Upgrade Your Home Security Without Spending A Fortune
Perhaps you’ve recently been a victim to a home burglary or maybe you are now living alone after an uncontested divorce. Whatever the case, upgrading your home’s security doesn’t need to cost a fortune and there are several, simple and cost-effective ways in which you can beef up your security on a budget.
The most obvious is to install an alarm system. You can purchase a DIY alarm system from a hardware store although it is most effective when it is activated through a local home security company. Most security companies charge a minimum monthly fee and will come to your home when the alarm is activated.
It is a known fact that most intruders enter homes through either the front or back door. Installing a high quality deadbolt is therefore an excellent deterrent against would-be burglars. Of course, you need to remember to use your deadbolt at all times!
Your garage door is another weak link into your home. If you are prone to forgetting to close your garage door, you may want to consider installing a garage door timer that automatically closes the garage door after a prescribed amount of time (usually around 30 seconds). Of course, you can also override the timer if you wish to keep the garage door open for any reason.
If you don’t have a pet, now may be the time to adopt a canine companion to ward off intruders! Allergic to dogs? No problem: as surprising as this may sound, geese are also great “watch dogs”!
Should the worst happen and you are the victim of a burglary, don’t make yourself vulnerable by leaving valuables and important documents lying around. Rather invest in a sturdy, fireproof safe in which to store these items. Better still, bolt the safe to the floor so that the burglar can’t take it away with him.
A free home security upgrade that many home owners overlook is trimming overgrown hedges and trees. If you find that any greenery is obstructing the view to your home’s entrance, trim it back! If you want to plant something around your driveway, rather opt for a thorn bush!