While many of us would love to have a security system that would rival Fort Knox, the reality is most of us are just about flat broke, right? Here are some quick and easy DIY approaches to increasing your security in the home.
Hang a wind chime on the inside of every exterior door. You could leave them in place 24/7 or have them on a hook next to the door and just put them on the door every night as you check the locks. This is also a great way to determine exactly how far past curfew your teen is when coming home. I’m willing to bet you can find wind chimes at your local thrift store for under a couple bucks.
While you’re at Goodwill, keep your eyes open for a used baby monitor set. Put the transmitter near the door most likely to be used by an intruder and the receiver in your room. Turn them both on at bedtime.
Keep the area near your exterior doors free of bushes and shrubs. If you already have exterior lighting above the doors, consider replacing them with motion activated lights. Ideally, use the brightest bulbs you can in the fixtures.
At the back door, the one that is hidden from the road and more likely to be used by burglars, put an old dog dish on the porch or patio. Not a brand new one that is still shiny but one that’s obviously seen better days. Time and again, in prison surveys burglars cite the presence or suspicion of a dog in the house as a major deterrent. If you’re thinking of adding a dog to the mix, be sure to visit your local humane society.
You should go through your home and ensure you have a self-defense weapon available to you in each room. Pepper spray is a great choice. Kitchens, of course, are rife with improvised weapons — knives, rolling pins, heavy skillets. But, what about your home office? Or the bathroom?
Remember though, the idea is if there is a break in, you want to be alerted to it as soon as possible and your goal is to get out and call law enforcement. Only engage the intruder if you have no other option.