5 Simple Projects to Incorporate DIY into your Protection Plan

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You can’t always afford the big-rig home security systems; but you can get the most bang for your buck if you go about home security the right way! Sometimes, all you need is a little added protection to your already installed security system that will help prevent, and potentially deter, unwanted guests from getting into your home. Here’s a good list of simple DIY projects to incorporate into your home protection plan.

1. Landscape Check

Overgrown trees and bushes are great for sneaking around. They allow trespassers ample hiding space and the opportunity for cover if and when they break into your home. If you have trees with heavy branches that stick out close to an unsecured window on a second floor, you might be giving intruders a way in. Take inventory of your landscaping, and trim all overgrown bushes and trees that surround your property -- especially around your home!

2. Shut Your Garage Door

This isn’t necessarily a project, but it is something that is often overlooked. Your garage is the safe house for some of your most expensive items: your cars. When you leave the garage door open, you are personally inviting outsiders to come in and take whatever they want. In addition to cars, garages are also often the home of pricey toolsets, yard tools, power tools, and more. You put a lot of money into the things you store in your garage, so make sure that you always keep the door shut when you’re away from home or getting ready for bed at night. You can also lock the overhead door shut at night by putting a padlock into the holes of the sliding train.

3. Secure Your Entry Points

Sliding doors and windows might lock, but those locking mechanisms generally aren’t made to withstand a lot of force. You can add some extra security that will help keep these types of entry points secured. Auxiliary foot locks will help keep patio doors shut and secure, adding more security than the typical vertical bar. You can also purchase some sash-stops from a local hardware store to give better security for sliding windows. Now, when it comes to your front and back doors, consider reinforcing strike plates by putting in longer, more durable screws. You might also consider building a fence that will help secure your entire property.

4. Install Motion-Activated Lights

Darkness is a home intruder’s ally. Eliminating the dark will help deter almost anybody from walking up to your home. Install motion-activated lights that shine on key areas: open yards, front doors, back doors, windows and garage doors. Essentially, you want to shine light on any entrance point or open area of your property. Even if an intruder does walk up to your home, they’ll likely retreat quickly once they activate the lights.

5. Fool Intruders

It’s not always practical to have a full security camera system set up around your property. However, you can still benefit from certain gadgets that give off similar vibes. You can install fake security cameras around your home for a higher deterrence factor. When a potential burglar sees the cameras, they’re likely going to be intimidated and they’ll just as likely leave your property quickly. You might also benefit from “Beware of Dog” signs, fake TV lights, and more. Deterrence is all about fooling intruders and keeping them from thinking your place is a good place to break-in.

It’s never a bad idea to invest in a home security system, but isn’t it nice to know you’re capable of doing so much on your own to make your security system all the more powerful. While home security systems are quite useful, they’re often only as powerful as you make them out to be. The best thing you can do as a proactive homeowner is cover all bases to help ensure you’re as secure as possible!

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