You want to keep your home and belongings safe from theft and burglars, but most home security systems cost thousands of dollars. Plus, if you live in a rental, you may be prohibited by your lease from having a system. Fortunately, there are DIY home security tips you can take that are simple and affordable to implement so you can reduce your risk of burglary and theft and enjoy peace of mind.
Make Your Home Look Occupied
Did you know that an overwhelming majority of burglaries take place during the day, with the most common hours occurring between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.? Burglars tend to target unoccupied homes where they are less likely to run into a homeowner or be spotted by a neighbor. Homes where the owner is gone for an extended period of time, such as on a business trip or a vacation are especially vulnerable, which is why you should make your home look like you’re in town by following these steps:
- Keep your car parked in the driveway or ask someone to check on your house so that vehicles are seen in your driveway.
- Have the post office hold your mail.
- Arrange for lawn care for extended trips.
- Ask a neighbor to bring trash cans and recycle bins to the street and take them back to your house
DIY Home Security Starts with Keeping Doors and Windows Locked
This seems like a no-brainer as far as DIY home security, but you may be surprised to find that most burglars enter homes through either doors or windows that are unlocked or easy to open with minimal force. Installing window stops are simple ways to prevent a window from being forced open, while even a wooden dowel or bar in the track of a sliding patio door can stop a burglar from entering.
This also means you don’t want to leave a key out for service people, like dog walkers or repair technicians. If you currently rely on this method, consider installing a smart lock for your door instead. This gives you the ability to control your door lock from your smartphone and control who has access to your home when you’re gone.
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Create a DIY Home Security System with Smart Lights and Plugs
A dark, quiet house is a magnet for burglars, but fortunately, technology makes it easy to create a DIY home security system and make your home to look and sound like you have a house full of people. Smart lightbulbs allow you to turn your lamps on and off when you’re gone or set them to a schedule, while smart plugs let you to turn your TV or music on so it looks like you’re relaxing at home. These are also great ways to make sure space heaters, irons, and other fire hazards are turned off when you’re not home, giving you additional peace of mind!
Use Your Landscaping as a DIY Home Security System
Overgrown bushes and large trees make ideal hiding spots for burglars to break into your home because neighbors and passers by can’t see them enter or leave. If you have trees or shrubbery near your doors and windows, make sure they’re neatly trimmed and don’t block or obscure the view of your doors or windows.
Take your landscaping one step further and actively add plants that discourage theft and break-ins. Plants with spikes and thorns cause injury and other plants form a dense barrier that’s noisy when broken, both of which actively deter thieves. Consider these attractive options:
- Holly bushes
- Golden bamboo (when grown close to the house)
- Purple berberis
Sensor Based DIY Home Security
One of the easiest, most affordable, and also most effective options for your DIY home security system using sensors that detect movements. Sensor security, like the POM Alarm, is ideal to alert you to both burglary and theft from someone already in your home, like a service technician, house sitter, or dog walker. This second type of theft is much more common and also harder to prove.
Able to connect to your home’s wi-fi network, having a small sensor attached to your door, window, or valuables inside your home can alert you when someone is trying to open a door, drawer, or anything with a sensor attached. Attaching one to your jewelry box, liquor cabinet, medicine cabinet, or any place where you store valuables, immediately sends an alert to your smartphone or tablet to any kind of disturbance. This means if you’re home and your teen is in your liquor cabinet, you can confront them, or if it’s attached to a door or window, you can alert authorities, who will be able to catch a burglar in the act.
Affordable and simple to use, a sensor like the POM Alarm gives you more ability to protect your belongings from both theft and burglary.