Guest post from Madison Parker……
Home security should be a priority for every family. Unfortunately, not everyone can invest several thousand dollars in the latest high-tech home security equipment. The good news is that there are things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your home from invaders, all while preserving your bank account, too.
Here are some of the top inexpensive home security measures you can implement to keep your family safe:
- Get a cheap security system. No, we’re not talking about the one they advertise on TV that’s just $50 and then $75 a month for the rest of your life. Walk in to your local big box home improvement store and buy a basic security system for $100. It won’t have all of the bells and whistles of the expensive systems, and it won’t notify a security company if your home is invaded. It will, however, make a loud enough noise to scare off many potential home invaders.
- Consider home security signs. For even less than that, you can get a yard sign and some stickers that says you have a home security system. Signs and stickers don’t do anything to physically prevent someone from entering your home, but they will scare off some burglars and prevent some crimes of opportunity. Signs and stickers will run you less than $20.
- Make your home look dangerous. Just because you have a miniature poodle doesn’t mean a burglar knows it. In fact, by placing a large, used dog bowl on your front stoop, you can make it look like you have a Doberman or a pit bull. Consider digging into the bowl with a knife to make it look like there are bite marks for added effect. Barring that, place a muddy pair of men’s size 16 work boots on the stoop. Either of these items can be found at your local secondhand store for less than $10.
- Participate in (or start) a Neighborhood Watch program. Your local law enforcement agency should have information that can help you get started if there’s not already a program in your area. Neighborhood Watch has been proven effective at preventing burglaries for more than two decades now, and doesn’t require anything more than your time.
- Create an emergency preparedness plan. Make sure your family knows what to do in the event of a home invasion. Identify a safe meeting place. Train your children how and when to use 911. Just because a burglar makes it into your home doesn’t mean that he will successfully take your things or cause you harm.
- Use good locks. Window and door locks are essential for stopping home invasions. If a burglar has to spend more than a few seconds getting into your home, he’ll choose another home. A high-quality deadbolt lock will set you back less than $50 per door, and is worth more than most of the home security systems on the market.
Don’t let a low budget put your family at risk. Take the time to implement these low-cost home security measures today.
Madison Parker is a security expert whose interests range from both home and personal security – Get more home security tips at her blog Home Security Systems!