by Dana Eldridge
(San Diego, California, USA)
Most people, if not all, want their family, homes, property orinvestments to be well protected and secured!.
Almost everybody wants to be able to sleep soundly at night, knowing that their kids, wives, husbands, pets and belongings are protected from arson, burglars, stalkers and sexual offenders. With the rising crime rate all over the country, many aspire to make theirhomes more safe and secure.
There are many high-tech home security systems available on the market, such as sirens, motion detectors, biometric lock systems, alarms, alert mechanisms, and others. However, most of such security devices are very expensive and are complicated to use. Thus, only affluent people with high fence houses in plush subdivisions are usually the ones who can get the best home security systems.
For ordinary people like us, we can rely on our wits, common sense and other cost-effective home security measures to thwart bad elements. Here are some tips that can help you make your homesand investments more protected at a fraction of the cost of most security systems available on the market:
Ensure that your house and surroundings are well lit.
Criminals like to operate in the dark. To discourage intruders from breaking into your house, ensure that the entry points in your house are well lighted. If there are broken street lamps near your house, you should call authorities immediately and have them replaced.
Close all doors and windows at all times
If you think home intrusions only occur at night, you are mistaken. Your home is susceptible to break-ins anytime of the day. Thus, you must be conscious about keeping your doors and windows closed at all times, particularly when you are alone, sleeping or in the basement or bathroom. Statistics show that about 40% of force entries occur when people forget to lock their doors and close windows.
Install dead bolts and additional locks
No matter how basic locks and bolts may seem, they are still effective measures to deter burglars and other lawless elements. More often than not, burglars are attracted to robbing houses that are easy to enter. Such people will think twice before entering a house wherein they need to spend a considerable amount of time unlocking or picking bolts, doors and locks.
Make breaking into your house a noisy experience
Sirens and alarms are good ways to discourage a person from unlawfully entering your house or premises. If you are on a budget, you don’t really need expensive motion detectors or alarms. Just the basic siren or personal alarm is enough to make most burglars leave your house or family.
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