Burglaries continue to be a problem in the United States. According to The Ultimate Guide to DIY Home Security, there were more than 2 million burglaries in the U.S. in both 2012 and 2013, with nearly three percent of homes in the country falling prey.
Not everyone has the ability to hire a security guard or have a security system installed. That’s where DIY (or Do It Yourself) Home Security comes into play giving you ways to protect your home without hiring others or having a security system installed by a third party.
Benefits of a Security System
Even though 66 percent of break-ins happen at residential homes, only 17 percent have a security system. The benefits of home security is that burglars are much less likely to choose your home to break into. The last thing a burglar wants is to draw attention to themselves. Having an alarm that makes noise will draw unwanted attention, and even keeping a few lights on is typically enough to make a thief skip your house.
Basic DIY Security Techniques
Here are steps you can take to protect your home at minimal to no cost or hassle.
- Lock doors and windows: Subtlety is part of a burglar’s game, and you can’t be subtle when breaking down a door or shattering a window. Lock your stuff, crooks move on.
- Leave a light on: A few well-placed lights, or even leaving a TV on, shows that you are around. If you are, crooks won’t be.
- Pick up your mail: If you let mail accumulate in your mailbox, that shows you’re not home. Have a neighbor grab it or have the post office keep it.
- Don’t keep keys outside: One of the first things a thief will do is look for a key under the welcome mat. So don’t put one there.
Advanced DIY Security Techniques
These steps will give you next-level defense of your home.
- Advanced door lock: Go to the hardware store and add a dead bolt to your main entry points. You can install it yourself and get extra protection.
- Fake “security protection” signs: You don’t even have to have an alarm system. Construct a couple professional-looking signs and plop them in your yard. That’ll be a quick deterrent.
- Motion sensors: These can be bought at a home-improvement store and placed on doors and windows. The loud noise they make will notify others and cause burglars to run.
- Security cameras: Also can be bought at a store and propped up to oversee your property. If thieves see a camera, they’ll assume that you have even more security bells and whistles.
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