21 Cheap And Effective Tricks To Keep Your Home Safe

https://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/18-cheap-and-effective-tricks-to-deter-burglars

  1. Install some dummy surveillance cameras
  2. Always remember to remove flyers from your doorstep
  3. Put bumper stickers on your car.
  4. Keep your landscaping neat and trimmed.
  5. Buy light timers for your indoor and outdoor lights.
  6. Pretend like you’re saying good-bye to someone inside when you leave your home – If someone’s watching you, they’ll be fooled into thinking someone is still home.
  7. Don’t leave your electronics boxes out on the curb – Drive them to the recycling plant yourself, or cut them up into smaller pieces and conceal them in your recycling or trash bins.
  8. Don’t leave a ladder just hanging out in your backyard – Most burglars don’t BYOL. So don’t make their jobs easier by supplying them with an easy way to get into your bedroom.
  9. Make sure that your mirrors don’t reflect your home alarm – Burglars might be able to see if your alarm is unarmed, so make sure you examine your mirrors from all outside angles.
  10. Mow your lawn! People will wonder if you’ve gone on vacation if you let your grass grow too high.
  11. Don’t leave status updates broadcasting that you’re away. – 
  12. Fake a TV glow – This little gizmo uses the same energy as a nightlight, works on a timer system, and makes it look like someone’s home.  
  13.  Buy some fake alarm system decals if you can’t afford a real one – ebay has plenty of these 
  14. When loading a car with suitcases, keep it quick and hidden if possible – Load your car in the garage with the door closed. If you have to do it in public, do it as quickly and efficiently as possible. 
  15. Reinforce your door jambs if you have weak door frames – Keep your doors from getting kicked in with this supremely easy DIY, which takes under an hour to install. 
  16. Cancel your newspaper subscriptions and ask the post office to hold your mail while you’re out of town – An obvious build-up of materials will let everyone know no one’s home.
  17. Use a wooden dowel or metal bar for sliding doors and windows so they can’t be pried open – Cut a wooden dowel so that it fits into your track when it’s closed.
  18. Invest in double glazed or toughened glass windows – Double-glazed windows as well as toughened glass are harder to smash through. Not the cheapest option, but you get added benefits. In the case of double-glazed windows, you’ll save money from increased heat insulation and they’ll block out more noise, which could increase your property value if you happen to live on a loud, busy street.
  19. Get a motion-sensor home security system that lets you monitor your home with your smartphone.
  20. Build a secret hiding place for your valuables.
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