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Happy New Year!
I’m grateful to God Almighty for sparing our lives to see the New Year despite all the security issues brewing in our country Nigeria. As we continue to battle the state of insecurity in the country, it’s important to develop your security consciousness in your home to ensure the safety of your family.
The security of your family and home is not an expense, but an investment against potential danger. So, if you’re limited in financial resources, the cost of a monitored home security system may not be within your budget. Although having a monitored home security system is one of the best ways to protect your home, there are other home security tips you can use to make your home more secure. These inexpensive methods rely a lot on your own common sense, as well as your ability to be creative.
6 Affordable Ways To Do It Yourself Home Security
1. Keep Track of Your Keys.
Be sure that all copies of your house key are accounted for, and are not stored anywhere near the entrances to your home. Though it may be tempting to hide a house key under a flowerpot or doormat, remember, criminals are aware of these hiding spots too. If you want to have an accessible extra key, leave it with a trusted family member or neighbor for safekeeping.
2. Turn on the Lights.
It’s a statistical fact that burglars are much less likely to target a home that is well-lit. To a burglar, a house with lights on is a house where there is potentially someone home. Since a lot of a thief’s motivation is to be able to steal without getting caught, they will usually avoid burglarizing a house that is well-lit. Leave a few lights on when you leave home for a few hours, in order to help protect your home. If you’re worried about the electrical expense, switch to fluorescent light bulbs, which do not require as much electricity.
3. Secure Your Windows.
A significant percentage of burglars are able to enter a home through an unlocked first-floor window. Remembering to lock your windows isn’t simply a precaution – it’s a necessity. Get into the habit of checking all of your windows before you leave the house, just as you would check that all of your doors are locked. Try to encourage other family members to follow this behavior as well.
4. Get a Guard Dog.
Ensuring the safety of your family and home can be guaranteed with the intelligence of a guard dog. If you’re thinking about purchasing a family dog, you may also want to consider choosing a breed that can also make an effective guard dog. If you’re only looking for a dog that will alert you by barking at intruders, there are many breeds that make good “watchdogs” as well. When choosing a dog that will be good with other family members, you do need to exercise a bit of caution. You can Contact Us for more information on this.
5. Keep Door Locks in Good Condition.
The safety of your home also depends on the condition of your doors. A door in a poor condition will grant criminals easy access into your home. Another inexpensive way that you can keep your home secure is to regularly test and maintain your locks. If you don’t have a deadbolt lock, it’s highly recommended that you install a deadbolt lock on your doors. Deadbolt locks offer increased security, and usually not so expensive.
6. Installing Door/Window Alarms.
A door or window alarm is a simple device, and usually not so expensive. It operates by having two “contact points”, which are separated when a door or window is open. When this occurs, the device emits a high-pitched alarm to alert you of the intrusion. As an inexpensive security option, window and door alarms are extremely effective. Contact Us to purchase these alarms.
What other do it yourself home security tips do you use to ensure the safety of your home and family? Share more in the comment section below.
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Thank you for your time. This is wishing you a prosperous and secured New Year!