Whether your home is full of riches or more full of soul, it’s always wise to take precautions for the safety of you and your family, even if you live in a safe neighbourhood. With any luck most home security investments will never have reason to be used, but if anything were to happen, it’s better to be safe than sorry and lock up – even the cheapest alarm will still sound when necessary. If you’re wondering how to add some home security on a budget, look no further.
Locking your door is a standard practice, but if you have lived in your property a long time or it is succumbing to some damage, be sure to have the locks changed. Ideally your front door be double locked – a door lock and a deadbolt. If you live alone or feel unsafe in your area, it may be wise to invest in a door chain as well so you can veto any knocks on the door. It goes without saying that you should lock all of your doors and windows before leaving your home, as this is the route by which the majority of burglars use.
Even if it is a force of habit to lock your front door every day before you leave or go to sleep, don’t forget about the garden gate! Barrier Components stock a wide range of gate closers to suit different budgets and frames, and the extra barrier to a potential home can deter thieves who decide it isn’t worth the effort.
DIY alarm systems are available fairly cheaply online, and as part of the kit you’ll receive a keypad for entering the safe code, and sensors to connect it to. Corners and doorways are the most effective spots for sensors – just ensure everyone in your family knows the code so as to avoid any drunken or sleepy alarm bells.
Security lighting at the front and back of your home is again a cheap method to deter potential burglars. These can be solar powered or connected to your mains electricity, but are placed at the doors of your property and fixed with a motion sensor to be set off at any movement. These serve to deter burglars from your property.
If you are going away on holiday, enlist your neighbours to keep an eye on your house for you, or join a neighbourhood watch scheme. Burglars tend to target vacant looking homes, so having a neighbour pop round to water the garden, feed pets, and collect your mail for you can eliminate signs that you aren’t home.
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