Monday, January 22, 2018

Home Security on a Budget

There is sometimes the perception that doing something on a budget means cutting corners and compromising on safety and security. If you are a frequent visitor to these pages, you will know that this certainly does not have to be the case, but to prove the point, here, we have picked out some money-smart tips that are specifically aimed at making your home a safer place for you, your loved ones and your belongings.

Alarm the potential intruders

There is an apocryphal tale of two men being chased by a tiger. One quickly puts on his running shoes, and when his companion points out that they won’t help him outrun a tiger, he replies: “No, but they’ll help me outrun you.”

The point is that burglars look for the softest target, and the law of the jungle means that if your home is, or appears to be, a more difficult proposition, they will go elsewhere. A comprehensive alarm system can cost thousands, but if you take a look here, you will see how inexpensively you can purchase some well-worded warning signs that will be enough to convince undesirables to walk on by.

Shine a light

Criminals like to work under cover of darkness. Illuminating your entire yard like a football field can be expensive, and is unlikely to win you any friends in the neighborhood, but the idea is to have a lighting system that serves to both illuminate and let you know when someone approaches. A security lamp with motion sensor that is set to come on during the hours of darkness when someone steps near ticks all the boxes. It’s inexpensive, it helps you and family members to find your keys when you arrive after dark and it acts as a deterrent to potential housebreakers.

Secure the garden

Of course, the best idea is to prevent intruders from getting anywhere near your house, by having the boundaries of the property secured. Wooden fence panels are inexpensive, but are quite easy to scale. Consider adding a trellis along the top – it looks attractive, costs next to nothing and will break extremely noisily if someone tries to climb over it, immediately alerting you and most of the neighbors.

Put the keys away

We all know that it’s important to lock the windows and doors of our homes, particularly when we are out. But you would be absolutely amazed how many people leave the keys in easy reach, particularly for the windows, where they are often sitting in full view on the sill. Here’s a tip that won’t cost you a cent – put them all away safely in a drawer, and you are removing a source of temptation.

Keep those eyes out

Speaking of temptation, if you have a letter box in your front door, it provides a beautiful window on your home and belongings to prying eyes. An internal flap or draught excluder adds to the security, and will also save you some money on your heating bills in the colder months.


1 comment

Amy Drazen said...

Thank you for the tips. I am super cautious, as I have had my home broken into before.

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