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home security tips

Millions of burglaries happen every year but you’re not defenseless. Check out these quick and affordable tips to up your home security.

There are many things you can install in your home to increase security and safety including:

Peephole

You should never open your door to someone you don’t know but many entry doors don’t come with an easy way to see out. Installing a peephole is a simple fix, just drill a hole at eye level and screw it in from each side. Be sure to purchase a wide-angle peephole to get the best view of your visitors.

Secure mailbox

Mailboxes are an easy target for thieves, and not just the people eyeing your amazon packages. Your mail may contain sensitive information that can be used to steal your identity and create serious financial problems.

Safe for valuables

Jewelry and important documents should be kept in a safe. Remember to fasten your safe to the floor or wall so an intruder can’t take it with them.

95% of all home invasions require forceful entry, such as prying open a window or kicking down a door. These next few installations are cost effective ways to reinforce any entries to your home.

Window alarms

Windows and doors should always be locked but sometimes locks fail. Installing wireless alarms can be a second line of defense. The alarms will sound when the door or window opening which often is enough to deter an intruder.

Window pin locks and secondary patio door locks

Your windows should already have latches or locks on them, but many are not sturdy enough to withstand a pry bar. Installing a pin lock is simple and is a great added defense. Patio doors are also a weak spot in your home. An additional bar lock on patio doors can reinforce your safety.

It is also helpful to replace the screws in door jams with longer screws and to reinforce any flimsy exterior doors.

Motion detector lighting

A well-lit area is the last place a criminal wants to be, and motion lights are very affordable.

Alarm and/or surveillance system

There are numerous options ranging from professional grade to simple wireless cameras that can be installed in your home. Regardless which style you choose to use, don’t try to hide it. Simply having your surveillance or alarm systems visible will deter intruders. 83% of burglars admit they specifically looked for an alarm before committing their crime.

Having a secure home provides priceless piece of mind but as you can see, it doesn’t have to be costly.

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