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Covid-19 has altered our lives. We spent the better part of the last two years confined to our homes. Many of us, who still had jobs, were working from home. Now, slowly but surely we are beginning to venture out more and more. Recently, employers have been looking to get employees back in the office at least several days each week. Going back into the office can be seen as a great thing on one hand, but on the other hand our homes are no longer occupied 24/7 and that has created new opportunities for thieves. Before you become a victim, now would be a great time to investigate home security ideas.
In this article we want to look at DIY home security ideas.
Thieves have an easier time breaking into homes that have a lot of hiding places. Keep shrubbery around your home to a minimum preventing thieves from hiding in bushes. Also, neatly trimmed shrubs may reduce potential hiding places for thieves.
Another tactic used to prevent break-ins, is lighting. Few criminal will want to risk breaking into a well-lit home and would prefer focusing their efforts on a home covered in shadows.
Install motion sensing floodlights near your front door to illuminate anyone coming up your driveway at night. This might scare off the young armature thief looking to break into your home. Additionally, any other outdoor lighting installed around your home could help as well.
The cost for outdoor lighting does not have to be expensive. Solar outdoor lights are a great inexpensive option for walkways and various locations around the exterior of the home. Even hard-wired flood lights can be purchased for a reasonable price and the DIY installation process is very simple.
Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. Consider double cylinder locks for some added security. Once you have purchased the lock of choice, take just a few minutes to view the video before tackling the installation.
Windows are a common entryway that burglars use to get into your home. Install window locks on every window and sliding glass door. Place vibration alarms on the glass. This measure prevents thieves from pulling or sliding open windows or doors. If a thief breaks or knocks against a window, an alarm will sound.
Yard Signs and Window Stickers
You might not think signs and or stickers are important, but their presence can deter would be burglars from entering your home.
Security Camera and Alarms
There are a variety of DIY security kits on the market. The systems range from those designed to meet the consumer with very basic needs, the needs of those consumers looking for a comprehensive package, or anything in between.
If you are worried about valuables, you may want to invest in a high quality safe. At the very least, if you don’t use a safe, keep your items out of sight.
One last thing. Be sure to research and find the best homeowners insurance for your needs. I have written an article dated December 31, 2021 with a list of homeowner insurance companies to aid in your search.
Each of the tips listed above are worth doing if you want to keep your home safe. The videos attached are designed to help the beginner get started.
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