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How To Secure Your Home Without An Alarm: Doors, Windows, Lights, Cameras, Smart Home, And More

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Person locking doors (caption: Ways To Secure Your Home Without An Alarm)No one wants to be a victim of a burglar or intruder, but there’s more than one way to protect your home. If you don’t have a home security system, that doesn’t mean you can’t secure your home.

You can piece together some simple equipment, hardware and homemade security ideas to increase your home security, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

Article Overview

Here are six quick and easy ways to secure your home:

  1. How To Secure Your Doors And Windows
  2. It’s All About That Light
  3. Keep An Eye On Things
  4. Make Your Home Smarter Than Your Neighbor’s
  5. How To Keep Your Valuables Out Of Sight
  6. Landscape To Deter Burglars

And lastly, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for a home security system. There are DIY systems we review that offer no monthly fee, no contract options.

1. Secure Doors And Windows

Doors and windows are the most accessible entryway for intruders, so you need to protect them. Always keep your windows and doors locked.

Masterlock in kitchen propping door up (caption: Best Door Jammers)Exterior doors should have sturdy hinges and deadbolts to make them safe. You can also use a door jammer to reinforce your doors and make them safer. Adding smart locks to your doors is another excellent choice for increased security. They can be harder to break into than a regular keyed entry and alert you if someone is messing with them.

Make sure your windows and their hardware are reliable and replace them if they’re not. If you don’t have them already, installing a simple window lock can be an inexpensive way to add extra protection. You could also consider smart blinds as a way to increase your home security.

2. It’s All About The Lighting

Smart Light BulbsOutdoor, motion-sensored security lights are a great way to keep things bright. You may also want to consider solar-powered outdoor lights. Both of these options offer choices for motion detection lights. They can be a helpful deterrent as their sudden onset can leave a burglar caught off guard.

Indoor smart light bulbs and timers can also help protect your home. By setting lights on timers or being able to control them remotely, you can give the appearance of an occupied home even if you aren’t there. It won’t be costly to add one or 2 bulbs in strategic locations.

3. Keep An Eye On Things

Man setting up an Arlo security camera outside (Caption: Best WiFi Security Camera)Installing security cameras will help you know what’s going on around your home, and their presence can make you less of a target.

There are lots of options that can fit any budget, so we review the best indoor security cameras and outdoor security cameras to help you pick what will work best for you. You’ll also want to read our installation and placement tips to make sure you get the most out of them.

4. Make Your Home Smarter

Google Mini on table with iPhoneWhen you add smart home features to your home, you can automate some of the devices that can help keep your home safe.

There are lots of smart home options, some more expensive than others, for you to consider. Keep in mind when you can control things like locks, lights and cameras remotely, you make your home safer when you’re away.

5. Keep Valuables Hidden

Outside house with garage door shut (caption: Garage Security Tips)When valuable items are visible, it entices criminals to enter your home. Ensuring valuables stay out of sight can be a low-cost solution when you’re mindful of their placement.

And, no matter what is visible, the master bedroom is the first place most burglars check for valuables, so keep them somewhere less expected to reduce the chance of losing the things you value most.

Keeping things like tools, lawn equipment and motorized vehicles hidden is essential to keeping your home from looking like an easy target. There are some great tips in our articles on shed security and garage security about low-cost, easy ways to have a safe place to store your things.

Packages often have valuables inside, and you need to think about protecting them too. Porch pirates can wreak havoc on your doorstep packages. Adding a few simple protections allows you to hide those valuable packages and keep burglars away.

6. Deter Burglars By Landscaping Like This

Keeping your yard well-groomed is another simple, inexpensive way to keep your home safe. Burglars want to make sure that there are places for them to hide while they’re breaking into your home. You can make it harder on them by keeping your landscaping clean and maintained. Doing this will help ensure that they’d be spotted trying to get into your home.

Burglar-Deterrent Plants

This 45-second video from Father & Son Repair & DIY discusses using roses as a homemade security technique. There are lots of plants with thorns and sharp points you can plant in your yard.

Step Up Your Home Security With A DIY System

You don’t have to have an alarm system to improve the security of your home. However, if you decide to kick it up a notch but you’re still not ready for a professionally monitored home security system, consider a DIY home security system. If you want to learn more, read up as we answer 9 burning questions on DIY home security systems.

Julie Fritz

Julie has been writing professionally since 2012. She is an active volunteer for a local arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. Everytown does comprehensive research on gun violence and makes recommendations on how we can all make our communities safer. Her involvement with this organization has given her invaluable information about how to keep our kids safe. She enjoys writing not only about gun safety, but from family-related content to informative articles about technology, events and healthcare. In her free time, you might find her hiking, trail running, biking or swimming. You might also find her in the kitchen where she loves to cook and bake.

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