). Even if you’re home, it’s a good idea to keep the doors locked because people can just walk right in and surprise you.
  • If you move, change all of the locks, just in case the old keys were stolen or lost.
  • Don’t lose track of your keys. 134531217Make sure that you have only as few copies as necessary for those who live in your house and always know where they are. If you have a spare key, give it to a trusted neighbor or family member to keep safe rather than hide it under the mat or in the flower pot. Another idea is to actually wrap it in tinfoil and bury it so that you can easily get to it whenever there’s a need.
  • If you DO lose your keys, replace the locks.
  • Don’t let it become obvious when you’re not at home. If you always park the car on the curb when you’re home, watchful criminals will know right away when you’re gone. Keep lights on even when you’re not at home. While this does use up electricity, just a few low wattage table lamps can do the trick and convince others that someone is at home.
  • Use the deadbolt. It’s much harder to for someone break into a door that has been deadbolt locked, especially without detection.
  • Never leave a note on the door for people who may come by; burglars will see it and figure out that you’re gone, giving them an open invitation to come into your home.
  • Keep your property well lit with many light fixtures and low wattage bulbs. Light discourages criminals because it’s more likely that they’ll be seen, and having low wattage bulbs in many light fixtures ensures that there are no shadows or glares and that your night vision isn’t ever decreased by looking outside.
  • Communicate with your neighbors. Develop relationships with them so that you can freely talk about any suspicious activity they’ve noticed. Many eyes that are all aware and observant and that discuss together make burglars less likely to get away with it. And if your neighbors know you and your family well, they’ll be able to recognize when an unfamiliar person is trying to get into your house.
  • Keep your yard well trimmed from bushes and plants. This indicates that you care more about your property and therefore will be more aware and attentive if something perchance were to go missing.
  • Don’t just let anyone in the house because they say they’re someone trustworthy. Ask for IDs or talk to them on the porch.
  • Family Pet 153703963Have a dog. Dogs are always seen as a threat; most criminals will avoid your house if they know you have a dog.
  • Protect your identity by bringing in all mail as soon as possible after it arrives. If you’re going out of town, ask the post office to hold your mail or have a friend pick it up for you.
  • If you’re going out of town, ask someone to house sit or at least to come by every day so that the property is not uninhabited for long periods of time.
  • Make sure your perimeter doors fit snugly in their frames so that they can’t easily be jimmied. And if the door hinges are on the exterior, remove them and place them inside the door frame so that criminals can’t simply take out the hinges to get in.
  • For sliding glass doors or windows, place a wooden or metal bar in the track so that they can’t be opened from the outside.
  • Keep the door leading from the house into the garage locked, or install a garage door sensor that can alert you when the garage is left open.